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"Entertaining, and in the best sense of the word, unsettling." THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD Fueled by a powerful curiosity--and by a need to see and feel and hear, firsthand and close-up--Michael Crichton's travels have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling. This is a record of those travels--an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction. From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 1988
ISBN: 9780394562360
Characteristics: xi, 377 p


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Jun 15, 2015

I'm not much of a fiction reader, but love a good memoir. This one, not so much. This is Crichton's autobiography of his early writing life, and personal development through travels. The most fascinating part of his life (to me), is his short-lived pursuit of a medical career. Every doctor has a few good patient care stories, and Crichton reaches a point in his writing career when he feels removed enough to share. He completes his MD and never practices, becoming a fiction writer and screen writer in med school.
After the first few chapters, the book takes a turn for the dull and strange. Crichton is a real dog, and it is difficult to track the female characters in his life. He seeks adventure through travel (interesting), but tends to the crackpot in his studies of mysticism.
Crichton is a fine writer, and the book reads easily and quickly.
Recommended for Crichton fans, middle of the road for other readers.

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