Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013 11:15 AM—Book Review: Travels


I just finished reading “Travels” by Michael Crichton.  The name Michael Crichton might sound familiar to you and that is because he is the same author that wrote “JurassicPark”.  However, the book I read is called “Travels” and for obvious reasons I was drawn in by the title alone.

Unlike “Jurassic Park”, “Travels” is a non-fiction novel.  It is almost an autobiography by Crichton.  I say almost simply because he doesn’t really talk about his childhood at all and I’m sure there are many major events in his life that are left out.  However, he starts off the book talking about some of his experiences in medical school.  He actually managed to finish medical school and never became a doctor.  Instead he became a writer and really started to travel the world.  As the book progresses, you start to realize that this book is not just about his physical adventures as he travels the world.  It is also about some kind of metaphysical travel that he does internally throughout his life.  There are mentions of many mental explorations including psychics, meditation and mediums.  Despite what you may think about some of these things, this book is worth reading if only to get a feel for his global experiences.  He has travelled from East Africa, to Bangkok, to New Guinea and South America.  He also manages to relate all of these physical experiences to his internal journey.

To me this book was fascinating, partly due to the fact that I’ve been to some of the remote places that he is talking about, but about 30 years later.  If you are interested in travelling to the deepest depths of the Earth, I would suggest reading this book.  I actually now want to go back and read “Jurassic Park”.

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