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And you can feel the loss, the endless, soul-crushing loss of losing both his daughter and wife over a 10-month period--his 19-year-old daughter in a car accident, and the slow, agonizing death of his wife afterwards, dying of a broken heart. Reading how little hope Mr. Peart had, and wanting so desperately to help him find his north star again, the reader is immediately part of his story. It's his best book by far (although he's always a good writer, this one reveals his true humanity).
Buy it, bookmark it all over the place, and read it again in a year, when your heart is ready for it.
I fully understand his reasoning and purpose for writing this book. The man went through a tremendous tragedy, with the almost back-to-back deaths of his only child and then, his wife. If the same were to happen to me, I'm not sure I'd have the strength or will-power to even consider taking on the task of writing a book. But, he did. And, kudos to him for that.
However, this book plays out more like a travel guide to the North American continent more than anything else. Sure, the descriptions of the landscapes, weather and wildlife are all there in great, colorful detail. But I grew rather tired of hearing about mountains, valleys, rain, heat, etc., over and over again.
To make things worse, there are NUMEROUS transcripts of letters that Neil wrote to various friends and family members during his travels. In these letters, he usually describes all of the things that you just read about in the previous couple of pages. So, you get to read it all over again, only in a slightly different context. To be honest, I literally "skimmed" through the last 10% of the book, just to get it over with.
It truly pains me to write this rather harsh review of a book, written by a man that I really admire. But, this one took me a long time to get through. I'll definitely check out some of his other books, but not before I read some of the prior reviews FIRST!!
Now that I've become a fan, I've gotten the outside story of Mr. Peart's loss. The Rush R40 documentary was a good yarn, but I wanted the inside dope. Mr. Peart opens his mind pretty completely. All the highs and lows, the stubbed-toe reminder memories, help from good friends, annoyance with most of humanity - it's all there.
Coupled with a 1998 view of places in the American and Canadian West I know well and some I don't, plus suggestions of new authors and their books to read, and you have a real winner. Moab has been overrun by tourists, and the old-timers I knew there have mostly gotten disgusted and moved on. But Vancouver BC, Yosemite, New Mexico and Colorado are still pretty much as described. And that's just a thumbnail of Mr. Peart's travels.
Read the book (or listen to it) - it's well worth the mind-pictures to other spaces.
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I rarely read books but this is an interesting insight into the world of a very private individual and that dark period in his life after the Test for Echo album and tour. Very descriptive and enjoyable in book 1 and quite emotional in sections but I couldn't help but come away from the book a little disappointed. A little self indulgent at times and towards the end felt a little rushed, almost drawing a line under events. From what I understand he comes across in the same manner in his other books with little love for touring and other people. With the subject matter of this book you could give him the benefit of doubt but I think I'll give the others a miss for fear of possibly "shattering the illusion"
All said the guy was a genius and he and the band will be sorely missed. Rip Neil.
The tragic events that happened to him and his family are documented here as well as the extraordinary journey that followed.
I am certainly not a critic so i will have to finish here but I cannot recommend this read highly enough.
I learned one very important lesson from this book.
Even in the darkest moments of a life, light and beauty is still everywhere to be found and being alive truly is a gift.
The tragic loss and grieving process was heartfelt .it didn't pull
Any punches and if you have lost someone will identify with it.it's not easy read because of the subject matter and also
Because the road trips he took were distracting,but also fascinating.I got this book mainly because I am a massive rush
Fan and have always loved his intelligent lyrics.the biggest compliment I can give this book is the letters he writes on the road,feel is as if he is talking to you the reader.long may John
Ellwood taylor continue to find peace.
What drew to this book, was the subject matter, as I too have had to deal with the loss of three family members in the last year. I'm dealing with it in my own way, but given free time and money, I would have liked to have done the same as Neil.(especially as I have a massive sports touring bike under cover, at present unused!)
I was impressed with Neil's easy style, particularly his lack of fear at expressing his feelings of jealousy toward people being able to share life in a way that he no-longer could, which I too share.
I haven't finished the book yet, but will as soon as I can!
Thanks Neil! you've really helped.
As a biker, really appreciated the parts of the book where Neil clearly conveyed the excitement of a good road being ridden and the emotion this can bring about within the rider
Overall - a good read but be prepared for emotion of a man who clearly has a lot to deal with.