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A bold narrative written by a man trying to stay alive by staying on the move. Within a ten-month period, Neil Peart suffered family losses so devastating that they left him a ghost — physically a man but with nothing inside: no hope, meaning, faith, or desire to keep living. One year after the first tragedy, Neil was choosing between life and his own death. Finally, all he could decide was motion. He got on his BMW R1100GS motorcycle, and over the next 14 months, rode 55,000 miles, in search of a reason to live. On a journey of escape, exile, and exploration, he traveled from Quebec to Alaska, down the Canadian and American coasts and western regions, to Mexico and Belize, and finally back to Quebec. While riding "the Healing Road," Neil recorded in his journals his progress and setbacks in the grieving/healing process, and the pain of constantly reliving his losses. He also recorded with dazzling, colourful, entertaining, and moving artistry, the enormous range of his travel adventures, from the mountains to the sea, from the deserts to Arctic ice, and the dozens of memorable people, characters, friends, and relatives he met along the way, and who increasingly contributed to his healing and sense of meaning and purpose. He begins the journey with nothing, "the Ghost Rider." What he finally attains is joy, love, and indelible memories of the most extraordinary journey of his life. Ghost Rider is a bold, brilliantly written, intense, exciting, and ultimately triumphant narrative memoir from a gifted writer and musician, who started out as a man reduced to trying to stay alive by staying on the move.
Published: ECW Press an imprint of ECW Press on Jun 1, 2002
ISBN: 9781554907069
List price: $13.95
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The grief that the author deals with is a common one. His solution is unique. He has some great adventures along the way, and there are friends who lend support. Ultimately, though, his grief seems to be worked out by finding new love. Or maybe he is able to love when his grief is finally healed? Interesting book either way.read more
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This is not a book I would normally read - a high school friend from years ago mentioned he had just finished reading this book and I should read it. I was amazed at how much I enjoy the style, pace and descriptions used in this book. I did recommend it to a number of people - A great story- written with clarity, compassion and understanding of the human mind and how we deal with tragedy in our lives.read more
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Compelling, heartfelt examination of a life destroyed by double tragedies. Mostly also entertaining & very readable, with a lot to take away. Begins to drag as a travelogue after a while, but still lots to enjoy & take away for serious travelers, motorcyclists, and those going through trying times.read more
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The grief that the author deals with is a common one. His solution is unique. He has some great adventures along the way, and there are friends who lend support. Ultimately, though, his grief seems to be worked out by finding new love. Or maybe he is able to love when his grief is finally healed? Interesting book either way.
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This is not a book I would normally read - a high school friend from years ago mentioned he had just finished reading this book and I should read it. I was amazed at how much I enjoy the style, pace and descriptions used in this book. I did recommend it to a number of people - A great story- written with clarity, compassion and understanding of the human mind and how we deal with tragedy in our lives.
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Compelling, heartfelt examination of a life destroyed by double tragedies. Mostly also entertaining & very readable, with a lot to take away. Begins to drag as a travelogue after a while, but still lots to enjoy & take away for serious travelers, motorcyclists, and those going through trying times.
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A good read. Some parts tend to drag, but worth checking out.
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Neil Peart, drummer for the band Rush, wrote this amazing book after experiencing the loss of first his daughter and then 6 months later, his wife. Struggling with day-to-day living, wondering why and where he fits into the world, Neil becomes a Ghost Rider, traveling highways and byways on the healing road, a journey to make peace with himself and the randomness of life and death. When looking for this book, I found it in the travelogue section of Barnes & Noble, which surprised me as I was looking in the Grief section. His honesty about his feelings, even the ugly ones, are what I connected with most and I understood his analogies of riding with ghosts and encountering many along his path. Good days, bad days, he rode his bike trying to outrun the pain of loss, but in the end realizing that there will always be a place in us that holds that pain, sometimes quietly, sometimes in-your-face. He does learn that if we can just stay engaged in living, time will help broken hearts and life can still hold something special. I enjoyed his descriptive writing about the places he visited. I understood his journey.
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Powerful journey through grief to recovery and rebirth. Hate Rush? Well you should read this book anyway!
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