Summary

From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere, comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro.
Fueled by a powerful curiosity - and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up - Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling - swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. 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.
For Michael Crichton, being a Harvard-trained physician, the author of two bestsellers, and a movie director is not enough. It is, he resolves, time to travel. From swimming with sharks in Tahiti to psychic experiences in the American desert, Crichton records his exhilarating quest through the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world.
©1958 Michael Crichton and © 2014 by Taylor Crichton's Family Trust (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Grateful acknowledgment is made to Harper & Row Publishers, Inc., for permission to reprint an excerpt from “The Way In” from The Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated from the German by Robert Bly. © 1981 by Robert Bly. Reprinted by permission of Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Miss L ttophi on 26-02-17

an ok book

for me i found parts of this book hard to get into some bits are very good some funny and some just bit odd

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs O on 26-05-16

Not what I was expecting

Given the title and description, I was expecting a series of excellent anecdotes about the author's travels. In fact the first part of the book is the story of his medical training which was interesting, the rest of the book was split between some entertaining anecdotes about his travel and experiences and a large number of stories about his exploration of the mystical which were much less interesting and, more importantly, not what I was expecting.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nicola P on 22-03-18

Captivating, but turns ultra metaphysical

Once he begins going to the psychics, skip to the last chapter to hear is rationale for having an open mind to metaphysical phenomena, then go back if you can stomach it. He admitts to having psychogenic neuropathy in medical school, but to my disappointment, he never retrieves this information to reflect that all these metaphysical experiences are likely psychogenic.

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3 out of 5 stars
By WPA Member on 29-01-18

Interesting but vital bio info missing

Critchon tells a compelling and interesting story of his vacations and his emotional/mystical retreats. But his life of writing stories and making movies is marginalized to footnotes and one chapter of Great Train Robbery. Even more sad is the story ends in the 1980’s, before Critchon became a household name. This highly narrowed focus is fun for what it is, but what it is is bypassing a lot of Critchon’s life and works.

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