The Bone Man of Benares: A Lunatic Trip Through Love and the World

The Bone Man of Benares: A Lunatic Trip Through Love and the WorldIn 1971, Fed Up With The Politics And Culture Of America, Terry Tarnoff Packed A Bag, A Guitar And Sixteen Harmonicas And Headed Out On An Eight Year Journey That Would Take Him Into The Jungles Of Africa, The Mountains Of India And Beyond Smoking A Chillum Around A Funeral Pyre With Lepers, Battling Fist Size Cockroaches In Mombasa Africa Or Driving Through The Poppy Fields Of Thailand With A Kamikaze Cab Driver, Each Adventure Leads Terry Further Into Worlds Unlike Those He Has Ever Known Through An Eclectic Coterie Of Like Minded Expatriates From A Heroin Junkie In Bangkok To The Girl Of His Dreams In Stockholm Terry Begins To Discover The True Purpose Of His Travels An Energetic Exploration Of One Drop Out S Search To Find Answers In A World That Poses Only Questions, Tarnoff S Journey Is An Exploration Of Freedom And An Effort To Push The Limits Of Human Experience With Wit, Irreverence And Than An Ounce Of Pathos, The Bone Man Of Benares Traverses The Chasm Of Time And Through His Startling Adventures Speaks To Readers Young And Old About The Universal Need For Connection. I have had this on my shelf a long time, and hadn t really looked at it since I bought it I wasn t sure what it was when I picked it up it is categorised on the back as travel memoir I see that after its initial release it has been subtitled a novel based on a true story , which seems a much realistic assessment than travel memoir.In many respects, it is similar to Gregory David Roberts Shantaram, which is a real love or hate book Personally, I consider once you remove your self from a position total belief, Shantaram is enjoyable, and I also enjoyed this with some suspended belief.In the book we visit interesting places many of which I have visited Thailand, Laos, Sweden, Amsterdam, Paris, Greece, Kenya, India, Nepal and Indonesia, amongst others They are a fitting backdrop for the drug induced travel of a musician, who shags his way from destination to destination with a succession of hot girls he picks up.Set in the 1970s, the destination are not the worn out tourist traps they are now, but offered a bit
You ll never find another book like this because this world is gone forever Tarnoff s adventures in this book occur at a time when hippies, poets, musicians wanderers with rucksacks populated special places in the world Terry Tarnoff is a harmonica player from the Midwest who falls in love with the beautiful Annika in Stockholm, travels with her to Amsterdam and Paris, then loses her in Greece The rest of the book is an existential, philosophical, epical voyage through Africa and Asia, a crazy, psycho chemical interweaving of the cultures of Nairobi, Calcutta, Kathmandu, Laos and Bali with a fierce introspection the obsession of a hyper romantic, poetic young man Tarnoff s observations of the intercsection of the hip international youth with the local population of Nepal, India and Laos is a funhouse of brilliant comedic revelation He reaches points of hilarious situational absurdity which one could never imagine in today s googlized global world Tarnoff s writing is magical, hypnotic in its rhythms, spilling out in cascades of bright cinematic eruption as we see the wonders of the east through his eyes He constantly reacts with razor sharp cynical wonder at the insanity of the conundrums in which he finds himself The elusive Annik
I love this book soooo much It has all of my favorite themes It takes place in the tumultuous seventies, chronicles one man s search for the love of his life, the meaning of his life and all the other unanswerable questions It involves plenty of gratuitous drug use, hot sex and strange rituals in smoky far off lands You can almost smell the odors and aroma of the countries he travels to I ve read it multiple times, have memorized dialogue, and I highly recommend this book t
Aqui e no meu blog Ladybug Dots tamb m na vers o portuguesa.English This book is simply awesome As you know, I will not talk about specific details of the story I don t like spoilers.With this book we travel with the writer in a part of his trip around the world We read about his experiences, the places he visits, the people he meets, the thoughts and emotions in his soul.It s a world that it s gone there are things of those years we can t have back, not with the same intensity of those times, with backpackers around the world, sometimes not knowing where to go exactly, when they ll come back In this book, Terry visits Stockholm, Greece, Paris, Nairobi, Calcutta, Kathmandu, Laos, Bali The description of the environments made me feel I could visualize everything written on those sentences.To me, it s than a book that narrates the trips and experiences of Terry it s also a book where he loses and finds himself, along the journey, where he meditates about the world and about the spiritual And, to be honest, I don t think this is a good travel book, since I don t read many of that genre In my opinion, than the places, Terry shows us the people, the energy they transmit, his emotions towards the people or the situation.While reading, I laughed, I felt emotional, I felt surprised The writer speaks with simplicity, emotion, like he s telling you this adventures in a coffee shop, in the same table as you The empathy I felt for Terry, with his emotions an
The Bone Man of Benares is my favorite book by Terry Tarnoff The quixotic exotic adventures are told in Terry s all too human voice you will want to read the book over and over again, and you will wonder if this really happened It did Reading one of Terry Tarnoff s novels is remarkably akin to listening to him play harmonica It is like listening to some great blues song you begin to smile along as Terry takes you on the ride of a lifetime, and you just want to keep going This word maestro lets the reader into an exciting, exotic adventure of a lifetime Terry travels the globe unraveling the mystic and peering in to every corner from the mundane to the divine This is a book that makes you laugh out loud in surprise and moan in empathy as Terry is caught up in his quest For that is what the book chronicle a quest made by a tribe of North Americans, Europeans and others in the pursuit of the meaning of life or at least a good time As Terry says in one of his lines, we did not travel to conquer we returned to learn This book documents Terry s travels in Europe, India and Africa from Greece to Nep
If you re ok with suffering from severe, life altering wanderlust, then please, do delve into Terry Tarnoff s world It s your world, too, like you ve never seen it An absolutely fantastic read The hard part is closing it and thinking about your tomorrow,
Seriously one of the best books ever, and by far the best travel adventure book Ive read, nothing comes close, I only wish people knew about it Hard to come by copies in Australia, but have passed this book onto one other adoring fan who I hope spread it further. One of the prototypical draft dodgers of the Vietnam War era, American student Terry Tarnoff left the States in the early 1970s and embarked on a worldwide journey of self discovery Lest you think this book is filled with platitudes and Buddhas, however, allow me to set you straight this is a fiery, drug fueled voyage from The Netherlands to Scandinavia to Greece to Africa to India and beyond, with Tarnoff romancing women and blowing blues harmonica the whole way.It s an interesting juxtaposition, his very grounded addictions to sex, drugs, and rock n roll contrasting with the inner peace he seeks and the spiritual locales in which he finds himself The book is filled with apocryphal encounters and conversations he couldn t possibly remember decades later, so in one sense this is partially autobiographical and partially fictional But one still gets the sense that Tarnoff has covered the essentials and really put himself out there, warts and all, for the reader to judge.As for me, I was also once a young American who left the States and ended up lonely and confused in Asia, so I guess you could say I m the ideal audience for the book But it may have hit too close to home because I found myself frustrated by his initial carelessness with his lovers hearts, and his self centered posturing Was I root
It should be a good book The first 70 odd pages tell the last third of the story, chronologically, of a man who gave up his job and went on the ultimate hippy trip round the world The first part of the book is some of the funniest stuff I have read on paper regarding the authors characters adventure Then after 70 pages it jarringly chan
A few interesting tidbits, but mostly this book is all about a young American who traveled around for a few years and wants to talk about how adventurous and generous and good looking and talented he is The self aggrandizing stories get pretty tiring If you want a GOOD

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Bone Man of Benares: A Lunatic Trip Through Love and the World
  • Terry Tarnoff
  • English
  • 15 March 2019
  • 9780312324476