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Travels

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Worth reading for Crichton fans

This book fascinated me. I've read most of Crichton's fiction, and I've been particularly interested in the way his characterizations of men and women have changed over time. Now I understand the background for those changes in his work, after reading this chronicle of ...
This book fascinated me. I've read most of Crichton's fiction, and I've been particularly interested in the way his characterizations of men and women have changed over time. Now I understand the background for those changes in his work, after reading this chronicle of decades of this author's personal development. 'New Age' experiences do nothing for me, but I nevertheless found it interesting to read about Crichton's perception of such experiences - and, especially, about his need to have them. The medical school chapters and the straight travel chapters engaged me best, though, because I could relate to them in a way I couldn't hope to relate to his accounts of channeling, exorcism, and so on. Worth reading for Crichton fans, although I'm not sure how much interest this book might hold for someone unfamiliar with his fiction.

posted by Anonymous on August 13, 2005

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not a Travelogue

I enjoyed the first part of the book - his experiences in med school and his initial travels - not only for the places he visited, but for the insights into himself and people he met along the way. The end of the book moved far from being a travel book - it became a ho...
I enjoyed the first part of the book - his experiences in med school and his initial travels - not only for the places he visited, but for the insights into himself and people he met along the way. The end of the book moved far from being a travel book - it became a how-to for meditation and "new age" experiences. I found the change in focus unexpected and disappointing.

posted by jkphoenix1 on February 9, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2000

    Deep

    I first read 'Travels' back in 1988. I had just completed 'Sphere,' and I noticed an ad in the NYTBR. As an 18-year-old, I thoroughly enjoyed 'Travels.' Since then I have re-read the book every 18-20 months. I just re-read it yesterday. 'Travels' is a wonderful collection of self-reflections. I find it interesting that Crichton's 25th college re-union was in 1989. Travels came out in 1988.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    The Importance of 'Travels'

    I'm a huge fan of Dr. Crichton's previous novels. I came to 'Travels' only recently, partly because I had exhausted his entire oeuvre. In short, I was stunned. 'Travels' is the best of Crichton's books: the most informative and the most personal. His journeys, while exquisite, aren't really important; beneath the exotic locales lies an intense need for self-exploration. Gradually, the big questions take shape. What should I do with the rest of my life? Have I seen and done all there is to see and do? What are the limits of human experience and scientific explanation? 'Travels' is about turning points, the places where life darts off in new directions. It is one of the most influential books I have read to date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2000

    Travels takes your mind on a journey

    Having read nearly almost all of Crichton's works (including an obscure novel entitled Dealing, which he wrote with his brother Douglass) I found Travels to be one of his best novels. The book reminds me of Kerouac's On the Road; a journey across the world in pursuit of answers with hardly any idea of what the questions are. But it is the pursuit of the great unknown which allows Crichton to learn about life and how success isn't always measured in fame and fortune. By seeking answers, he opens himself up to a world of questions. Crichton's mind is like a sponge. He observes, experiences, and translates the events of his life in a way we can all relate. He challenges the reader to view the world in a way that will compell him/her to experience things in a whole new way. Travels is a must read.

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