John Pulkis, last seen aged 16 in The Thought Dial, is now 20 and traveling the backroads of Europe in a 1970 Volkswagen Westfalia with his friend Stephen. The boys are footloose and fancy free—or are they? When they discover that they have run low on funds, John suddenly finds himself in a spiritual crisis. Indeed, as he looks out at the passing ruins in this wintry landscape, he sees that he is a hair’s breadth from despair. Each road stretches into infinity—into the rest of his life. What if they all lead nowhere?
Or can enlightenment be found even here, on the lonely roads of Italy?
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About the Author
Paul Vitols ("Vee-tolls"--Latvian for "willow") was born in 1959 in Vancouver, Canada, to two refugees who met at an encyclopedia salesmen's Christmas dinner. He showed an early obsession with letters and words, which manifested in, among other things, the defacing of some of his father's books. In school he turned to filmmaking, and competed in provincial and national student film festivals. Nonetheless, the career he imagined for himself was in space science. But by age 20 he realized that, for better or worse, he was a writer, and he dropped out of university. Paul's love of film led him into script-writing, and in 1992 he, with writing partner Warren Easton, broke through with a children's TV series called "The Odyssey," about a comatose 11-year-old boy trapped in an alternative world run by children as a police state. The show, known for its edge and humor, received many international awards and was broadcast in more than 50 countries. At the same time, Paul was also at work on a novel, a literary thriller called "Truth of the Python," in which a hypnotherapist inadvertently regresses a neurotic young client to a past life as the Greek philosopher Pythagoras. Paul, after some close calls in the world of print publishing, finally brought it out as an e-book in 2011. His current project is The Age of Pisces, an epic of the birth of Christianity, which he is calling a "literary series"--the e-book equivalent of a TV series. Episode 1, "The Mission," will appear in 2018. Along the way, Paul has also practiced journalism, copy writing, editing, and technical writing. Indeed, to keep writing and creating he has also begged and borrowed, but not stolen--yet. He lives with his wife Kim in North Vancouver, British Columbia.