Rambling Towards Jerusalem: Journeys of a Fremantle Boy

Rambling Towards Jerusalem: Journeys of a Fremantle Boy

by Peter Elliott


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Rambling Towards Jerusalem is an often hilarious memoir of a young traveller’s journeys through 40 countries during four years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Join Peter Elliott as he heads to Kathmandu, distancing himself from his Mormon upbringing and attempting to cross two continents with 30 other people in a bus with no toilet. A string of adventures and misdemeanours see Peter in Kashmiri riots, in lawless towns on the Pakistan-Afghani border; discovering gold in Western Australia, plunged deep beneath the Red Sea, neglecting an amazing opportunity to be sponsored by Guinness, and finally, to Jerusalem.

The incessant travel is echoed by a spiritual journey as the author wrestles with the benefits and pitfalls of commitment, be it in relationships or spiritual matters. This brutally honest book blends the amoral restlessness of Kerouac’s On the Road with more than a dash of Augustine’s Confessions, and adds a twist of Brysonesque humour. Reading this book while drinking coffee could be a dangerous pursuit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648441045
Publisher: Initiate Media Pty Ltd
Publication date: 03/23/2019
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

A School of Ghosts 1

Family Matters 5

From Ghost School to Graveyard 13

Travel, Tequila and Punk Rock 21

The Offer I Couldn’t Refuse 31

Departure Bay 37

Fremantle to Penang 41

Penang 47

Bangkok to Kathmandu 53

The World’s Longest Bus Trip 59

Snake Eyes 65

Kashmiri Daze 71

Afghanistan to Iran 77

Tehran to the Dead Sea 85

Romance in the Ruins 91

Raki’s Revenge 97

An Englishman Never... 103

Lager Monsters in London 109

Of Cycling and Bush Smells 115

Brondbyoster Blunder 119

The Copulative Imperative 125

The Delights of Amnesia 131

Oslo 135

From Bergen to Britain 141

Playing with Fire 149

A Fatherly Visit 157

Showdown in Sheffield 163

Into Mexico 167

Psilocybinned in Palenque 173

Jungle Ruins and Ocean Terrors 177

A Year on the Road 183

On Avoiding Idaho and Stingrays 189

The Risks of Running 193

The Trio Disbands 199

Peregrination with Parents 205

Driving with Derek 209

The Politics of Disengagement 213

Morocco, Spain, Portugal 217

Andorra to Rome 225

On Smuggling Stone Curlews 231

The Unbearable Presence of Beauty 237

Finland to Austria 243

Appendix, hey? 249

Ios: ode on a Grecian sojourn 255

Ireland 261

The Return 269

Reasons for Disbelief 277

Days of Gold and Madness 283

A Confluence of Self−pity and Stupidity 289

The Ultimate Irish Joke 293

Suicide by Travelling? 299

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary 305

Camp Cowpat 309

Castlebar Rocks 313

Into the North 319

From Lisnaskea to Dublin 325

Dublin and Kilkenny 331

The End of Ireland 337

Felony and Faith 343

High Noon in the Garden 349

Near Death on the Nile 357

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