Road Tales is a crazy trip across the world and documents a period of time in a British musician's life, when all that mattered was the music and the road ahead. It is a testament to other peoples stories rather than the writer, and digs into the mantle of what makes people tick while some people thrive others dive. The Author was intrigued by the amount of different tales he was hearing from the Aboriginal stolen generation, pushed back to a meagre existence on the fringes of society, to Guatemalan community leaders who would risk their lives to save the greater population of their native people. Each chapter is bound with a tinge of a rock musician on the edge of chaos finding himself in the strangest locations and situations, like having a gun pointed to his head in a Guatemalan rainforest, to causing mayhem entering the United States, though he always seams to find the beauty in the frail story of human existence. Road Tales consists of 15 chapters each one a different character from a different part of the world, each with their own archetype that seeks to give insights into the complicated tale of human nature. Each tale asks questions like, what is altruism?, what is faith?, what is guru worship? and what makes certain people reach up from adversity and succeed in being a better person through the challenges they have been given. If you are looking for an amazing read that takes you on a journey and at the end hopefully allows you to say "You know what, if they can get through their challenges then maybe I stand a chance with mine.
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"Road Tales" is a fascinating collection of fifteen tales about the characters the author meets on his travels and who help shape him into the man he becomes. While he initially presents as the stereotypical drunken rocker, with each story he reveals more and more of himself, peeling back the layers, much like his idol John Lennon. Darragh has a true talent for making people open up to him. While the book could do with a good edit, the author is such a gifted storyteller that this is one occasion when it didn't bother me. In fact, it made the book all the more authentic. The author brings it all full circle with a wonderful closing line: "I had not only found new friends but a true source of love that just keeps on giving. Maybe that’s what all our journeys are about in the end." My favourite stories: "The Cockney Angel", "The Bush Doctor", "The Animal Communicator". Warnings: excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, sexual references, sex scenes, but overall pretty tame compared to what I was expecting! I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (9 October): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/10/road-tales-by-darragh-j-brady.html