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

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  1. Daren Daren says:

    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 travelmemoir 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 travelmemoirIn 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 beliefIn 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 upSet in the 1970s the destination are not the worn out tourist traps they are now but offered a bit seclusion of a welcome and the Terry of this book like the author stayed for a decent duration in each place that took his fancy no three night wonder like three months The benefit of being a musician harmonica later guitar too means that it is possible to earn while travelling a luxury most of us don't haveWhile not a completely likeable character Terry is certainly 'mostly likeable' and thankfully for me the philosophy in the book is kept moderate and never lasts too long in the narrative as that is a surefire way to put me off I read it in three days which gives a good indication it is fast moving and easy to read perfectly forming a alternate read from the slightly slow book I am midway throughFinal thought I'm not sure the title was the best selection it is duplicated in a chapter title where Terry does meet the bone man but it is one of many incidents in the book and is probably a bit dislocated from the story Nevertheless a good uick read I enjoyed4 stars

  2. Michael Danzig Michael Danzig says:

    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 Annika is always out there just beyond his reach as he searches through the exotic outposts the youth of the time have established in various capitals of worldwide hippiedom Along the way he tackles his demons within often caught in a drug infused swirl of smoke and powder during those hot humid monsoon filled somehow innocent times There is an ecstatic and deeply humorous laugh out loud convergence with Tarnoff's mind and the reality of the bizarre situations in which he finds himself We're along for the ridebouncing from page to page as he bumps up against some of the wackiest most otherworldly characters in literary history It's a mad dangerous thrill to be inside this mind exploding with insight wit depth and downright interestingness Who is the Bone Man of Benares? What could possibly be a Bone Man? And what does he have to do with Tarnoff? There's only one way you'll find out Read this book and I guarantee you like me you'll know when you close it that sometime somewhere you'll have the unuenchable desire to pick it up and start the fantastic journey all over again You'll need to revisit Tarnoff's amazing trip through the 70's in Asia again because you know there will never be a time or place like this again

  3. Kristin Myrtle Kristin Myrtle says:

    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 uestions 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 to anyone that loves wanderers the big uestions of life outcasts unreuited love and the endless searching of a man's soul

  4. Joana Silva Joana Silva says:

    Aui e no meu blog Ladybug Dots também na versão portuguesaEnglishThis book is simply awesome As you know I will not talk about specific details of the story I don’t like spoilersWith 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 soulIt’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 sentencesTo 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 situationWhile 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 and thoughts that are identical to many other people and would be of many others in the same situations made me follow his steps with curiosityPortuguêsEste livro é simplesmente espectacular Como já sabem não me vou estender muito em pormenores específicos da narrativa não uero estragar surpresas Infelizmente não encontro a versão portuguesa do livroNeste livro somos transportados com o escritor numa parte da sua viagem à volta do mundo Lemos sobre as suas experiências os locais onde passa as pessoas ue conhece os pensamentos e emoções ue lhe vão assaltando a almaÉ um mundo ue já praticamente não existe não como nauela altura com viajantes ue carregavam as suas mochilas e seguiam viagem nem sempre sabendo exatamente onde ir nem uando voltar Neste livro Terry passa por Estocolmo Grécia Paris Nairobi Calcutá Kathmandu Laos Bali A descrição dos ambientes levou me por vezes a sentir ue conseguia visualizar tudo o ue estava nauelas linhas Para mim é mais do ue um livro ue relata as viagens e experiências de vida de Terry; é também um livro ue demonstra o encontro com o íntimo com o Eu do autor ao longo da sua volta ao mundo desde descobertas mais mundanas até descobertas do seu lado espiritual E para ser sincera não sei se este será um bom livro de viagens Não tenho muita experiência nesse tipo de leitura Mas para mim mais do nos mostrar o ue o local transmite Terry mostra o ue as pessoas transmitem os amigos ue vai fazendo as pessoas com uem é obrigado a conviver e as emoções do escritor em cada momento da sua viagemAo longo da leitura ri emocionei me surpreendi me O escritor fala com simplicidade com emoção como se estivesse a relatar a história num café na mesma mesa ue nós A empatia por auela personagem ue descreve emoções e pensamentos idênticos aos de tanta gente e de tantos outros se estivessem no seu lugar fez me seguir cada passo dauela viagem com curiosidade

  5. L. Myers L. Myers says:

    The Bone Man of Benares is my favorite book by Terry Tarnoff The uixotic 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 uest For that is what the book chronicle – a uest 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 conuer we returned to learn This book documents Terry’s travels in Europe India and Africa; from Greece to Nepal; from Bali to Bangkok and everywhere the reader is invited along The author holds nothing back as he moves from one hard won lesson to another His unflinching honesty gives the reader a glimpse into the human heart and psyche in addition to taking us on one awesome road trip In the end we are left feeling a little human; just like we do when we listen to the blues – and we want to take a trip sing along or at least read the book all over again

  6. Ak. Ak. says:

    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 which if you're like me revolves around e mail and work and the humdrum of minutia So hold on to Tarnoff as long as you can his book is the kind of drug that doesn't come in a bottle

  7. Bex Bex says:

    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

  8. Simon Gibson Simon Gibson says:

    As one who has traveled and eventually emigrated to the tropics so much of this wonderful book reflected my own experiences and discoveries Through humour and honesty we get to experience a little of the real Europe Africa India Nepal and Indonesia Both the authors writing and narration make his impressions experiences and emotions our own I laughed out loud and shed a tear a beautiful book about travel self discovery and love Very highly recommend

  9. Tim Hulsizer Tim Hulsizer says:

    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 wayIt'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 judgeAs 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 rooting for him or for my younger self to find their way? That confusion added an emotional element and the book has stuck with me since I finished it two months ago This book isn't necessarily for everyone If you're uncomfortable with the idea of a flawed main character and a boatload of serious drug use this tome will turn you off very uickly But those readers with a modicum of wanderlust and a habit of introspection will surely find themselves in good company After reading the book I was glad to discover that Terry is still very much alive and well has written books and even shared some of his vintage music recordings online Now parked in California he's still expressing and discovering himself through art For some it seems the journey never ends

  10. Justjake Justjake says:

    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 authorscharacters adventure Then after 70 pages it jarringly changes It's not hilarious adventures no but instead a painful to read? love triangle across the globe Then after or in between sorting that out the character gets monumentally high and you have no idea what is going on A crazy mind bending book I'd probably need to read when I'm older to properly understand

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The Bone Man of Benares: A Lunatic Trip Through Love and the World ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Bone Man of Benares: A Lunatic Trip Through Love and the World Author Terry Tarnoff – In 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 Afric In fed up with Man of Kindle Ö 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 The Bone PDF or 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 Bone Man of PDF ✓ 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 Bone Man of Benares: A PDF \ search to find answers in a world that poses only uestions 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 Bone Man of Benares: A PDF \ universal need for connection.

  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Bone Man of Benares: A Lunatic Trip Through Love and the World
  • Terry Tarnoff
  • English
  • 02 August 2015
  • 9780312324476