Hard Travel to Sacred Places

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Shambhala, Sep 11, 1995 - Travel - 161 pages
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Hard Travel to Sacred Places is the record of a personal odyssey through Southeast Asia, an external and internal journey through grief and the painful realities of a decadent age. Wurlitzer—novelist, screenwriter, and Buddhist practitioner—travels with his wife, photographer Lynn Davis, on a photo assignment to the sacred sites of Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. Heavy Westernization, sex clubs, aging hippies and expatriates, and political dissidents provide a vivid contrast to the peace that Wurlitzer and Davis seek, still reeling from the death of their son in a car accident. As Davis with her camera searches for a thread of meaning among the artifacts and relics of a more enlightened age, Wurlitzer grasps at the wisdom of the Buddhist teachings in an effort to assuage his grief. His journal chronicles the survival of age-old truths in a world gone mad.

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User Review  - Paul Glanting - Goodreads

I found this book while browsing the travel-writing section, trying to satiate my own travel bug. The premise of this memoir is a writer and his wife go on a trip across Southeast Asia on a Buddhist ... Read full review

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Sad and enlightening and beautiful and brief. Read full review



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Rudolph Wurlitzer is a screenwriter, novelist, and essayist. He wrote the screenplay for Little Buddha, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. His short fiction and articles have appeared in Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Evening Post, and Rolling Stone. His novel Nog is an underground classic.

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