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The Longest Way Home

One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down
McCarthy, Andrew (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The author, a travel writer and actor, delivers a memoir about how travel helped him become the man he wanted to be, helping him overcome life-long fears and confront his resistance to commitment. From time immemorial, travel has been a pursuit of passion, from adventurers of old seeking gold or new lands, to today's spiritual and pleasure seekers who follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Gilbert. Some see travel as a form of light-hearted escapism while others believe it has the power to open your mind, forcing you to confront your demons, and discover your true self. The author belongs to this second category of traveler. His memoir follows his excursions to Patagonia, the Amazon, Costa Rica, Baltimore, Vienna, Kilimanjaro, Dublin, and beyond. He uses his wanderlust to examine his motives and desires, and explore his ambivalence about commitment. He ponders his personal life, his acting career, and his impulse to leave home, all building toward one of the most significant moments of his life: his wedding day. His message about the transformative power of travel is universal, and his exploration of the nature and passion of relationships, both fleeting and enduring, strikes a chord with every man and woman who has ever wondered at the vicissitudes of the human heart.
Authors: McCarthy, Andrew, 1962-
Title: The longest way home
one man's quest for the courage to settle down
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Characteristics: v, 273 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm
Contents: New York: "Wanted, eighteen, vulnerable and sensitive"
Patagonia: "I hope you like to be alone"
The Amazon: "A dirty trick life plays"
The Osa: "People said to avoid this place"
Vienna: "Leave the man some privacy"
Baltimore: "The best thing that you could do is show up"
Kilimanjaro: "What do you say we get the hell off this rock?"
Dublin: "Everything you ever dreamed of?"
Summary: The author, a travel writer and actor, delivers a memoir about how travel helped him become the man he wanted to be, helping him overcome life-long fears and confront his resistance to commitment. From time immemorial, travel has been a pursuit of passion, from adventurers of old seeking gold or new lands, to today's spiritual and pleasure seekers who follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Gilbert. Some see travel as a form of light-hearted escapism while others believe it has the power to open your mind, forcing you to confront your demons, and discover your true self. The author belongs to this second category of traveler. His memoir follows his excursions to Patagonia, the Amazon, Costa Rica, Baltimore, Vienna, Kilimanjaro, Dublin, and beyond. He uses his wanderlust to examine his motives and desires, and explore his ambivalence about commitment. He ponders his personal life, his acting career, and his impulse to leave home, all building toward one of the most significant moments of his life: his wedding day. His message about the transformative power of travel is universal, and his exploration of the nature and passion of relationships, both fleeting and enduring, strikes a chord with every man and woman who has ever wondered at the vicissitudes of the human heart.
ISBN: 9781451667516
1451667515
9781451667486
1451667485
Statement of Responsibility: Andrew McCarthy
Subject Headings: Motion picture producers and directors United States Biography Actors United States Biography Self-actualization (Psychology) Travel Psychological aspects Voyages and travels Travel writers United States Biography McCarthy, Andrew, 1962- Marriage McCarthy, Andrew, 1962- Travel McCarthy, Andrew, 1962-
Topical Term: Motion picture producers and directors
Actors
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Travel
Voyages and travels
Travel writers
LCCN: 2012010509
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Feb 25, 2013
  • wendybird rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Confession #1: I loved this book, couldn't put it down, stole time away from other stuff to finish. Confession #2 :I still have no idea why I found it so darn compelling! It is decently written, serviceable rather than literary...a bit self indulgent (exactly WHY would we want to follow this actor-come travel writer to the ends of the earth, both physically & metaphorically, while he tries to figure out whether to get married again?).... and yet.... I enjoyed every minute of it. Perhaps it's some lingering devotion to "Pretty In Pink", and other Brat Pack oeuvre? At the heart of it, the story feels straight : a clearly written look at one man's hard work to make some of life's hardest decisions. It would be interesting to know what male readers think!

Oct 19, 2012
  • Winnipeg1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Touchingly honest, never gets precious. His wife must really love him ......

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