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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.
The Longest Way Home
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.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451667516
Characteristics: v, 273 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm


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Feb 02, 2015
  • MaxineML rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A surprisingly authentic memoir. Perhaps I was underestimating McCarthy when I picked this up, but I truly enjoyed this travelogue. He delves into his own psyche just enough to keep you interested, but not exhausted, while also describing the places he is in wonderful and precise detail.

Recommended for those who like to read travel memoirs, and also those who remember McCarthy from movies like Pretty in Pink or St. Elmo's Fire.

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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