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Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road

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Language  English
Publication date  July 5, 2002
Originally published  5 July 2002
Publisher  ECW Press
4.1/5 Goodreads

Country  Canada
Genre  Non-fiction, memoir
Pages  400 p.p.
Author  Neil Peart
OCLC  49796529
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Media type  Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded by  The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa
Followed by  Traveling Music: Playing Back the Soundtrack to My Life and Times
Similar  Works by Neil Peart, Other books

Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road (ISBN 1-550-22548-0) is a 2002 philosophical travel memoir by Neil Peart, the drummer and main lyricist for the Canadian progressive rock band Rush. It chronicles Peart's long-distance motorcycle riding throughout North and Central America in the late 1990s, as he contemplated his life and came to terms with his grief over the deaths of his daughter Selena in August 1997, and his wife Jackie in June 1998. It was published by ECW Press.

Contents

Story

Peart begins his story by explaining the beginning of his travels by motorcycle from his home in Quebec to Telegraph Creek, British Columbia. In reality he has no schedule, no restriction in time, or life for that matter. In time he finds himself traveling from Canada to Alaska, and then south through the United States to Mexico then to Belize. Eventually he travels (by plane) back to his home in Canada where he continues a series of letters to his friend Brutus. He then continues his journey, which ultimately ends at his home.

Conclusion

The epilogue of Ghost Rider ends with Peart summing up what has recently happened with him and his band Rush. He explains his new love for life (including his new wife Carrie) and how he has almost had a revelation of some sort and ultimately found a reason to live. He explains that he found a will to continue his career with Rush in Toronto as well.

Reception

An excerpt from chapters 1, 4, and 6 was published in the Art section of Toronto Star on July 27, 2002. The Library Journal review called the writing lyrical and the story poignant as a travel adventure and as a memoir.

References

Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road Wikipedia


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