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Medical student writer film director modern day adventurer Michael Crichton now gives his fans an extr. The title is a bit misleadingthis book is not entirely about travelbut a variety of subjectsCrichton starts off with his difficult relationship with his father and not feeling any grief when his father diedIn addition to travelthe book is also about his medical career and the least interesting part to me was his belief in psychicsAn intrepid travelerthe places he chooses to visit are fairly unusual and show his fondness for adventureOf particular interest to me were the two chapters dealing with his travel experiences in Pakistan s Northern areas He travels the dangerous Karakoram Highway and finds it blocked by a massive landslidesomehow managing to get to the other sideHe also finds himself in trouble on a mountain trail but survivesSearching for the mythical Shangri Lahe visits remote Hunza in Pakistan only to find that its inhabitants are not as healthyhappy and long lived as he expectedThe second trip to Pakistan takes him to Baltistan and the Karokoram mountains which contain ten of the highest peaks in the worldThe account of how local women treat his blonde wife is hilariousOther trips in the book take him to Mount KiliminjaroRwandaNew GuineaMalaysia and Bangkok He describes his experiences with gorillas and sharks He goes to the Mayan pyramids and also describes his encounter with a three hundred pound turtlewhich is laying eggsIn Bangkok he is taken by his friend to see a child brothelThe most interesting part of his recollections about his medical career is his experience of dissecting a human cadaver and his initial unease in dissecting itBut eventuallyhe would cut through the head of the cadaver and become pretty good at it In another chapter he describes the agony of screaming women about to give birth under the influence of drugsIt was a common practice during his early medical careerand rich women were assisted in giving birth using drugsUnhappy as a doctorhe would eventually uit to become a writerHis Harvard teacher didn t think much of his writing skills and he submitted an essay by George Orwell as his ownOrwell got a B gradetoo He also talks about working in movies as a directoronce directing Sean Connery in stunts which were uite dangerousThat movie was based on his bookThe Great Train RobberyThe third part about his belief in psychics was of little interest to meI skipped itThe book is a mixed bagthough it s very personal and parts of it are very intense and interesting

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Travels by Michael Crichton

Onal and psychic during the past two decades in a book every bit as riveting as his bestselling novels. the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time TS EliotI believe that if you have truly travelled you will no longer be the same person you started out as So for me travel automatically also includes inner change be it intellectual emotional spiritual social or personal I m also slowly learning the significance of events that change you as a person things that may not necessarily be immediately significant but add up to make you the person you are To that end I loved this book because Crichton talks about his experiences and observations how he looks at them retrospectively how they have affected him over a period of time what he learnt his self discoveries his self explorations his open minded trysts with psychic phenomena and his clinical attempts at understanding them scientificallyMost critiues about the book seem to have had the wrong expectations from it It s not a travelogue in spite of what the title may convey It s rather a memoir of sorts with the first third of the book about his time as a medical student at Harvard from 1965 69 where he offers an astonishingly honest view of life as a medical student and where he also starts thinking and uestioning his philosophies and breadth of knowledge a second third of the book about his travel experiences climbing Kilimanjaro visiting Baltistan and Shangri La scuba diving with sharks visiting mountain gorillas etc and another third of the book about his experiences with the metaphysical meditations talking to a cactus bending spoons spending time with psychics and healers salt baths auras etc You can actually see Crichton s discerning and open minded approach to life further develop as he uestions analyzes and deeply introspects along with youSomewhere especially in the parts on psychic phenomena I felt it was actually me who was in there and for a non fiction book that is startlingly good If nothing else I have to confess rethinking my outright dismissive attitudes to a few and their effects because Crichton has already asked most of the uestions I would have if I was personally attempting to verify those phenomena Crichton would like any of us have an opinion about a subject such as say auras until someone suggests otherwise which through long analytical monologues disturbs him to the point that he wants to confirm it either way His doubtful analytical mind would then grapple with his personal experiences which seem to be proving otherwise and his attempts at scientifically dissecting them in order to understand are a treat to read In the end I was vigorously nodding my head at his thoughts on whether in science we are forming theories based upon data or are actually letting our pre conceived notions determine which data we let ourselves seeA fantastic book it informed entertained challenged and engaged me as a reader and as a person

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Aordinarily candid and revealing account of his most enthralling and important journeys physical emoti. Travels is one of my favorite books I ve read it at least three times in my life It is Michael Crichton s autobiography detailing his life in medical school but most of all his travels around the world Each chapter is a new adventure and Dr Crichton makes you feel as if you are right there with him I definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes to travel or just wants a fun entertaining read


10 thoughts on “Travels by Michael Crichton

  1. says:

    The title is a bit misleadingthis book is not entirely about travelbut a variety of subjectsCrichton starts off with his difficult relationship with his father and not feeling any grief when his father diedIn addi

  2. says:

    At first when I started this I was like wtf? He's talking about being in med school and I thought 'Oh no This is going to be boarding as hell'This turned out to be a really great bookThis isn't your standard memoir Each par

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    I found it appalling that Michael Crichton so calmly depicts waiting outside a brothel in Asia while his host has sex with children I suppose we're supposed to think he's a good guy for not indulging himself but the fact tha

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    There are lots of good reasons not to like or to outright dislike Michael Crichton's TravelsHe shares very directly his understanding about how women differ from men during the 1980s compared to his experiences in

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    Usually I avoid the most popular books but because of a high recommendation I decided to read up on Michael Crichton the author of books like Jurassic Park and CongoThe book begins with Michael the medical student figuring out how to use a chainsaw to cut the head of a cadaver in half First I thought that he was a de Vinci doing some resear

  6. says:

    Travels is one of my favorite books I've read it at least three times in my life It is Michael Crichton's autobiography detailing his life in medical school but most of all his travels around the world Each chapter is a new adventure and Dr Crichton makes you feel as if you are right there with him I definitely

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    ‘ the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time’ TS EliotI believe that if you have truly travelled you will no longer be the same person you started out as So for me travel automat

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    Update 151117I don't know why I was being coy in this review Michael Crichton describes waiting for a mutual friend to come back from molesting a child then listens to the man's description of what happened without comment or criticism But Cric

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    I was 12 years old the summer that Jurassic Park hit theaters Considering how ubiuitous CGI has become it's easy to forget how revolutionary that movie was at the time Using computers to animate photorealistic animals and insert them into a scene with real actors was unprecedented Spielberg Co had to invent new technology as they went along to make the movie possible So I saw the movie read the book and then got obsessed

  10. says:

    After reading this book I realized that I never want to meet Michael Crichton Ever