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An Absolute Desire to Move: How Travel Saved My Life Phil Semler

An Absolute Desire to Move: How Travel Saved My Life

Phil Semler

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“A beautiful account of an inner journey quest for the meaning of being, while flowing within many travel journeys. Inspiring. Sustaining. Belongs on the armchair traveler’s shelf with Snow Leopard and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. “SFRBMore“A beautiful account of an inner journey quest for the meaning of being, while flowing within many travel journeys. Inspiring. Sustaining. Belongs on the armchair traveler’s shelf with Snow Leopard and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. “SFRBSemler, the celebrated San Francisco novelist, first traveled to escape his abusive family. He discovered travel—movement—mitigated his desire for annihilation while he was lost in flow. Later he realized travel met his spiritual and intellectual needs.He went on many adventurous journeys—to Tibet, Nepal, India, Alaska, Italy— walking, climbing, canoeing, bicycling to lose himself in travel—and ultimately to find himself.In the spirit of Pirsig, Kerouac, and Lawrence, Semler sees moving from one place to another is to “know” time.In his highly original hybrid of philosophical quest, memoir, and travel narrative, An Absolute Desire to Move— a line from one of D.H. Lawrence’s travel books is at once a book for travelers and for those who feel wonder in visiting places, as well as an account of a philosophical life by one who maintains his sense of humor. Anybody who feels life is a journey and travel a state of mind moving from one place to another will like this book.Looking back on his life of movement, an older Semler and his wife take a car road trip to Mount Rushmore, as he asks himself: “What does it all mean?”