Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road

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Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road

by Neil Peart

ECW Press | September 1, 2002 | Trade Paperback

Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 10.
This bold narrative written by the drummer and lyricist for the band Rush shows how Peart tried to stay alive by staying on the move after the loss of his 19-year-old daughter and his wife. The book will be sold as part of the band's official merchandise during its 47-city American tour. 20 photos. 15 maps.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 in

Published: September 1, 2002

Publisher: ECW Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550225480

ISBN - 13: 9781550225488

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed I enjoyed this book but am not sure who I would recommend it to. I don't think it is for everybody, but those going through personal tradegy may benefit from his raw emotional sharing such a dark place in his life. For myself, a biker, I enjoyed his tales of the road and that this man shared his extreme biking adventure. He takes biking to a whole new level and I enjoyed that adventure part. Very well written book and an amazing story teller.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great great book ! Even if you’re not a Rush fan you will like this book. The way he wrote all his book are simply awesome ! You can know how he feel in his head after having lost his wife and daughter. It’s just like you’re sitting with him on his motorcycle and he’s talking to you on his healing trip. I absolutely recommend this great book and i love every one of his book !
Date published: 2012-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Out of the Darkness Great Book! Being a Rush fan, and vaguely aware of the difficulties Neil Peart experienced, I was anxious to read this book. Neil drags you into his tortured world within the first few pages, then spends the rest of the book rediscovering himself, and reconfirming his lost faith in humanity. I laughed aloud in places(squirrel hunting,Gia) but was most deeply moved at Neil's insight into the grieving process. Letters to Brutus, and journal entries seemed repetitive in places, and slowed pacing, but overall, I highly recommend this book. One of the best I've read.
Date published: 2005-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding!! You don't have to be a RUSH fan to appreciate this mans writing skills. This book takes you through his own private hell to a place where he is healing. Insightful, personal and thought provoking. An amazing read. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2004-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Journey Reading this book is like sitting on the back of his bike - without the windchill. Neil writes in great detail but his writing style is very comfortable to read. *Definitely not yer average grief book.* Buy this book!
Date published: 2003-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational Very good material, and especially recommended if you are a fan of Rush.
Date published: 2003-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ghost Rider An excellent and very moving book that is much more than a travelogue. This is an outstanding reflection on life from a man who has dealt with great loss with perspective that is inspiring.
Date published: 2002-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice Scenery, too bad about the Man. After reading and enjoying the author's first book, The Masked Rider, a couple of years ago, I decided to buy this, his second book, hoping for a similar experience. Having just recently finished the book, I have to say that I am ultimately disappointed. Being aware of Mr. Peart's personal tragedies in the previous few years, the deaths of both his wife & daughter within a year of each other, I wanted to hear how he faced this very difficult challenge and survived to tell the tale. Anyone looking for the story from the man himself would be wise to read this book. It's all there, the deep sorrow, the small triumphs. But does this make it a good book? As a travelogue, and that is a large part of what this book is, it is well written, and the descriptions of the surrounding scenery is very evocative. However, the shortcomings are its length. Far too long, and in need of an editor that's not afraid to do some chopping here and there. There is a great deal of repetition, particularly the le
Date published: 2002-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tales of Grief, Travel and Triumph Neil Peart is notoriously famous for not participating in Interviews and Record Launches as the long time drummer of the band Rush. He has been a relatively quiet man most of his musical life. But here in this book are raw, personal feelings of loss of love and loss of self. Inter-twined in a travelogue of adventures of an over 45,000 km of motorcycle ride, letters, journal notes, musical lyrics and insights. Non-Rush fans will be able to follow as the book is well explained and well written. There are references and side motes to keep all readers abreast on many aspects of Neil’s life as “The Other Man”. Motorcycle enthusiasts, Rush fans, Mourners and Survivors all can find something in this book. To see such a graphic show of pain written down in this book may give other mourners a sense that they are not along and what they feel is normal. And there is hope along the healing road, which is a positive message for all of us.
Date published: 2002-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks Neil Being a fan doesn't mean that you will not thoroughly enjoy this book. Peart has a way of describing the past events of his life in a way that really encompasses the reader. It's hard to put down, ironically, something he mentions as being the success of a great writer.
Date published: 2002-08-21

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Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road

Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road

by Neil Peart

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 in

Published: September 1, 2002

Publisher: ECW Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550225480

ISBN - 13: 9781550225488

Read from the Book

Outside the house by the lake the heavy rain seemed to hold down the darkness, grudging the slow fade from black, to blue, to gray. As I prepared that last breakfast at home, squeezing the oranges, boiling the eggs, smelling the toast and coffee, I looked out the kitchen window at the dim Quebec woods gradually coming into focus. Near the end of a wet summer, the spruce, birch, poplars, and cedars were densely green, glossy and dripping.For this momentous departure I had hoped for a better omen than this cold, dark, rainy morning, but it did have a certain pathetic fallacy, a sympathy with my interior weather. In any case, the weather didn’t matter; I was going. I still didn’t know where (Alaska? Mexico? Patagonia?), or for how long (two months? four months? a year?), but I knew I had to go. My life depended on it.Sipping the last cup of coffee, I wrestled into my leathers, pulled on my boots, then rinsed the cup in the sink and picked up the red helmet. I pushed it down over the thin balaclava, tightened the plastic rainsuit around my neck, and pulled on my thick waterproof gloves. I knew this was going to be a cold, wet ride, and if my brain wasn’t ready for it, at least my body would be prepared. That much I could manage.The house on the lake had been my sanctuary, the only place I still loved, the only thing I had left, and I was tearing myself away from it unwillingly, but desperately. I didn’t expect to be back for a while, and one dark corner of my mind feared that I m
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From the Publisher

This bold narrative written by the drummer and lyricist for the band Rush shows how Peart tried to stay alive by staying on the move after the loss of his 19-year-old daughter and his wife. The book will be sold as part of the band's official merchandise during its 47-city American tour. 20 photos. 15 maps.

From the Jacket

Within a ten-month period, Neil Peart suffered family losses so devastating that they left him a ghost -- physically a man but with nothing

No hope, meaning, faith or desire to keep living. One year after the first tragedy, Neil was choosing between life and his own death. Finally, all he could decide upon was motion. He got on his BMW R1100GS motorcycle, and over the next fourteen months, rode 55,000 miles, in search of a reason to live. On a journey of escape, exile, and exploration, he traveled from Quebec to Alaska, down the Canadian and American coasts and western regions, to Mexico and Belize, and finally back to Quebec. While riding "the Healing Road," Neil recorded in his journals his progress and setbacks in the grieving/healing process, and the pain of constantly reliving his losses.

He also recorded with dazzling, colorful, entertaining, and moving artistry, the enormous range of his travel adventures, from the mountains to the sea, from the deserts to Arctic tundra, and the dozens of memorable people, characters, friends and relatives, he met along the way, and who increasingly contributed to his healing and sense of meaning and purpose. He begins the journey with nothing, "the Ghost Rider." What he finally attains is joy, love, and indelible memories of the most extraordinary journey of his life.

GHOST RIDER is a bold, brilliantly written, intense, exciting, and ultimately triumphant narrative memoir from a gifted writer and musician, who started out as a man reduced to trying to stay alive by staying on the move.

About the Author

Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush and the author of Masked Rider - Cycling in West Africa . With his band-mates, he is a recipient of the Order of Canada.

From Our Editors

Neil Peart's first book,The Masked Rider, covered introspection and perspective through the setting of bicycling through West Africa. Ghost Rider takes us on a motorcycle journey across North America and deeper into the mind of Canada's most extraordinary lyricist/poet as he attempts to come to terms with a terrible family tragedy.