Synopses & Reviews
Literary Nonfiction. Travel Writing. South Asia Studies. "Irreverent is a good word to describe this chronicle of a four-month sojourn in North India and the Himalayas undertaken by a group of California college students, teacher and novelist Rosenthal, his poet wife, and their daughter. But it merely hints at the many dimensions of Rosenthal's roguish and frank travelogue, what with its thorny detail, skepticism, and chutzpah; complex philosophical, political, and spiritual conundrums; acid humor, mystical chaos, and cosmic surrealism. It helps that Rosenthal, hailed everywhere they go as 'Cowboy' thanks to his feathered hat, has been immersed in Buddhism for several decades, enabling him to extract lessons in the nature of illusion from every ludicrous, alarming, or gratifying episode within the cacophony and crush of Kolkata, the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, the impossibilities of Sikkum, and the labyrinthine surprises of Kathmandu. Rosenthal vividly recounts time-warping complications, extreme discomfort and illness, suffocating train rides, terrifying maneuvers on crumbling mountain roads, the ferment of immense markets, bloody border conflicts, terrorism, spontaneous friendship, and glorious vistas. As he shares his affecting adventures swimming in the Ganges and visiting temples, monasteries, and a zoo without animals, Rosenthal contemplates epic suffering and transcendent beauty in a wry and transporting tale of both earthly and metaphysical journeys"--Donna Seaman, Booklist.
A college professor travels with thirteen college students through the Himalayas for four months.
About the Author
Chuck Rosenthal is the author of seven published novels: the Loop Trilogy; Elena of the Stars; Jack Kerouac's Avatar Angel: His Last Novel; My Mistress, Humanity; and The Heart of Mars. He is the author of a memoir, Never Let Me Go, and a book of Magic Journalism, Are We Not There Yet? Travels in Nepal, North India, and Bhutan. He rides and trains horses. He teaches narrative writing and theory for the Syntext program at Loyola Marymount University and lives in Topanga Canyon, outside Los Angeles.