Travels

Travels

by Michael Crichton

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Overview

From the bestselling author of Jurassic ParkTimeline, and Sphere comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro. 
 
Fueled by a powerful curiosity—and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up—Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling—swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels—an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307816498
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/14/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 204,593
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Michael Crichton was born in Chicago in 1942. His novels include TimelineJurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain. He was also the creator of the television series ER. One of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been made into thirteen films, and translated in thirty-six languages. He died in 2008.

Hometown:

Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 23, 1942

Date of Death:

November 4, 2008

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California

Education:

B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969

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Travels 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book fascinated me. I've read most of Crichton's fiction, and I've been particularly interested in the way his characterizations of men and women have changed over time. Now I understand the background for those changes in his work, after reading this chronicle of decades of this author's personal development. 'New Age' experiences do nothing for me, but I nevertheless found it interesting to read about Crichton's perception of such experiences - and, especially, about his need to have them. The medical school chapters and the straight travel chapters engaged me best, though, because I could relate to them in a way I couldn't hope to relate to his accounts of channeling, exorcism, and so on. Worth reading for Crichton fans, although I'm not sure how much interest this book might hold for someone unfamiliar with his fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating collection of vignettes, and give entertaining and surprising insights into what turned Michael Crichton into the Michael Crichton we thought we knew. Very fast read, and with mostly short and self-contained essays is perfect to keep on hand for whenever you find yourself with a few free minutes.
818Ray More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book quite a bit. Makes me wish I had more opportunities to hit the road more often. Planning a month-long trip in the Fall and this book came recommended from a friend. I gladly pass along that recommendation.
jkphoenix1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first part of the book - his experiences in med school and his initial travels - not only for the places he visited, but for the insights into himself and people he met along the way. The end of the book moved far from being a travel book - it became a how-to for meditation and "new age" experiences. I found the change in focus unexpected and disappointing.
basiaaa More than 1 year ago
Maybe because I love to travel, mabye because I love scuba diving, maybe because I love trying wacky new things - who knows - I do know that I love this book. Each chapter is an amusing tale of some kind of an experience in Crichton's life, and I was totally engaged by it.
KaClarkKaClarkBird More than 1 year ago
I am a high school student and his is my first Michael Crichton read. This book has a little something for everyone so I would suggest it to anyone. Crichton did a nice job keeping me engaged throughout the med school, and physical travel sections but lost me a bit towards the end when the book shifted towards self discovery through unusual methods. I can relate to this book because I am an avid traveler any chance I can get but other than being interesting on a personal level I did not see any education value for a high school class. Crichton used a unique writing style because I expected more of a journalistic style or for him to get lost due to his past of writing strictly fiction stories. His fictions had a large impact on this book because he learned how to use literary elements to catch the attention of a reader and not let go of it even while explaining something as seemingly boring as patient analysis in a hospital. This is a great book and think everyone should read it. Even if the only reason is just to have a better understanding on self discovery because this novel definitely hit a few points that changed how I will try to experience moments.
Kahlessa More than 1 year ago
In this book, Crichton recounts his experiences and examines the insights he gained into life as a result. He tells about attending Harvard Medical School, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and directing Sean Connery in a movie, among many other things. Even people who don't care for his fiction can get something from this book. Michael Crichton lead a fascinating life that was over much too soon.
jayde1599 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: In this non-fiction work, Crichton begins with his med school days and the travel that he made within himself to finish school. The second part of the book deals with his travels around the world for leisure and making movies. He climbed Kilimanjaro, dove for wrecks in the Carribbean, and stayed with a New Guinea tribe. The third part of the book centers around the travel he took to find himself through psychics, meditation, and spiritual journey.Pros and Cons: The book reads as Crichton's fiction thrillers do - fast paced and interesting. You can feel his anxiety and self doubt throughout the book, as he questions different decisions that he made throughout life. He can also come across as arrogant, especially while discussing relationships and whether to continue with a dangerous adventure. Overall, it is an entertaining book and I recommend it
glade1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, thought-provoking book. Michael Crichton has provided me with many hours of entertainment, and this book proves his depth. While I did not always agree with his views, I admire his willingness to explore new ideas and his ability to clearly describe his experiences and his interpretations of them. This is not as much a book about the parts of the world that the author visited as it is about his own spiritual travels, the things he learned and came to appreciate as a result of his journeys, encompassing trips abroad as well as excursions inward to explore his consciousness and spiritual depth.Well-written, interesting, and inspiring!
cestovatela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton makes outstanding use of his nearly unlimited time and funds for travel. Unafraid to explore the far reaches of the world, he climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro, treks across rural Pakistan and dives to obscure Carribbean shipwrecks. In clear prose, he describes both his journeys and how they affected his life. Unfortnately, Michael Crichton is a crackpot as well as an adventurer. His travels in the "spiritual realm" include spoon bending parties, seances and a session to cleanse his spirit of a "dark entity." Although the world travel chapters of his novel shine brilliantly, the "new age" section is more strange than enlightening and his whining about personal troubles gets old fast.
tedmahsun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton is an author renowned for his tech-thriller novels, but in Travels, Crichton takes a break from the thriller circuit, dons a travel writer's cap and writes about his journeys instead. His reason for doing so is because "writing is how you make the experience your own, how you explore what it means to you." The book is also Crichton's journey within, struggling with his fears and limitations, to search for himself. He writes, "Eventually, I realised that many of the most important changes in my life had come about because of my travel experiences."Starting out as a medical student who "resented the fact that our education system seemed to be as much about emotions as about the factual content of what we were learning", we discover that the writer of State of Fear already had, by then, a scientific mind and had little patience for the mystical. This belief has no doubt helped him immensely when writing his novels, because a lot of scientific theory and logic goes into them, adding a kind of pseudo-legitimacy into his otherwise outlandish fiction. But along his travels, which take him from Hollywood to the jungles of Pahang, Crichton slowly realises that knowledge of science is not enough to help him live his life, that there is more beyond "the fringe". And it is this realisation, plus a huge dose of curiosity, that brings him to meet psychics and other such mystics, to engage in spiritual sessions. He starts out a skeptic but is soon forced to accept that there are some things that science cannot explain, therefore becoming a believer.Some of the chapters were published in Esquire and the Conde Nast Traveller and can be read as stand-alone chapters. But by reading them randomly you'll miss the transformation from skeptic to believer that happens from beginning to end. However, there is one drawback to this: Crichton occasionally assumes we don't already know what has gone before and repeats information from previous chapters.Though a non-fiction book, Travels reads like one of Crichton's thrillers--fast-paced and sprinkled throughout with scientific trivia. This pace falters in the end though, when Crichton inserts, as the last chapter, a speech on why he "believed there was validity to certain psychic phenomena." It is a reminder to the scientific community "not to discredit science, but to place the workings of science in a more realistic perspective with regard to unaccepted phenomena." The contents of the speech is a fitting conclusion to the book, but after reading through his travels at what seems like breathless speed, the slow-paced speech was jarring to the overall reading experience and seemed out of place.Michael Crichton is fuelled by an intense curiosity that drives him to understand and discover unknown things. This intensity is channelled through his writing and his experiences serve as an interesting and thought-provoking journey, whether outward or inward.
Goodwillbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book clearly displays a side of Michael Crichton which I would not have expected. It is an autobiographical memoir which presents Crichton's life as a series of travels - the first phase of which involved his medical training; the second phase, his travels through the world - these segments are the best and most interesting, involving diving adventures (and near-death experiences) and African safaris; and the third phase which involves his "inner travels" and experiments with various psychic phenomena. Crichton presents all phases as a journey of self-discovery, including the psychic, metaphysical elements. Frankly, that part of the book saddened me, to think that someone of his obvious intelligence could so readily accept these various phenomena. I suppose it speaks well of his openness and willingness to consider non-traditional approaches to...everything?...and it's this openness which accounts for his wildly imaginitive fictional plots. But reading about his tears at saying goodbye to a cactus, which had presented itself as his "teacher" at a pyschic healing conference, was actually embarassing. If you enjoy Crichton, and want to know more about the man behind Jurassic Park, you should read the book - it took a brave man to write it.
lyricalnomad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not a Crichton "fan" and the only reason I read this book was because it was given to me when I had a back injury - I pretty much read everything in the house. This book is not fiction. I actually find it a rather brave book for Crichton to write considering it runs the gamut of his personal experiences - from medical school at Harvard, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, to spoon bending parties, to past life regressions. I have to say I recommend this book more than any other to people. It is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had to date and I truly love it. I really can't recommend it enough.
kawgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really, I read this book for the diving. For me, that was the best part of this book.
brysoncrichton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Crichton books. If you like any of his stuff you HAVE to read this. It is a collection of short nonfiction stories about experiences he had investigating different places, ideas, beliefs. You get a lot of insight into where he gets his ideas by finding out about what he had done. This is a guy who became a doctor at Harvard and decided he didn't want to practice. He has had a fascinating life.
aratiel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crichton's books are fascinating, as is this travelogue. But he really is a sexist jerk, as is shown by his arrogant tone of voice and treatment of all genders and races different from his own. And the man really had a conversation with a cactus? Get real.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some of this book is really disturbing, like the parts about child prostitution. I didn't really like the way this made Michael Crichton sound... I dunno.. he just didn't seem down to earth enough.
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