Sadly this book is as close to a memoir that Michael Crichton ever got to write. I suspect he was saving that for later on in his life, which, regrettably was cut short.
However, what a book!
If you sat next to him at the dinner table and started comparing places you had seen; Crichton would win hands down every time. He went to some of the most exotic places in the world. Crichton was a master storyteller and makes every location come alive. You will be exhilarated and entertained with tales of adventure. The book’s title is somewhat misleading as it randomly opens with his time as a medical student at Harvard University (where he got the material to write the script for ER). Next come tales of travel, a favourite of mine being his experience of diving with sharks which leaves you absolutely breathless.
Another was of his time in Jamaica, when his girlfriend unknowingly invited a criminal, waiting outside court for his appearance, to act as a guide and direct them to a local museum. This was followed by a chilling time trying to get rid of him. At the end of the book he writes about his experiences of the spiritual inner world which was totally unexpected from someone with such a scientific mind. You feel that you are learning about the man as he is open and honest with his feelings and emotions. He writes intelligently and with great insight into all manner of experiences and subjects. Although I have not read any of his fiction, I can imagine him using his understanding of the world and its different cultures along with his knowledge of anthropology in his writing. I cannot recommend this book enough and although most of us will not have the funds to travel as he did you get to tag along vicariously through his writing.
Book Review by Jude Mossad