The Mind of the Traveler: From Gilgamesh to Global Tourism

The Mind of the Traveler: From Gilgamesh to Global Tourism

The Mind of the Traveler: From Gilgamesh to Global Tourism

The Mind of the Traveler: From Gilgamesh to Global Tourism

Synopsis

This pathbreaking book paints a radical new picture of alcoholism, offering powerful evidence that most chronic alcoholics live out their lives in intact, relatively quiet family environments. The authors show, however, that living in an alcoholic family has profound effects on family members, both drinkers and nondrinkers.

Excerpt

This study of travel began many journeys ago with the first one, in August of 1942, as I was carried in my mother's womb from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Missoula, Montana, where I arrived on December 11 of that year. The first journey I remember was made in late November of 1945, in a moving van, from Missoula to Opheim, just south of the Canadian border. I remember the driver, in a leather jacket cracked and polished with wear, the way he smiled and how my mother looked at him, how he put the chains on the big tires in a driving snow, and myself wondering at this miracle and whether this god could have any relation to myself. When my father came back from the war, he took me on a train from Montana to San Francisco, California, a sad journey—I was first separated from my mother who had gone, with my older brother, on a bus. A long, exhausting, sleepless trip, and my father tells me I was so angry that I slapped the tickets from the hand of the kindly conductor who offered them to me as a souvenir of the trip (my belated apologies, sir). I had arrived in a battleship-gray postwar world, populated by men who sat hunkered in rooms, in their underwear, drinking Four Roses whiskey and water, talking in a low murmuring hum, barking or laughing, while I listened to the radiators bang.

There were other journeys after that, remembered because a good dog had to be left behind, or because I suddenly arrived in . . .

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