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In 1971, Terry Tarnoff packed a bag, a guitar and sixteen harmonicas and headed out on an eight year journey that would take him into the jungles of Africa, the mountains of India and beyond. This account of his revelatory journey is a tumultuous love story, a spiritual odyssey, and a rollicking escapade all rolled up into one. Tarnoff is a fevered, risk-taking writer with an uncanny ability to render place. The Bone Man of Benares is a lunatic bird of a book, flapping, singing, soaring, often all at the same time. It's a wild-hearted celebration of cross-cultural discovery, a laugh-out-loud, delirious adventure that traverses the chasm of time, speaking to readers young and old about the universal need for connection.
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Terry Tarnoff is the author of The Bone Man of Benares, The Thousand Year Journey of Tobias Parker, The Chronicle of Stolen Dreams, and The Reflectionist. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. He lives in San Francisco, where he is working on his next novel.Review:
"The Bone Man of Benares calls to the reader like a train-whistle moaning in the distance. Read this book for the literary rock and roll ride of your life."
- Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage
"I laughed (rollicked) my way through. Terry Tarnoff is one of the funniest writers I've ever read, maybe because so much serious depth underlies the humor."
- Gerald Nicosia, author of Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac
"It is obvious from the first pages that Tarnoff not only has a prodigious storytelling talent but also literary flair and sensitivity. Riveting and emotionally charged, with moments of black humour."
- Adventure Travel (UK)
"It's a top read... a brilliant account of a foolhardy young American's travels in the Seventies."
- Front (UK)
"A truly great travel book where the life of the traveller is centre stage and the experiences along the way are the constantly changing backdrop."
- The Sydney Morning Herald
"The Bone Man of Benares is the kind of sweeping, atmospheric epic they just don't make any more. Terry Tarnoff renders this engaging young-man-on-the-road saga with the heightened élan of a Bangi-abusing Paul Theroux or hippied-out E. M. Forster. In the grand tradition, The Bone Man of Benares stands out as the best kind of contempo literary globe-trotting. It does what a great novel should do - leave you feeling like you've been there."
- Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
"Terry Tarnoff is a writer whose every word, like a great blues master's instrumental solos, pulls you into his world. The Bone Man of Benares is the extraordinary real life saga of a modern day harmonica-playing Don Quixote, telling us his story with irresistible gusto and élan. Tarnoff makes you feel at home as you ride by his side on his global tour, sharing one incredible adventure after another. The trials and tribulations of romance and self-discovery, all set in exotic locales, make this adventure tale alternately engrossing, touching and hilarious.
From the very first page until the last, it is nearly impossible to put the book down, and even more enjoyable to reread the second time."
-David Amram, author of Off Beat: Collaborating with Jack Kerouac
"For those who lived through the several-years-long Summer of Love, Terry Tarnoff's The Bone Man of Benares will provide satisfying doses of wincing nostalgia. For those who didn't, here is an entertaining manual of what they missed."
-Herbert Gold, author of Bohemia: Digging the Roots of Cool
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Book Description St. Martin's Griffin, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Excellent Trade PB: Light age toning on pages and inside covers; INTERIOR: NO page markings, Very Clean, Tight, EXTERIOR: NO spine creasing, May have very light normal shelf rubbing. Interior is pristine; Exterior may have very light minor shelf rubbing. Most intl arrive 4-10 business days. Choose Expedited or 2 day for faster delivery. Seller Inventory # 904030213
Book Description St. Martin's Griffin, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312324472
Book Description St. Martin's Griffin, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312324472