The latest work by a gifted writer, and his first foray into the travel narrative. O'Hara's writing is crisp, inventive and endlessly entertaining. There’s never a dull moment on this excursion. This is the first book by a western writer to explore life along the Kumano Kodo, the sacred pilgrimage route in the mountainous Kii Peninsula of south central Japan. O'Hara deftly weaves together his own experiences with the stories of the cultural icons that dot his path. The result is a new appreciation of the beauty and importance of this little-known terrain. Find a patch of shade, a cool breeze and a well-cushioned chair. Then relax as you stroll through Japan with this delightful guide.
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Richard O'Hara is primarily known as a historian and the biographer of Honey Boy Evans, America's greatest minstrel. In his latest book, "The Narrow Roads," he turns his attention to the art of the travel narrative. O'Hara's interests and outlook were shaped by his boyhood on the Vermilion River, where he learned to bait a hook at an early age and roamed the river bottoms with his pals and his faithful dog, Spot. His voracious reading habits made him the wonder of his home town and the darling of the local librarians. As he grew older, his love of the outdoors drew him to Scout Troop #75, where he made life-long friends, was elected Troop Librarian, and was unceremoniously kicked out for failing to earn a single merit badge. He still practices the Scout Law daily.
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