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Path without destination : an autobiography
Satish Kumar, 1936-
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Eagle Brook, [1999]

Physical Description:
309 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 1992 by Green Books as No destination"--T.p. verso.
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BL1373.S29 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
BL1373.S29 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Written with elegance and penetrating simplicity, this exhilarating account of Kumar's extraordinary life recalls her exploits as a teenager, when she embarked upon an 8,000-mile pilgrimage on foot for peace.

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Booklist Review

When he was a boy of nine, Kumar joined an order of monks who wandered the Indian countryside in search of spiritual enlightenment. Though a faithful student of the order's teachings, by his mid-teens Kumar felt some larger work calling him. He moved to a city, became an assistant editor of a local paper, and got married. Still, all this was not enough. Then in 1962, he and a friend hit upon an idea to combat the growing insanity of the cold war: the two would travel 8,000 miles--by foot--to the capitals of all the nuclear powers in a pilgrimage for peace. Spiritually speaking, Kumar is still walking. Today, as editor of the English magazine Resurgence, Kumar advocates a small-is-better philosophy, arguing for strong, self-contained communities guided by environmental awareness. An autobiography of an important modern-day philosopher whose faith in the human spirit seems limitless. --Brian McCombie

Publisher's Weekly Review

For Kumar, the enemy is the global economy, mass production and multinational corporations, which lead to alienating work and extremes of poverty and wealth. His ideal world is a loose confederation of self-reliant, frugal, ecological communities and bioregions practicing small-scale local production. If that sounds like a page from E.F. Schumacher's Small Is Beautiful, it's no accident. Kumar, a former Jain monk born in India in 1936, was a close associate of Schumacher in London in the mid-1970s and, after the latter's death, founded the Schumacher Society to promote a decentralized, low-tech, egalitarian civilization. In this spiritual autobiography, he renders these ideas powerful by virtue of the example of his own commitment to them. In 1962, with a mixture of lofty idealism and personal callousness, Kumar left his new wife and their three-week-old daughter in India and, with a fellow activist, set off on a two-year, round-the-world walk, stopping in Moscow, Paris, London and Washington to urge government leaders to abolish nuclear weapons and end the arms race. His "peace pilgrimage" makes for an incredible road adventure, but the book later threatens to become one long, exhausting itinerary as he re-creates trips to Japan, Tibet, Nepal and his four-month pilgrimage on foot in 1985 to Britain's sacred sites and alternative communities. Many will view Kumar's prescriptions as fantasy, but none can doubt that these pages are animated by a fierce integrity. Agent, Andrew Blauner. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved