Magic Bus: On the Hippie Trail From Istanbul to India
Magic Bus On the Hippie Trail From Istanbul to India Author:Rory MacLean ?A magic journey?lyrical, sympathetic, but gently skeptical.??Colin Thubron ?An exciting and lively account of how the ideals of Kerouac metamorphosed into back-packer travel: organized by Lonely Planet guides, fed with banana pancakes, and connected by hotmail from Peru to Phnom Penh.??Rory Stewart In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of thousand... more »s of young westerners in search of enlightenment blazed the ?hippie trail? that ran through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. Forty years later, Rory MacLean revisits the trail, where he encounters the tie-dyed veterans who never made it home, meets locals reaping the rewards and regrets of westernization, and crashes up against Taliban fighters and Islamic extremism, which has turned the hippie trail into a path of dust and danger. Rory MacLean?s books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.« less
Reverberations of a bygone era permeate this book. MacLean traces the fabled "hippie trail", the overland route from Turkey to India, which thousands of young people traveled throughout the 60s and 70s. He talks to those who were there, both natives of the lands traveled through and the travelers themselves.
The author does a superb job of examining how the hippies changed the culture and lands through which they traveled as well as how the journey changed them. He also paints a timely portrait of what those lands are like today.
For those who were there this book is a chance to revisit a pivotal time in their lives, and for those who weren't and wish they had been, it's a chance to vicariously experience the journey of a lifetime.