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on June 30, 2004
As a long time Rush/Neil Peart fan I may not be the most objective reviewer of this book as I tore through its pages with the mindset of a fan and not as a casual reader. Being a Rush fan and a motorcyclist, I'm probably as captive a reader as any author could hope for, so perhaps I grant this book some liberties where others may feel it falls a little short.
The passing of Peart's daughter and wife starts the book on it's haunting footing as the author takes you on a two wheel ride over miles and miles of road while simultaneously allowing you to feel his pain, recount his memories, think his thoughts, and bask in his ultimate healing. All while the odometer keeps clicking away.
What is immediately striking is the author's raw emotional openness - as though his motorcycle were the couch and the reader the psychologist listening to him poor it all out. The down side of this is that in his honesty you see him as not always being the most sympathetic of characters - often he comes across being uptight, anal, and often self indulged. Rather than recounting memories of his lost loved ones, allowing his devastation to be more concrete and real for the reader he regales in story after story of past motorcycle trips with his best friend Brutus. By the end of the book you know more about Brutus than the loved ones he lost.
The beauty of this book is experiencing the world as viewed through the eyes of a well-read, thoughtful artist. He has such a poetic sensibility about the world that the sights, sounds and smells of the passing countryside take on a fresh life. Throughout the book he is searching, but never out of control - he grieves as you would expect, but not driven by his emotions - instead he rides and thinks.
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on April 30, 2016
really good book!!! I bought the ebook for my android and i just love this book (and i even hate reading lol). I was so heart broken when i heard about neils loses and i felt bad for him having to go through such pain. Im glad he was able to find a way to ease the pain. Reading about his journey all across north america is an experience even if you dont know who he is or even if you dont like him. All the adventures and stories told in this book are beyond interesting. Would highly recomend this to anyone who has lots of spare time and wants something to do. Just kidding, i would recomend this to everyone on the planet.
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on September 29, 2003
I am not a musician or a drummer and only a casual RUSH fan and I enjoyed this book tremendously. I wrote that disclaimer because I think this is a book for everyone - you don't have to be a music fan or even going through a loss of your own. This book is honest and fresh and reveals an intimate side of an intensely private man who deals with his devastating losses - it could have been written by anyone and for anyone.
Personally I was impressed with the intelligence of the author and his normalacy and down-to-earth lifestyle despite the fact he is a 'rock drummer' and is idolized by drummers all over the world. How many big time rock stars would stay at a Super 8 and admit they are avid bird watchers?
Kudos to Neil for his superb writing and giving hope to others going through similar situations. I loved this book so much I bought copies for friends so they could enjoy it as well.
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on April 19, 2004
Although this book can be found in the Music section in stores, it should be allowed to occupy a space in the therapeutic section as well. Not just for the Rush fan, this book could have be written by anyone whose circumstances were, unfortunately, similar to Peart's. We are allowed to travel with Peart's "little baby soul" and see how it's possible to let our hearts, bit by bit, recover from trauma.
Do not let the idea that this is a constantly depressing book, keep it from being read. It is a wonderful trip across America on a motorcycle but we never forget why the road is traveled.
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on December 21, 2003
Having grown up listening to Rush, I was curious to read this book. Knowing what had happened in Neils life, I bought it and put it on the shelf, thinking that I would read it "someday" whenever I had to deal with loss in my own life...
Well, six months after that, I did...not the same kind of loss (not nearly as tragic), but loss nevertheless. Although my loss was different, it was sudden...and eventually I picked up "Ghost Rider."
Neil has always come across as somewhat mysterious to me, but in this book he really puts his raw emotions out on the table for everyone to read. I enjoyed very much reading of his travels, but what he was able to articulate about what he was having to go though emotionally was something that I really connected with. In dealing with my own situation, it was a great comfort to read about somebody else who was also suffering the pain of loss. I could relate. This book helped me through some dark times.
My only criticism of it would be.....his sense of humor. Throughout the book Neil includes letters that he wrote to a specific friend of his...those letters are filled with Neils unique sense of humor....which happens not to resonate with me.
But his emotions did. I read this book at the right time in my own life. And I applaud Neil for so bravely exposing himself in such a bold way.
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on August 13, 2013
In a way, I can relate to what Neil Peart has gone through. The pain of losing two loved ones is unbearable.

As the drummer for Rush, Peart is often the forgotten -or quiet- one. Thus we know very little about him and his propensity for reading. We often overlook the fact that he his educated, articulate and that he apparently has a bit of a dark sense of humor. The book conveys his pain and his efforts to try and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

While some will characterize Peart as self-indulgent and often mean in his life story, the fact remains that when you lose a loved one in tragic circumstances, you tend to ignore other people's problems and concentrate mostly on your own.Very little else exists outside of your own pain. Trust me on this, my family and I go through it every single day.

I highly recommend this book to those who have lost a loved one. I know it helped me quite a lot.
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on July 3, 2004
As a fan of Rush and Neil Peart for 20+ years, I was hoping this book would reveal more about Neil's human side and the tragedies he faced and overcame. It did, but not the way I expected. I was about 100 pages in when I realized the book is written for Neil himself, not for the reader. The author often seems not to know or care that a reader exists and wants to understand and empathize with his journey. He logs hundreds of pages of detail of his aimless wanderings, often interspersed with his own feelings of grief, but the few real insights are fragmented without any real coherence. In fact, some of them are probably unintentional; he seems as unaware of his own disdain towards most other people he meets, as he is of the reader himself. This becomes painfully obvious in the "Letters to Brutus" section, pages upon pages of correspondence that, while surely significant to Neil and his close friends, are mostly fragmented and irrelevant to anyone else. After 450 pages of material, through which we desperately want Neil to overcome his pain, the story of his recovery is tacked on in literally a single sentence, followed by 6 pages of epilogue.
My sense is that this book was written not for the reader, but for Neil to bring closure to his own grieving process, which is understandable given the terrible tragedies that the author experienced. The reader should approach it in that context, understanding that the process of grief necessarily makes a person very focused on the self to the exclusion of almost all else.
I'd recommend the book only to dedicated fans of Neil's work, with the caveat that this particular work is really written for Neil himself. All the band members have consistently said they feel they owe their followers their best possible performance in exchange for the CD price or ticket charge; for the $20 price of this book, this is the first work I've seen by any of them that falls far short of that standard.
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on July 8, 2013
This book was an excellent read. It is a book about Neil Peart, his life, his struggle, his tragedies. When his daughter and wife passed on, in sudden fashion (within 10 months of one another), he was basically left with nothing. He felt sitting around and thinking about it all would lead him to a dark place, and feared it may be un-recoverable. Instead he decides that if he kept moving, time would heal ...just keep busy. This book tells the journey he took on the healing road, and how he survived a horrific reality. This book may inspire, but it's not meant as a self help book, or written to please the masses. It's a book about a personal life, with well deserved, and a right of personal thoughts/feelings. Great read.
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on May 9, 2013
I enjoy travel stories but this one was more. It was deeply engaging and I could relate to the lonely road stories as I have done them over the years. I sometimes think exploring alone gives you different insights to the world around you but not always. It is good to see that his new wife has pulled him through his darkness hours although one never forgets. People matter. A challenging and wonderfully written book. As a Rush fan I enjoyed it even more. May Neil and his new family live a blessed life together.
Roger Poirier
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on July 16, 2004
"Living in a fisheye lens, caught in the camera eye,
I have no heart to lie,
I can't pretend a stranger is a long-awaited friend."
-- Limelight
And who can blame you? Who will judge you? Lost your life, your family, your love, your child, your spirit ! O cruel world ! You turned in your ambition for a cold dark hostile ride through infinite space and endless pavement. But you do have love. You do have light. You gave so much to the world in your youth. You were our only voice. You taught us all a philosophy that we knew before we became wealthy and learned in philosophy. You were our only philosopher; the greatest of all philosophers. Your gift was not only the gift of words of enlightenment, but was the gift of energy: adrenalin flowing. You gave the world truth: the rarest of all precious stones. Thank you. You are loved by millions. And many more will be born to discover your genius. Music is timeless. Perhaps we are all strangers to you, but you should know that we, your audience, all hold you close to our hearts. And in this that we all share, we are not strangers, but very close friends.
"Ghost Rider" takes us into the soul of Neil Peart, percussionist, composer, and lyricist and poet of the combined genius known as Rush. It is a mystery why he opened his soul in this text, but he did. It's true: we cannot know another unless we walk in their shoes. But we can share it all with each other. Neil pours it out. How you see it, how it affects you, is all up to you, the reader.
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