Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review # 251: Blaming Japhy Rider - Memoir of a Dharma Bum Who Survived by Philip A. Bralich PhD

Description: (from GoodReads)
     Blaming Japhy Rider is a memoir/expose of the seedier side of the beats, the hippies, and the new age. Inspired by and responding to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginzberg, and others, this book reports on a 30 year journey into Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy to resolve an intractable case of PTSD brought on by an accident in the Peace Corps in West Africa which cost the author's wife her life and him much of the use of his left leg.


     Blaming Japhy Rider was a very interesting memoir; full of emotion, heartbreak, triumph and inspiration. Philip A. Bralich's spiritual and psychological journey was supplemented with content influenced by the most prolific writers of the "Beat Generation", particularly Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. I was surprised by how much I learned from his surroundings and experiences, especially his fight with PTSD, a disorder that is misunderstood even in today's society. The story was well-written, had a median-pace, and was highly affective. Philip's "character" was anything but boring, and his story was one that I will definitely recommend to friends and readers.

Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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