New release: The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure, by Michael Blue
Not only is this a tremendously entertaining book, rich in adventures, hilarious encounters, and thoughtful philosophy as experienced by a mobile hobo, this is a challenge to us to examine how we are living.’ ★★★★★
Have you ever asked yourself if our ideas about success are all they’re made out to be? Do you ever wonder if work and pursuit of money and material possessions are ALL THERE IS to life? For twenty years, Michael Blue, an accountant trapped on the corporate treadmill, contemplated these questions.
Now he lives in a bus in the dense jungles of Northern Sumatra. This is his idea of freedom. He is a fugitive of an unusual kind, an escapee from the work-consume-die hamster wheel. He has a simple existence without much use for work or money.
This is the story of how he got there. Michael takes us along for the ride as he reflects on four previous failed escape attempts. It is amongst these stories, his meetings with Shamans in the Amazon, the lessons from a sex-crazed marsupial, and his revelations during lonely rides in frozen chicken trucks, that we discover the hard-learned secrets of a successful escape artist.
Amongst his adventures, he dismantles commonly held beliefs about success, work, money, and ownership. And then, from the remains, with an uncomplicated perspective on health, wealth, and happiness, he reconstructs what it means to live a good life.
The result is at once a travel story and a firsthand experiential blueprint, guide or perhaps anatomy of escape.
‘Not just an experiment in simplicity and living without using much money. It was about living life – to reflect, review, and revise.’ ★★★★★
‘Funny, humanistic, off the beaten track – perhaps, but read his book that asks if not forces us to rethink consumerism and he blossoms like fresh air! Having read all three of Mike’s books, THE ANATOMY OF ESCAPE is this reader’s favourite – perhaps because time passing awakens us to the discoveries Mike has made.’ ★★★★★