"The Way of the World" - Nicolas Bouvier
by Agata Mleczko
The departure had been like a rebirth, and my world seemed to new to bend to methodical reflection. I had neither freedom nor flexibility, just desire and panic, pure and simple. I tore up and began the same page twenty times over... "The Way of the World" by Nicolas Bouvier
Bouvier has always treated his journey from Switzerland to India seriously. He was ready to be changed by this journey. For a year and a half he was experiencing the world allowing himself to get lost in wilderness, meeting people, teaching French and repairing his car. At the same time he struggled to describe his experience. He always wanted to share it with his readers but soon after the departure he discovered how difficult it is. Eventually, he needed five years to complete his first book The Way of the World. But after all, he created a masterpiece. And today, after so many years, I still find his book inspiring. And challenging too.