“The Well at the World’s End”
As an innocent 19 year old Australian Mackinnon visited the mystical Scottish Isle of Iona where he bathed in The Well of Eternal Youth and was conned by Ms Pixie, an attractive American New Ager in search of Druids. Sadder, Wiser, and Poorer he left the island for reality and eight years passed.
Mr Mackinnon, now a respectable English teacher at an Adelaide school decides his life needs meaning, resigns, and resolves to return to Iona the long way around. After flying to New Zealand he resolves that no matter where his peregrinations take him there must be no more air travel. From then on he must travel only on land or sea as he sets out with a knapsack of spare clothes, a world map, and a small telescope.
From then on we join him in this saga of adventure, frustration, and success as he travels along his Road that goes ever on and on to unknown destinations. He travels by sail, steam, feet, and a wide range of land vehicles. Returning to Australia by yacht he survives a serious bus smash in The Northern Territory before travelling by devious means to places such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Laos. In the latter country he even has a brief stint in China as an illegal immigrant .
Europe at last and he is joined by an old friend as they travel through Italy, Greece, and France. Far from a pleasant jaunt there are occasions when they only just escape with their lives then finally, alone again, he reaches his target Iona and revelation.
A superb piece of writing full of humour, terror, stunning scenery, horrendous beasts, and grim monotony, all illustrated by the author’s pen sketches. I enjoyed his first book “The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow” which took place several years after the current odyssey this is a worthy successor.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2235 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Publisher: Black Inc. (30 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ABA3RCM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 21 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)