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"A ride well worth taking for those who seek the journey more than the destination." —Kirkus (April 1, 2011)

About the Author

Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush, and the author of "Ghost Rider," "The Masked Rider," "Traveling Music," and "Roadshow." He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770410589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770410589
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jay W. Lundgreen on April 7, 2011
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Neil Peart's latest offering, Far and Away: A Prize Every Time, stays true to the author's established vision. While an argument could be made that most of the writing here isn't original to this work (most of it comes straight from Peart's personal website) it is an argument that doesn't hold much weight. Having first read most of the material as it appeared on line I have to say that new life has been breathed into it in this new and refreshing presentation.

Aesthetically, Far and Away is Peart's most impressive book to date. The photography is a mix of beautiful sights, or interesting insights, but more importantly always relevant to the writing. This book is a labor of love and it really does come through in the physical feel and presentation.

Peart's writing is a lot like his musicianship. He has an established style, but it isn't stagnant, it is a living breathing thing. Part of the fun with this read is not only being taken on the journey through the events in the author's life, but also on the journey of the author's relationship to his own craft. The end result is a new layer of intimacy to his prose. Peart, though somewhat shy, has never been so as an author, which is one of his greatest strengths. And though the proverbial floodgates aren't wide open in this work (which is for the best) regular readers of his material will have the sensation that, with this book, the doorway into his life and times has been opened just a crack more.

Peart's writing usually makes me want to go buy a motorcycle and travel the country, but this time around it has left me wanting to start keeping a journal. And that's one of the best parts about a new Peart book, like the title suggests, it's a prize every time.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Foster on April 20, 2011
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Q: Why should I buy this book when I can read Neil Peart's blog for free?

A: 'Far and Away' includes additional essays not included in Neil's excellent blog. They blew me away, sprung tears of joy and pride in my eyes, and made me laugh out loud.

Neil ascends further into the pantheon of great writers with stand-alone packets of stories filled with the usual adventure, geology lessons, and humor in his writing. My favorites are "Under the Marine Layer" and "The Ballad of Larry and Suzy", where he shares his thoughts and feelings of becoming a father again after losing his only child (and first wife and even his dog in 1997). This is not `The Motorcycle Diaries' or the kind of fluff designed to sell to the lowest common denominator of reader. Neil used metaphor wrapped in everyday Southern California events and some lucky circumstances (his friend's daughter is named Selena and she shines an enviable facet in his prose) to tell the story.

It's an interesting read if you have no idea who Neil is, but as a Rush fan it's delightful to share bittersweet life on the road and the hilarious interactions with bandmates Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee.

In an April 2011 interview with Neil by Jim Ladd of KLOS Jim wishes we could see `the infectious gleam in his eye and smile'. Wishes come true in 'Far and Away'; it's filled with pictures (mainly taken by Neil) who has an artist's eye for composition. My only regret with the book is some of the non-professional photos, particularly ones taken on overcast winter days, would shine better with a little enhancement. Neil's probably used to the brightness of photos lit by a monitor; print immediately snuffs them. The art director could've said or done something--Neil's a writer, not a Photoshopper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Blue Christensen on August 14, 2012
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"Far and Away" is my favorite of Peart's books. The "open letter" format gives him terrific agility between subjects, form, tone, and perspective. There is a careful informality to each piece, as if he is chatting with the reader over a late-night drink, sitting on a terrace overlooking the lights of Southern California. There is intimacy, too, the intimacy of strangers. The emotional timbre of each piece has increased, as opposed to some of his earlier work (even "Ghost Rider") where the subjects where more obviously private - and therefore the reader needed to be kept a little farther away from the author by careful use of grammar and style.

For the audience not familiar with Peart's day job, "Far and Away" is a treasure of travel literature, both between geographic locales and between ideas. The casual tone of the work belies its attention to the craft of writing. Much as Rush fans practice playing "YYZ" repeatedly just for the joy of it, Peart practices writing for the pleasure of creating a finely tuned, precise, meaningful phrase. The essays stand on their own, and anyone who appreciates the patient, meticulous, loving effort of good writing will be satisfied - and grateful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MSW on December 1, 2013
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Once again Neil adds miles to his motorcycle - informative and historical. I gave this to someone who is interested in travel and knew nothing about Neil or Rush - he thoroughly enjoyed it and is reading Neil's other books.

Not just for a fan of Rush's music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Overturf on November 4, 2014
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Literally. Neil takes us along to some of his favorite places. While it might not win an award, it is Neil. Speaking to us. Taking us on a journey. Giving advice. Always returning and getting to the show on time. Shunpiking. Now you will have to read the book to find out what that means! Fun read. And there is a prize at the end of each ride.
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