“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins
As the story of Cambodia slowly unravels so does the author’s life, in ways he never imagined, and the journey into the darkness and beauty of Cambodia becomes a journey into his own being.
Recognising crossroads can be difficult, even when holding a map. This book is a chiaroscuro rendered through images and words of Cambodia as reflected in one man’s eyes. Captured through images, letters and poetry, are many revelations and epiphanies experienced while journeying through an awe-inspiring country, encountering its richly textured culture and meeting its people.
The book follows the journey of author – Glen Bosman who, at the age of 54, departs from the rigid, middle class world of urban Australia in which he has always lived to travel into the heart of Cambodia. The reader follows him as he steps beyond the boundaries of his own fortunate life, and into the struggle and torment of the Khmer people. Through a series of letters between the author and his distant mentor, philosopher Kelly Raincloud, Glen’s exploration of the beauty and darkness of Cambodia very much becomes a journey and a search for his own meaning and understanding.