Chasing Paradise

Chris Benjamin

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ISBN: 9781990770081
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Chasing Paradise

A Hitchhiker's Search for Home in a World at War with Itself

  Author:   Chris Benjamin    
  Publisher:  Pottersfield Press

In May, 2001, Chris Benjamin hitchhiked across Canada and volunteered on organic farms in British Columbia. He was in search of a good home, love and community, and perhaps a source of income to pay off his student loans.

In Northern Ontario, Benjamin writes, “Big Al was my first encounter with what turned out to be a hitchhiking trope, the kind and generous – to his own kind at least – racist.” The trope got worse after September 11, which happened as Benjamin was leaving Prince Rupert, BC, hitching south toward the USA.

This memoir is based on the detailed journals he kept at that time, hitching and Greyhounding his way across Canada and the USA, winding up in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The journals consisted mainly of what people said to him: those who picked him up and the bus riders he encountered — including soldiers and kids fresh from jail.

Travelling in post 9/11 United States, the author tried not to succumb to the anger of those who wished for a vengeful global comeuppance. Throughout his journey, our shy young narrator falls in and out of love with place and soul, remaining ever-watchful for signs of a peaceful pocket to call home.

What he finds instead is an unexpected sort of homecoming, and surprising joy in a sense of purpose. He writes of the oddities of organic food production, walking through the grotesque aftermath of a massive clear-cut forest, and drop-ins at artist hippie communes. Chasing Paradise is both an engrossing road memoir and a treatise from the generation stuck somewhere between corporate greed and hippie disillusionment.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781990770081
Item PC0354
PublisherPottersfield Press
PublisherPottersfield Press
Published on March 15 2023
Language eng
Pages 220
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight0(g)
Chris Benjamin has studied, reported, and acted on environmental issues since the late 90s. He is currently the "Sustainable City" columnist for The Coast, Halifax's independent weekly newspaper, and is the author of a novel, Drive-by Saviours, which was long-listed for the 2011 Canada Reads competition and for the 2011 ReLit Award for Best Novel from a Canadian Independent Press. He lives in Halifax.