Having read this book found it hard to imagine anyone this gifted in his first offering.
Constantly searching for true experiences with an author capable of relating to his audience was delighted to find this gem.
Mitchell McCrady sought out a trip away from the ordinary when leaving his native US and lived up to the challenges of his contemporaries and their colloquial dialects as he ably depicted not only their personas, but with their British accents to boot. You live with him each day with his challenges, errors and alliances as he aptly defines them. His journeys both challenging and raw to himself as he learns not only about others but himself as well.
A fascinating read whether for escapists or those wishing to dare for themselves.
Despite my stingy reader’s nature had to give this one 5 stars.
The search for authenticity.......Some live and die for it, others do not even contemplate their experience from a third party perspective. Drugs and self discovery was big part of my own personal journey, and I got to relive that part of my life through Mitchell Phillips words on Hemp paper! Pittsburgh to Cadiz, What's the difference? Part One is not for for the faint of heart, it has some heavy stuff in the story line. If you have never gone through some tough times in your life, you might not relate to the Author's contemplative diatribe. "Once again, I've forced my plans into bien'. I've giving myself no other option. Once again, it's the hard way, always the hardest ******* way!" page 310 "Fire it in lad!" Mickey Demands, his tone ever rising, "Ye ave ta be quick aroon err." page 110 Mitchell Phillips prose of the working class dialect of the English and Scottish is spot on! So many well though out clever angles to this story, I can not list them all. Now that I have finished the book, my own piece of depressions is setting in waiting for part 2.
Writing about yourself is quite a difficult task. This book conquers that and ropes you into a struggle. A young man and facing an identity crisis and a place in the world. A story that seems simply about a trip to Europe develops into an in depth look of the identity struggles of the narrator and takes you with him through introspection we all go through. The author has a punishingly honest narrative of himself. The pictures are appreciated however, the description of the landscape is so vivid at times you get a firm grasp of it most importantly through the scope of the author. This read really surprised me. I do not know exactly where my expectations for this were, but they were well exceeded. Thank you, Mitch I cannot wait for part two.
Can't decide whether this book is a travel log or memoir. No matter. It scores well on both counts. The author's exceptional descriptive skills bring to life the places and people he encounters on his personal journey of enlightenment. Made me feel like I was there in the Scottish Highlands with him. A well written and engaging story. Looking forward to the sequel.
Great read from beginning to end. An entertaining, interesting and well written book. My first novel in years, but well worth it.
I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this book and put all other tasks aside until it was finished! Mitch has a style of writing which effectively transports you into the story and has the ability to activate the senses so that you are able to perceive and experience the totality of his perspective on this journey! I was fortunate enough to attend his book signing and he had the photographs from the book displayed on the wall and I could recall each photo to the place in the story, which brought it to life! Well done, Mitch! I look forward to reading the next one!
It's so easy to picture oneself right there in the scene. You can tell the author spent quality time recording notes and personal reflections on a daily basis to help set the stage for a smooth reading journey. The photos are a tremendous asset to this book. The fact that it's printed on hemp paper brings this authors enterprise full circle.
Very well written. The images provided also give you more of a visionary and makes you feel like your present. It also leaves you wondering how deep will Mitch go to find his soul. I enjoyed the book, great read.
mitch has a way with words,the descriptions are very vivid! i know from experience he has spent many an hour in a lifeguard stand! great read!
Thanks for a great read Mitchell ! Can't wait for the next one !
As a traveler and Lifeguard I can relate to the story. Many of us question societies ways and travel to find the answers. An excellent read with laughter throughout. If you have slung a back pack over your shoulder and gone on the road, this book is a must read.
Pittsburg to Cadiz reads like a travel journal. Places, people, things that were ate, drank, or smoked. But as the layers peel back, a chronicled leap onto an unknown path wrought with struggle, longing, and self discovery is revealed. Cringe worthy accounts of loneliness and physical pain are constantly giving way to glimmers of hope and the strength that the protagonist, Mitch, has lingering down deep. The story draws you in with the absurdity that is Mitch's reality of hard labor in a foreign and freezing cold landscape surrounded by a motley crew of characters. However, it's the sensitivity and emotion that ebbs and flows from Mitch that pulls on the heart strings. What I loved about the novel was the push and pull of the Angel and the Devil we have on all our shoulders. The power to abstain and be strong versus the power to indulge and to lose control. Even with this duality, it's clear that Mitch has no qualms about taking on pain, both physical and mental. I couldn't help but ask, why? "Find your path somewhere else! This must have been torture!", I wanted to scream. But that was the beauty of the book. We never know why we do things until the hardships are bore and the lessons are learned. One of the story's main themes is that hurting is a necessary evil. One of my favorite lines of the book was, "[It's]Part of the game. Pain is a friend ta us all." Without pain we wouldn't know our limits, when we can be strong, or realize what we could overcome. Pain is a revelation. One other part of the book that I relished was the photography. Mitch's pictures capture so nicely what is being conveyed in the story. Not only in giving the reader a sense of what Mitch is tangibly experiencing but also in the way that it gives the reader a sense of what Mitch is feeling. The landscapes are haunting in their melancholy and the way they say that something greater or brighter could lay ahead. Art is clearly an outlet for Mitch and provides him with relief and by including his actual travel photos he also soothes the reader too. Looking forward to Mitch's next adventure.
Very real account of a life most of us have dreamed of living. Found myself wandering into the author's shoes. Couldn't put it down. Very well written.
Awesome read...... Part one of four parts; can't wait for the next part......
Great story. Best book I have read in a long time. The author makes you think you are there with him with such descriptive writting. A must read.
Powerful story of the search within amidst the search of life story abroad. Amazing print work on a 100% hemp based product..beautiful material and unique feel in the hands for your reader who is a traditionalist. Ready for part II
McCrady brings adventure and destiny along the journey of a lifetime. A one way ticket can change everyday opportunities but also break one's mentality and trust along the way. The journey into Mitchell Phillips McCrady world really gives the reader the true sense of getting to know him within this coming of age story. I found myself smiling while enjoying this novel as this travel log type of story really ties down to life's biggest challenges and facing them straight on rather than turning a blind eye. I felt as if I was travelling alongside McCrady as his perspective targeted every sense in which the reader can vividly imagine the surroundings and characters expressions. I loved the humor and realness behind this novel as I felt McCrady left no stone unturned and really made this book his own. McCrady gives a blunt side to his writing style as he swears persuasively to draw attention to an important moment within the book or to break tension which really gave me a good laugh during some of the bickering between characters in the book, especially Rob, Paul and Jed. Through the book, I loved how every place was described to really give the reader the look into where life took him and how he became who he is today.
An avid supporter of art, music, and other creative endeavors in the local South Florida scene and known to be an avid reader, I was approached by a dear friend of mine and longtime local, Lifeguard Jim McCrady. Jim asked if I would read a book written by his brother, Mitch McCrady, (officially Mitchell Phillips McCrady), and if liking could lend my support through word of mouth, a review, or any other promotional opportunity that came my way. And so it was that “Pittsburgh to Cadiz, What’s the Difference, Part I” crossed my path. Groaning inside (oh God please don’t let this be a piece of shit writing I have to slog through), I promised to read it. Honestly a few months went by, but I said I would read it and you do for your good friends as promised. So hoping for the best, I finally started the book. I did have some curiosity and excitement about “Pittsburgh to Cadiz” knowing Mitch McCrady and myself had tread some of the same turf, our hometown sandy beaches, and the excitement and rumble on the rim of a frenzied “Load” mosh pit at their live jammed packed shows on a South Florida night! So, after some delay, intrigue and curiosity overruled and with a promise to be fulfilled, I began “Pittsburgh to Cadiz, What’s the Difference, Part I.” In no time I was totally immersed and transported! This book captured me! McCrady has crafted this thought provoking, layered, often raw to the bone, tremendously touching, funny, hysterical, and hysterically-funny, auto-biographical account of his travels and a young man’s breaking away from home. Launched from the sandy beaches of Fort Lauderdale he trades in on the party life to see the world on a self-exploratory road which leads him far away to cold, dark, and hard places. A coming of age journey, as much as a journey across continents and cultures. A personal, physical, and mental journey through a most unusual and not often traveled part of the world. McCrady brings a true story. The mistakes and blunders, the painful and the triumphant. Expressed well, his feelings are sown deep touching the most tender part of the heart and pain in growing, all is laid bare. As a writer, McCrady is fearless. Multi-layered in atmosphere, in emotion, the characters varied and real come alive through great dialogue written in a brogue easily read with your eyes and heard in your ears. That technique takes you right there with him through the wilds of Scotland and the cold and damp of England, the temptations off Amsterdam. This is not the glamorous life. Its the reality of working your way, hard labor style through in an often dangerous existence, living the life of the locals of far away, learning their customs side by side in a cold hard wilderness. McCrady’s odyssey to the dark and exotic wilds of Scotland unfolds. He finds himself a part of the life of the hard working north men in the land of wind and snow whipped mountains of Cadiz. So much more than the story of a young man and his travels. Much more than a “travel” book. “Pittsburgh to Cadiz” becomes a journey and so much more than I ever expected. McCrady embraces a young man's angst, wanderlust, anger, love, alone-ness and oneness as he exposes the existence of the "the Outlier." The story progresses and takes an even deeper hold of you. Rough, tender and thoughtful, sometimes startlingly brilliant. You take front seat along on this unforgettable journey crafted so well you don’t just read it – you ride shotgun, breath held, as this new writer finds his Old Soul and allows it its first peek out at us. I relished it and I devoured it! A gift is at work here as you’re transported through the topography of continents, as well as of the mind and heart. Emotion rarely revealed so pure and raw as in “Pittsburgh to Cadiz”. A young man's journey becomes its own song. And my bet - the journey of a soon to be highly acclaimed American Writer. Delighted to find so much in these pages, the unexpected depth in the writing itself, the interesting characters, the humor, unimaginable events and the journey itself leading to fascinating lands and a look at the inner life of others and their existence. A really great read I highly recommend. Still savoring the taste and pondering the first leg of McCrady’s journey while waiting impatiently for the next leg! McCrady take us further down the road!
Having read this book found it hard to imagine anyone this gifted in his first offering. Constantly searching for true experiences with an author capable of relating to his audience was delighted to find this gem. Mitchell McCrady sought out a trip away from the ordinary when leaving his native US and lived up to the challenges of his contemporaries and their colloquial dialects as he ably depicted not only their personas, but with their British accents to boot. You live with him each day with his challenges, errors and alliances as he aptly defines them. His journeys both challenging and raw to himself as he learns not only about others but himself as well. A fascinating read whether for escapists or those wishing to dare for themselves. Despite my stingy reader's nature had to give this one 5 stars.