You can’t say that a book by its cover is so true in the case of this fascinating bookJohn Mole’s new book, Harley and the sacred mountain, is very unusual. This includes a few surprises. First of all, it’s not about driving a Harley-Davidson just anywhere. It features a rather hissy Yamaha 50cc pitch, which is simply dubbed Harley, and despite a title that seems to indicate heavy religious overtones, it is often irreverent, ironic and even funny about it and a whole range of other topics. . John Mole is originally from England but now lives in London and Greece. He is well traveled, social, well educated and has written nine other books. Greece itself is the centerpiece and setting of history; its long epic story told by Mole in a fascinating way. He illuminates history with a background on politics, mythology, and religious events from the country’s history.Mole takes us on a motorcycle odyssey, appropriately enough, given the setting of his home in a village of ‘Euboea runs the length of Greece to Mount Athos, an autonomous state ruled by monks where no women are allowed – with a few exceptions.Sounds pretty pious, right? Actually no. Mole and Harley make the trip despite Molasse’s top speed in January, limited cargo capacity, and Mole’s admittedly limited advance planning. His sharp ideas, irony and sense of humor make this quirky odyssey at times entertaining, while fascinating and even historically informative. Moldovan monk on Mount Athos. His mission is to bring the books to Father Makarios, a Mole monk he had met in Athos the previous year. Makarios is originally from Moldova through the Ohio State University where he spent two years in college, so he is fluent in English. They got along well and Makarios gave Mole a hand-carved crucifix. Mole wanted to do something for him in return and bringing the books was all. When Mole finally reaches the Holy Mountain, sad news awaits him. Makarios died about a month before Mole’s visit. So the long drive can’t end with the delivery of the gifts or the enlightening conversation Mole had envisioned. But this is not the end of the journey; it turns out his purpose was deeper. There was more to it than the books and the trip itself.Mole continues to Mount Athos and in what is perhaps symbolic of the end of the trip, wet weather hikes, and stops before the summit. He reflects on what he has learned about others, their lives and himself. Turns out the trip was even more educational than he hoped and in a way he might not have expected. It is often said of the journey that “it is not about the destination, but about the journey”. In the case of the remarkable John Mole Harley and the sacred mountain, both for the author and for his readers, it is both. By reading it, we learn, we laugh and we get ideas rarely associated with a motorcycle trip. Everything is Greek for me !, The Pilgrimage of Martoni 1394, I was a potato oligarch, the sultan’s organ, the sail or the return, the monogamous, thank you Eddie, Management Mole, and The hero of Negropont.Book Info
- Title: Harley and the sacred mountain
- Author: John Mole
- Published: 2020 paperback, 307 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in.
- Publisher: Fortune, 241, 95 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1BZ
- ISBN: 978-1-8382556-0-2
- US $ 13.74 (at exchange rate as of April 13, 2021) UK: £ 9.99