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- DescriptionThe Thousand Year Journey of Tobias Parker is the story of a failed San Francisco screenwriter who makes a desperate last gasp to leave his mark on the world. When Tobias Parker discovers that every family on Earth is here to accomplish a particular task, he becomes determined to fulfill his family's destiny. He learns that a unique battle is passed through the generations from father to son and mother to daughter, and that once the mission is fulfilled, the family takes its place as a piece in a kind of celestial jigsaw puzzle. As Tobias embarks on his final project, his life becomes a breathless whirlwind that throws Hollywood, science, mysticism, romance and history into a roiling stew. Along the way, he's guided by his lovably loony agent, encounters Mel Brooks, contemplates Frank Lloyd Wright, and confronts the devil in his many faces. His topsy-turvy, existential journey takes him to some hilarious highs, devastating lows, and leads him to ponder a whole bagful of thought-provoking ideas. In the end, Tobias discovers his family's profound destiny and learns t only the meaning of his own life but also provides a big clue for the rest of us as well.
- Author BiographyTerry Tarnoff was born in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, a small town in the northern United States, the son of Russian immigrants. His family later moved to Milwaukee where, at the age of twelve, he became a cub reporter for The Northwest Reporter. He was paid a penny a word to write phony letters to the editor to help fill out a half-empty newspaper. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison during the political upheaval of the 1960s, worked at the East Side Bookstore in New York's East Village during the Summer of Love, traveled around Europe for three months, and designed and distributed psychedelic posters in Berkeley, California, all the while putting off a planned career in psychiatry. As Woodstock dissolved into Altamont, he headed back to Europe and supported himself as a blues musician, playing harmonica in bands from London to Amsterdam to Stockholm. Soon after, he hooked up with an international brigade of travelers, a new generation of expatriates who took their cues from Henry Miller, Paul Bowles, and Jack Kerouac as they pushed further down the road. That road led to the coast of Kenya and the plains of Tanzania, to the deserts of India and the mountains of Nepal, to the war-torn villages of Laos and the islands of Indonesia. Along the way, Terry lived in experimental communities, explored the mysteries of Hinduism and Buddhism, played with an African band in Mombasa, performed as a singer-guitarist in the Far East, and was a member of a rock band in Goa, India. After eight years on the road, he returned to San Francisco in 1978, where he continued his musical career for several years before turning to writing. He has since worked as a screenwriter, had four scripts optioned by Hollywood production companies, taught two film courses, driven a taxi, managed an African art gallery, and written for an internet film site. His first book, The Bone Man of Benares, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2004. A one-man show adapted from the book was produced later that year by the Encore Theatre Company in San Francisco. Terry is currently working on a new novel. He lives in San Francisco.
- Author(s)Terry Tarnoff
- PublisherAvian Press
- Date of Publication24/02/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAvian Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight499 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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