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Idiot Wind by Peter Kaldheim

Idiot Wind: A Memoir

Peter Kaldheim

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Imprint: Canongate Books Ltd
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication date: 1 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781786897367

The memoir of one man's journey from addiction back to sobriety and sanity via the road

4 stars out of 5
Robbie Millen
3 Aug 2019

"the eccentric story of his wanderings"

Despite that, it’s not a depressing or angry read. Rather, he is a witty observer; he took notes at the time that he has no doubt embellished, 30 years later in this his first book. One hostel is described as “a sleepover camp for prodigal sons”. At a Catholic mission he tries on shoes donated by pious widows. They are “the soles of the faithful departed”. Kaldheim does not rail at Mommy and Daddy or society or consumerism or capitalism. Nor does he finger-wag or preach, although he does note an old Brazilian proverb: “When shit becomes valuable, the poor will be born without assholes.”