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The Faceless Man

By Isaac Oosterloo

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Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Published In: United States, 14 November 2014
"We believe what is presented to us, rather than what we discover for ourselves. Why in this day and age, does everything have to be a god damn interactive online experience. Here's an interactive experience people. Do something. Do anything.... This is simply a story about a man riding a motorbike. I think it's a good one, and I hope you do too." This is a saga of two close friends who let it all go, packed their meagre possessions onto two motorbikes and rode across Australia, simply for the sake of doing so. Along the way they crossed jungles, traversed mountains, fought storms, went hungry, were thirsty, slept wild and yelled their defiant freedom into the face of the sun. This is a tale of self-definition through travel, and of searching for something that is finally worthy of making a man stop.

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Isaac Oosterloo is a self-titled nomadic gypsy biker and travel writer. This Tasmanian born twenty nine year old can usually be found scribbling furiously in a writers pad while leaning on his bike by the side of a highway, or being hypnotised by a sunset. He currently resides in Fremantle with his lady, and is planning more journeys very soon.

EAN: 9780992413163
ISBN: 0992413168
Publisher: Aurora House
Dimensions: 21.59 x 13.97 x 2.26 centimetres (0.43 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Anonymous on
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A disheartening read about a socially impaired and dishonest man.

He's the sort of bloke that would open your child's mail to steal the birthday money. I hope that his version of karma involves a visit from the police.
Gunnar on
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Thank you so much previous reviewer for enlightening me on the fact that this book is a parody. I initially thought that it was purely some narcissistic biker clown writing about how everyone in every town he went through either wanted to be him or shag him. My apologies to the author for being so naive, silly of me to believe that this could even be close to being a serious book of one's travels. I then found this book very amusing, especially when this Faceless Man rips off a country town hardware store (page 106) then leaves town "maintaining a strong moral code" (page 109). Definitely the best send up of an Australian stereotype since Russell Coight (All Aussie Adventures). Also loved the sub-plot of Monkey trying to get away from The Faceless Man by destroying the crappy motorbike that The Faceless Man lent him. Beautifully written.
Anonymous on
 
The author has a very unique style, he truly captures the feelings of being on the road and traveling. This is a book that is hard to put down once you've started it and continuously makes you want to know what's next. He is not Kerouac and he does not try to be, he has his style and he owns it. Truly a creative soul with lots of drive for happiness and adventure, and he shares it all with his readers. I can not wait to see what this author writes in the future.
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Whether it’s leaning hard into a sharp corner in the east coast hinterland rain forest, or the endless lonely desert miles across the top end, Isaac Oosterloo puts the reader in the saddle as you join him and his best mate, Monkey on an epic journey through some of the most beautiful and harsh landscapes Australia has to offer.
Cold, wet and wild nights spent weathering coastal storms or the peace and quiet of an outback sunrise are perfectly captured with an easy yet evocative language and gives a real insight into what we can all expect if we can just let go of whatever holds us in place and embrace the freedom of being in control of our own destiny.
An honest account of the people met along the way with some typically open, warm and helpful Australian townsfolk and just as typically less than warm and helpful Australian townsfolk are mixed with random meetings with international and domestic travellers to gather an interesting and eclectic cast.
Not just a travel story, it also conveys the relationship between two mates relying on each other to successfully rise to each challenge which comes their way. One a mechanical genius able to keep the bikes running with minimal tools but vast knowledge, the other a creative and social man able to bring strangers into their world and immediately make them friends.
It is impossible to read this book without peering out the window at your own suburban jungle without your mind wandering to those long black roads and dusty red plains, with equal amounts of wistfulness and envy of The Faceless Man.

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