Beyond Paris

A young man sets off to work in Paris but goes beyond to discover the world, finding the man he would become along the way.
Infinity Publishing
  • erschienen am 1. Juli 2019
E-Book | ePUB mit Adobe DRM | Systemvoraussetzungen
978-1-4999-0553-3 (ISBN)
Beyond Paris
a young traveler is transformed
by his odyssey across parts of
Europe & Asia

In 1970 traditional paths to success, and the definition of success itself, were questioned. And so young people in their twenties went off to see the world, and in the process find themselves.

In Beyond Paris Paul Casper goes on such a journey. A journey that would change his life forever. A child of the Fifties and Sixties inspired by writers of the Twenties and Thirties, such as Hemingway and Maugham, Paul goes off to work in Paris -and through unimagined circumstances instead he sees an opportunity to become an entrepreneur and takes off to Afghanistan on the Orient Express to buy sought-after newly produced sheepskin coats and bring them back to London and sell them to make a small fortune.

Unforeseen problems develop and he becomes a traveler, seeing over 20 something countries in the next six months. Sometimes through freezing high mountain passes or sometimes through over 100 degree desolate roads traveling in a variety of ways and most without costing him anything, Casper goes through little by little a complete transformation from the people, adventures and mysteries he encounters along the way. Despite lack of finances and daily struggles with hunger, weather and transportation -- including run-ins with Communist border guards, chased by police and also actually jailed in some countries, unusual drugs and unforgettable women, and run-ins with trains, caves, strange islands, a major rock band and a dog that just might be a witch -- his openness to all that is new and trust in "an ethereal heavenly angel companion" make this a journey of hope and confidence in the future.

Beyond Paris is a tale of its time, a moment when innocence and uncertainty begin to fade, to be replaced with purpose and direction. Unfortunately Paul's journey ends with not enough money to get back home.
  • Englisch
Infinity Publishers, Inc.
  • Adaptierte Ausgabe
  • 1,05 MB
978-1-4999-0553-3 (9781499905533)
Did You Ever Wish You Had an Adventure?

Paul Casper is truly bursting with stories. Talk with him for just a few minutes, and you'll find that his life is an open book. He's ready at a moment's notice with a tale from when he was 10, or 22, or 62 that will illustrate a point, a truth, or simply something about his patently unusual perspective on the world. And a good 70 percent of those stories include an illustration of how he found his way through life without playing by the rules, how he's part hooligan, part hustler, part misfit....and a success.
A particularly transformative time in his life came at the tender age of 21, when he landed in Paris with dreams of working there and of becoming the Tyrone Power of his day, of wearing expensive Italian suits and spending his days moving among the beautiful people of one of the most romantic cities in the world. Instead, he decides to hop on the Orient Express to Istanbul & India with a wild idea to start a business, life interceded and instead, he embarked on a six-month trek through more than twenty European & Near Eastern countries with little more than the clothes on his back before returning to the United States a completely changed man.
In the years since, he has found that the enduring transformation the journey created in him was fodder for endless stories at business lunches and cocktail parties. For decades, he found his audiences transfixed by how he narrowly escaped freezing to death in the Swiss Alps in the middle of summer, or how he was imprisoned in a Dutch jail without a clue of how to get out, or intrigue with mysterious foreign women and a dog that just might be a witch or of how a series of very improbable events led him to find a flight back to the US with hardly a dollar left in his pocket.
As an award-winning graphic designer, it comes more naturally to Paul to think in visuals rather than in prose. But after a successful career in the publishing world, he also understands the power of the written word. Many have traveled, but few have been able to say that adventure was one of the first building blocks to Paul's truly unique creative & publishing career.
Working from diaries and sketchbooks that he's protected in the five decades since he returned from his "European Odyssey", Paul can bring alive a 1970 Europe that in many ways no longer exists. His journey exemplified the dream of going to Europe to find yourself, something that many fantasized about, but few acted upon.
Paul's approach to storytelling is captured in vivid color on every page; he seizes on details that might go unnoticed by those without an artistic eye. He also has the heart of a dreamer and knows how to make you feel as if you were alongside him on the journey along with his adventures--and makes you wish at times that you had been there.

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