The Pillars of Cloud and Fire portrays the madness of obsession through the biography of a man called Alistair. Having recently collected his body from the foot of Mount Everest, and with his ashes now beside him on a hotel terrace in Jerusalem, Alistairs last remaining friend tries to make sense of his life. All the time he is in sight of the Judaean desert, where Alistairs lonely journey began, and where it will end. It is a book informed by the haunting music of Brian Wilson and the mystic Game of Love, whose principle of alternating states of divine infusion and abandonment traces the spiral path that will lead to Alistair's death, a death, nevertheless, in which the friend sees the triumph of Inspiration over the banal tedium of his own conventional life.
with questions of time regained, meaning and the infinite."
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