Bending over Backwards by Carlo Pizzati (Book Review #6)


Cover Page of the Paperback Version

Bending over Backwards is a travelogue of the author, Carlo Pizzati, a journalist and an author by profession, about his journey around the globe, to find a cure for a severe backache that has been sapping his energy for over a few decades.

He took medical help in every way possible inclusive of various massages, physiotherapy sessions and Pilates with some lifestyle changes too but to his disappointment, nothing worked until he decided to travel. 

A year-long journey which started in Vicenza, Italy that concluded in India comprises of experimentation with various methods like SCIO (Scientific Consciousness Interface Operation System) contraption, meetings with psychic healers (who can cure pain with their hands and usage of tachyons), numerous yoga practice and meditation sessions and even a gloomy method of practicing exorcism.

Will he find a cure at last after struggling with the excruciating pain for many years? How soon would his backache vanish? Will this journey brings upon changes in his personal life too or is it a simple memoir about a medical excursion? All these questions will be answered as you read along the 216 pages of the book.

The author, Carlo Pizzati has woven the story with manifold psychological, philosophical, technological and spiritual twists. In my opinion, the book is narrated at a snail’s speed with many instances I found to be irrelevant in respect of an expedition to seek a cure for his backache. Also, the chapters in the book don’t seem to be closely held together. I found the last three chapters to be overly stretched with a few grammatical mistakes as well. 

At first, I was excited to receive this travelogue but this one didn’t seem to live up to my expectations. However, the title of the book, Bending over Backwards is what I liked as it appropriately depicts the bending of the author’s way of living in connection with spirituality and technology, taking him on the paths of self-discovery and rebirth. I also fancied that this book is produced from certified FSC paper to ensure responsible forest management.

I would like to give a 3-star rating out of 5 for this book.

You could check out and grab your copy of the book (Paperback and the Kindle version) on Amazon and HarperCollins.

You could also read my review on Goodreads and Amazon.

Please share your thoughts, if any in the comments section below.

Thank you very much for your presence here. 🙂

A lot more thoughts and words are on their way and you shall read them soon.

PS: I would like to thank HarperCollins, India and the team of Blogchatter, especially Prateek Agarwal and Sona Grover respectively for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. It was a dream come true to receive a book from HarperCollins. A big and a cheerful Thank you to all of you! 🙂

5 thoughts on “Bending over Backwards by Carlo Pizzati (Book Review #6)

    1. A lot of newbie readers are out there to whom I would recommend to read this one. 🙂
      Every book has something to tell us even if it moves at a snail’s speed 🙂
      Thank you very much for reading and leaving your valuable feedback up on my blog…
      I hope to see you soon here again!!


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