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Hardly Paradise: Anti-Postcards From A Grumpy Traveller (English Edition) di [Whitley, David]
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A collection of the best travel writing from National Geographic Traveller columnist and GrumpyTraveller.com author David Whitley. Featuring 70 carefully selected stories from David's career as a travel writer, the tales stretch from New York to New Zealand, and Paris to Palau.

Designed as a selection of short stories to dip in and out of, Hardly Paradise ditches the glossy sheen of the travel brochures. Sometimes funny, sometimes bleak and sometimes downright intriguing, this is a collection of personal experiences, bizarre oddities and fascinating human dramas picked up in unlikely corners of the world.

It swings from watching a car crash unfold at a Las Vegas roulette table to humiliation in an Italian spa. Tales of ineptitude include falling out a canoe into an alligator-infested river, being taken in by a Malaysian conman and getting locked into a wildlife refuge.

Not all of the stories are David's, however. There are global tales of heartbreak and loss collected by a Croatian couple whose relationship had run its course; there's the erotic art obsession of a septuagenarian grandmother; there's the case of a Pacific Islander who has had to find work because his wife has embraced capitalism.

The mood swings from joyous geriatric karaoke to seedy Thai romance; from signs of hope in a land devastated by a volcano to hotels that just want to annoy their guests.

These anti-postcards come from five continents - from Singapore to Sydney, Lesotho to Las Vegas, Berlin to Brooklyn and Vancouver to the Vatican. They rarely wish you were here, but they do shine a light on what you might be missing. You'll laugh, you'll fight back tears, you'll find yourself saying: "I never knew that". And you'll never trust a monkey again...

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5.0 su 5 stelle The strangest travel book ever written 26 giugno 2014
Di Whistlers Mom - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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The author is a UK based travel writer with "mildly sociopathic tendencies." As everyone knows, travelling is an exciting, enriching experience which leaves you with wonderful memories if you don't die from a rage-induced coronary brought on by inane fellow travelers, bizarre airline restrictions, and your own inability to read a map or follow the simplest directions. Yes, if you have any mental health issues at all, travelling will bring them front and center.

Some of his essays tell of problems and irritations common to all travelers: the tour members who cause delays at every stop, the chic, high-tech motel room where nothing works and the chairs are uncomfortable, the long-awaited relaxing afternoon by the pool spoiled by the constant trips to your room to get all the crap you keep forgetting you need. All easily recognizable situations by anyone who has ever been foolish enough to leave the comforts of home.

Others are more unusual. The ride with the Albanian taxi driver who has no seat belts and a unique "Look, Ma! No Hands!" driving style. The Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas, where garish goes to die. The visit to the Rock of Gibraltar, where one of the famous Barbary Macaques makes off with his camera. The stunning Canadian fjords, where he learns the difference between a canoe and a kayak and that he can fall out of either one.

This author is a good writer and a very funny guy. It's a strange assortment, but it's all worth while.
3.0 su 5 stelle Easy reading 27 luglio 2014
Di R. Barrington - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Funny at times, sort of boring at other times. I enjoyed many of the short stories in this book. But every third or fourth story was not very interesting to me.
5.0 su 5 stelle Brilliantly Varied Collection of Travel Writing 30 agosto 2012
Di Mike Gerrard - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Disclaimer: I'm also a travel writer and I know David Whitley, although we've only met once. I will still give an unbiased opinion, however.

I bought this book because I've read some of David's pieces online and enjoyed them, and wanted to read some more. I ought to hate the book as I'm dead jealous of how good a writer he is. The pieces I've read already have been mostly grumpy moans about predicaments he gets himself into (which is why I laughed at another reviewer comparing him to Mr Bean) but thankfully he manages to make these funny. He also reminds me of Basil Fawlty, beating his car with the branch of a tree and cursing it.

But what really impressed me about this collection of travel pieces is the versatility of David's writing. I didn't expect to find very moving pieces about such varied subjects as the Gettysburg Address and an old folk's karaoke night in Florida. They're the type of topics many younger travel writers would sneer at, to show how cool they are, but not David. He takes them for what they are, tries to understand them, is moved by them, and writes about them lyrically.

One piece about a woman gambling in Las Vegas is a brilliant character observation of a pretty unsympathetic character. But Davis is riveted, notes down every detail, and the piece manages to be funny, sad, cringe-making and dramatic, all in a few hundred words.

I also didn't expect to find the well-known Grumpy Traveller writing in such a detailed and interested manner about wildlife, like when he goes kayaking in Puerto Rico and clearly finds the experience magical.

I admit I'm only halfway through the book so it could go downhill from now on, but I doubt it. I actually don't read much travel journalism these days, even though I am a travel writer. So much of it is so trite, and the pages are full of celebrities taking their kids to the Caribbean (and, I know, often having someone else write the article for them), or the bargains of the week, or the ten best hotels in New York. It's a testimony to this book that I have read every word of every piece, even the handful I've read already, and not skipped a one of them. They grab you with their openings, and don't let you go till you get to the end.
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