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Journey to boredom...
on 30 November 2013
As an ex-pat with strong Galician connections I was hoping this book would give me some light entertainment. But I forced myself to read it to the end. Someone made a comment on here that Craig was a miserable person. Although the comment was not untrue - you do get the impression that he's impatient, grumpy and arrogant throughout but I do not think this was intentional.
I think its important to mention that many of these positive reviews are quite biased as they are written by people who personally know the couple. My first and main issue was that nowhere in the book was there a description of who Craig and Melanie were? what they looked like, what they wore, their age? I had no idea who to identify with. Craig also made Melanie sound very snappy and unwilling to try anything in its environment (Pulpo for one) and you do get the impression that they are the typical kind of boring, needy ex pats one tries to avoid when living abroad.
The thing that bugged me most of all was that every piece of dialogue, every opening of a new chapter, I hoped would lead to somewhere else and it never did. Too much detail with "opening doors" and "closing doors" and "walking through them into light and airy rooms" which is in itself is fine..if it leads to something. If he had tripped over a brick and into something it might have raised a giggle but simply mentioning that he tripped over a brick and that was it. Pretty uneventful.
The section about loosing all their life savings brought some interest but again this was more one of those quick flash panic moments rather than the synopsis implying a whole chapter of their future is hanging on a thread. Personally I felt that none of the events in the book was hardly Catastrophic, a big disappointment for me I'm sorry to say.
One very important point to mention to the Author is that the "Galician accent" is in fact not an accent but a language in its own right.
I wish the couple the best of luck with their next adventure but I won't be reading about it.