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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles [Kindle Edition]

Dan Kieran
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Praise for THREE MEN IN A FLOAT (:)

'Brilliant' (Daily Mail)

'Absolutely enchanting and delightfully absurd' (Good Book Guide)

Book Description

A light-hearted look at man's obsession with machines

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; Reprint edition (11 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VBV1MC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #915,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dan Kieran's book is a great new take on a subject area that has been covered many times before. What makes this one special is that he is exploring all these machines with as much ambiguity as he can manage because of his previous ignorance and repression of all things mechanical. This enables him to look at the bigger picture of the subject instead of from the bias of only being interested in one or two types of machine ahead of all the others. As a result he genuinely learns about the vehicles he encounters as he goes along and you can sense his enjoyment of doing so as the book progresses. He studies his material with a childlike curiosity - looking at everying with a juvenile wonder, glee and slight naivety ; coupled with adult wisdom in the form of good critical analysis of the 'hows' and 'whys' of it all. However at times the first-person narration and anecdotal relationships to machines does get a bit long and slows down the narrative. For instance, his lengthy explanation of his fear of aviation and the nuances of what he did for the entire duration of the Britcar 24 hours - it's not completely necessary to go off on a tangent to this extent.

The references used are very good because they contribute just the right amount to proceedings and he uses them to question commonly-accepted ideas or facts. Such as the concept of 'progress' or what the first machine actually was. It was especially interesting to learn of Lewis Mumford and the rational-vs-irrational argument that appears to structure our modern world. Furthermore this provides evidence for his conclusions which would otherwise have run the risk of being too concise and obvious. But he is aware of this and explains himself well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs 20 Sep 2009
Utter drivel. There is very little of interest in Dan Keiran's simpering recollection of frankly dull experiences and the dialogue meanders meaninglessly from one topic to another with no respect for any narrative, or indeed the interest of the reader. Self indulgent tripe that should never have got past the commissioning editor's desk.
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