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The Backpacker [Kindle Edition]

John Harris
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Product Description


'Read this, you will not regret it... like The Beach but this one is true' --Fresh Direction

'Complete escapism... with a gripping plot' --M2 Best Books


`classic backpacker accessory... Hunter S. Thompson style... This read encompasses everything... integrate your brain with this one.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd (5 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting tale... 17 Sept. 2003
By Rachel
The Backpacker is an interesting read, and the twisting tale takes you through some of the most interesting places and situations. Visiting India, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia amongst others, the descriptions of these beautiful countries are enough to get you jumping onto the soonest plane.
However, this book is simply written - the plot is linear and the language basic (and crude) and many of the events leave you somewhat pondering over its distance from the actual events Harris experienced.
A good book for a rainy day, or when your under the weather.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An average read... 19 Dec. 2011
Not particularly well-written, quite disjointed,and with so many 'adventures' attributed to the writer I was left with a yawning credibility-gap. Nevertheless, if you want an undemanding tale of the rather embellished experiences of someone travelling in the Far East etc., I guess it just about does the job. I managed to finish it, anyway, but its no 'The Beach'...
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I did read half of this in the mistaken belief that it was fiction... and thought it was mighty boring and that the novelist had created three singularly dull and unattractive protagonists in his rudderless, pointless young men. Now I realise it's non-fiction (I'm heading towards the end) I'm finding it marginally more interesting but it's hard to care about any of the men who are uniformly free-loading, lazy, and appear to have no desires beyond the next shag or booze/pill binge.

And I'd warn any female reader that you'll feel like slapping the lot of them. If they were even worth that much of your attention: They uniformly treat women like objects - more or less disposable, more or less interchangeable. I'm currently at a rather sickening bit where they gad about a brothel of underage hookers. Oh yes, as you do... that's FUN right?

Suspect this is a boys' novel (and I do use the word boy, not man, deliberately). But personally boys, I'd advise you not to waste your money: This is overlong, badly written, populated by paper-thin characters and expounds frankly rather objectionable views on local people and women.

(ps You may ask why I kept reading - well I didn't really - I had it on audiobook and was on a very long car journey... even then I thought silence might be less dull than keeping on listening!)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Rich
Having lived in Asia during roughly the same period of time as the story was set,I was gripped by this book. Read it in a day and a half. Whilst I feel that there may be a certain amount of 'embellishment' within the book. I don't think that it actually detracts fom the entertainment it provides. The author has the ability to take you to the scene of the action and actually experience the miasma of emotions that Asia subjects you to. However, It did leave me hankering for an epilogue though. John if you're out there, give us an update !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun turned sour 10 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What started out as a fun holiday soon descends into something far more serious,a good read at a good pace.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Day Dreamer 23 Feb. 2012
I have read many travel books but this has to be the most truly unbelievable and made up story I have ever wasted my time (and money) reading. The author is either very selfish or he is a bad story teller ie the way he treats his girlfriend and many other cases but the most serious being not mentioning he did not notify the emergency services about his friend missing at sea after he foung help.

This book is a complete waste of time
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating tale - but poorly written 20 Mar. 2011
Thinking back to when I first read The Beach and how much I enjoyed it, and having traveled to most places covered in the Backpacker, I looked forward to reading this book. However, overall the Backpacker disappoints. While the tale itself is an exiting story, it is badly written and skims over detail just when you want to know more, while the main character is very unlikable. He comes across as selfish, judgmental and dismissive of many of places he travels too. Given that the book is apparently auto-biographic (at least to some extent), I imagine these undesirable attitudes are reflective of the author.

The quotes on the front and back cover ('Fresh Direction' and 'M2 Best Books') should be a warning that this book is lacking in acclaim from respected critics. The fact is that John Harris is no Alex Garland and the Backpacker is no where near the same class as The Beach. If all - or even most - of what happens in the book is true, then it is certainly a fascinating tale, however the quality of writing and many flaws can't be ignored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great book with a very poor end 22 April 2014
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This book was fast paced and a very easy read. My only complait is that the story starts at the end and then does not in any way link back to this at the conclusion of the book. So i was left dissappointed that the start adn the end did not tie up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy or want to travel, this book is the perfect kickstarter!
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