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Not a gentle stroll, 9 May 2011
The risks ramblers usually face are nettle rash and a cold Thermos, but Mark Thomas is famous for taking everything that little bit further. He sees squaring up to the Israeli military, walking through a tunnel of human faeces and getting stoned by angry youths as all in a day's stroll. I'd rather him than me and that's why I like this book.
With most travel books, I just end up envious that the author got to go there or irritated that they write so boringly about somewhere so fascinating. That is not the risk with this one. It is a blessed relief to find out what it is like to walk the Israeli-Palestine separation barrier without actually doing it.
And while being informative and (believe it or not) fun to read, in Extreme Rambling, Thomas reveals the humanity of the people he meets, every one of whose life and suffering are so very far from ordinary.