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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town&hellip by Paul Theroux
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There is much that makes this book readable: his descriptions of places and the journey are full of colour and interest. But it is unfortunately overshadowed by the author's own insufferable smugness. Not content with writing an entertaining book, he seems to have a further agenda, which seems to be to underline his own moral superiority. For instance, at one point he criticises a charity which seeks to wean women off prostitution, saying that they are merely taking what is an "economically logical" decision. Although of course (according to his narrative) he is himself too virtuous to be lured into vice by such women. Or nowadays at any rate, since he lets slip elsewhere to a place where… Read more
Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe by Nicholas Crane
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Although this book starts off quite slowly, it gathers momentum as he encounters different places and people, and treats them with a mixture of skilful description and humour. This is about a really epic journey, parts of which I now feel inspired to follow, although I don't think I am mad (or dedicated) enough to want to do it all at once: the man must be barmy (especially so soon after his marriage)!The reader (this one at any rate) comes close to feeling the high and low points of the journey, from the superb views and objectives reached, to the terrible discomfort and inconvenience along the way. I suspect he downplays his knowledge of foreign languages, he mentions a Spanish dictionary… Read more
The World at Night by Alan Furst
The World at Night by Alan Furst
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The atmosphere and description of this (as all the other Furst novels I have read so far) is very strong and authentic, so that the reader is catapulted right into the heart of the scene. Having said that, in my view the plot is weak, and there seems to be very little rhyme or reason behind what takes place. Even Casson's relationship with Citrine, which seems to provide his main motivation, is not clearly explained: it did not work in the past, yet now it somehow springs into life. Similarly, his decision to aid the resistance is not satisfactorily explained, and I was left confused as the story unfolded. The last scene gave me the distinct impression that the author had run out of things… Read more

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