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A not so great travel book,
This review is from: Frost On My Moustache: The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer (Paperback)
Ok first off. I love travel books. Its practically the only type of book I read...
I have read the likes of Danny Wallace, Dave Gorman, Peter Moore, Bill Bryson and the like.
I thought I would love this book due to good reviews from both Amazon reviewers and the quotes from the back of the book.
I like the concept of this book. After all, no-one does better "pointless" travel books than Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace. However, this book is just SO tedious.
For the first 20 pages or so, I had no idea what was going on. He doesnt even explain the purpose of the book. He doesnt tell the reader where he is, why he is there and what the people he meets have to actually DO with the plot of the book.
Then when the adventure finally gets on its way, he complains for about 10 pages of his suffering of sea-sickness. After 2 pages it gets fairly samey.... Ok you are sea-sick... I GET IT!
There are a few Smiley-worthy moments on the boat. But nothing to laugh out loud to.
He finally gets to Iceland and this is when I thought we'd get down to some serious travel writing. Luckily, the thick, un-necessarily long describing words that he uses in the first couple of chapters have stopped appearing, but still his writing style lacks... anything interesting. They come across some good moments when they meet interesting people, but what could have been some funny moments gets quickly moved on to the next part of the adventure.
This is definatly not one of those books where you feel like you're travelling along with him. Nor is it an interesting read that tells his adventure particularly well. If this book was the only good thing to come of his adventure, he needn't have bothered.
He makes this book far too difficult to enjoy. I have made it to about page 130 and just given up. Luckily I purchased The Full Montezuma by Peter Moore earlier today so will be reading that instead.
I will not be picking up another Tim Moore book.