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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously honest--and it's about time, 30 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Up the Amazon Without a Paddle (Paperback)
I've been following Doug's column in my local paper and I was thrilled when this collection came out. I didn't realize how many columns I'd missed and it made me wish I'd started reading Vagabond sooner. I'm so sick of those overly politically correct takes on other countries I find in other books. They either read like ads or a bunch of euphemisms. Say what you really think, people! Doug's humor strikes a perfect balance between poking fun at other countries and poking fun at himself. I can't believe he actually finds jobs in these places! God. I couldn't do it. I guess I kind of travel through Doug. He's the only travel writer I've read, except maybe Dave Barry or P.J. O'Rourke, who isn't afraid to tell it how he really sees it. The adventures themselves are great and all, but I've found that it doesn't matter what he's writing about, his goofy self-effacing style makes any topic interesting. Sorry, I'm rambling. I've never written one of these before, but I just had to send something in. This book is just so different than any other travel book I've read.
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