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Subtle blend of travelogue and political observations,
This review is from: The Fruit Palace (Paperback)
The Fruit Palace is unusual in travel book terms as it is written by someone who can actually write in an engaging style.
I have read fewer novels with a better opening - a sting in a bar that sets the tone for the atmosphere in Columbia for a westerner.
Nicholls combines adventurism with a poetic appreciation of the people, their culture and country. His trail has a sense of doom about it - Columbia seems to have a lot of characters pursuing ever diminishing circles of lives. Yet one is left with an overall sense of beauty and the unexpected which only such a level headed observer such as Nicholl could give the reader.
Enough to make you want to go.