- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review; First Edition edition (1 Feb. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074726676X
- ISBN-13: 978-0747266761
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's New Year's Day and the year isn't kicking off well for Tansy: her mother's dead, she's a cocaine addict and her boyfriend has just left her. A trip around the world seems like the only option except that she's not interested in seeing the world, just escaping from it, and the last people she wants to hang out with are backpackers.
Like a lot of travellers on the Lonely-Planet-led Asian Grand Tour, Tansy is intensely irritating at first. Always on the look out for the "real" Vietnam--the one in which she can walk around "like a model, fanning myself gently, strolling into ancient temples and learning about inner peace"--she is opinionated, narrow-minded and remarkably naive (for a supposed media luvvy). Once she has shrugged off her addiction to lines of coke, skinny lattes and Nicole Fahri jumpers, she becomes more appealing. So by the time she's fallen for Max, a fellow traveller, she'll have won you over and you'll be just as worried as she is about the serial killer who appears to be on her trail.
Emily Barr is a former Westminster researcher who now writes for the Guardian and the Observer. Backpack is her first novel and, like Tansy, takes a while to find itself. City-girl pretensions jostle with shoestring-style travelogue and it is only when it hits full-throttle thriller mode that Barr's strength as a novelist becomes apparent. Be prepared for echoes of The Beach--hardly surprising given that Barr was an extra in the film. Also be prepared to get itchy feet--if nothing else, you'll be tempted to reach for that backpack and slap on the insect repellent.--Jane Honey
'Barr's debut comes as a blast of fresh air' Sunday Express -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product description
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"Backpack" will make you question your own notions of tourism and colonialism. Did you know, for example, that Laos got bombed by the Americans every eight minutes every day for nine years?
Fantastically written, there are many observations that ring true to anyone who's ever been globetrotting - and many of Tansy's cynical comments regarding the institution of "backpacking" had me laughing out loud!
Add a chilling thriller into the equation and you've got one mindblowing read. And what a wicked twist!
The characters are realistic, they're interesting and there is an aray of personalities. It's very insightful to a living with an Alcoholic. This to be a very good and authentic description of what it's like having/living with a dysfunctional mother without getting too heavy about it. I guess some people will understand this aspect, if they don't it may be a little lost/weird for them.
The book reads very authentically and is very believable and you can really get into it (if you can bare with the jittery writing style!).
Love the characters. Love the description of emotions. Love the setting. The very articulate thoughts and descriptions. It's not only about romantic relationships, it's about 'travelling', about globalisation, culture, attitudes, family relations. It intelligently covers many topics, if only briefly on some.
Good fun read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I took an instant dislike to the main character but as she mellows so do your feelings towards her (I imagine this is what the author wants). Read morePublished 24 months ago by Richard G
Understand it is very good but bought as a present, so unable to personalise this reviewPublished on 9 May 2015 by R. A. Heaps
Great read, didn't want to put the book down.Published on 15 April 2015 by Victoria Jennings (Patching)
I couldn't stop reading this in the end!! Real page turner towards the end of the book. Recommended read for anybodyPublished on 31 Jan. 2015 by Ms. A. J. Gore
Tansy Harris is rapidly sliding into an abyss of drink, drugs and general misery. When her alcoholic mother dies - just before Tansy's long-lost illegitimate half-brother turns up... Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2015 by Kate Hopkins
Great characters. Well researched travel info. Very good story. Really pleased there is a sequel which have just started and it looks to be equally goodPublished on 22 April 2014 by FG
I started my Emily Barr journey with a more recent book, so have started again from the beginning! Highly recommendedPublished on 4 April 2014 by freddie