The Backpacker Paperback – 3 Aug 2009
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'Read this, you will not regret it... like The Beach but this one is true' --Fresh Direction
'Complete escapism... with a gripping plot' --M2 Best Books
`classic backpacker accessory... Hunter S. Thompson style... This read encompasses everything... integrate your brain with this one.'
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And I'd warn any female reader that you'll feel like slapping the lot of them. If they were even worth that much of your attention: They uniformly treat women like objects - more or less disposable, more or less interchangeable. I'm currently at a rather sickening bit where they gad about a brothel of underage hookers. Oh yes, as you do... that's FUN right?
Suspect this is a boys' novel (and I do use the word boy, not man, deliberately). But personally boys, I'd advise you not to waste your money: This is overlong, badly written, populated by paper-thin characters and expounds frankly rather objectionable views on local people and women.
(ps You may ask why I kept reading - well I didn't really - I had it on audiobook and was on a very long car journey... even then I thought silence might be less dull than keeping on listening!)
However, this book is simply written - the plot is linear and the language basic (and crude) and many of the events leave you somewhat pondering over its distance from the actual events Harris experienced.
A good book for a rainy day, or when your under the weather.
The quotes on the front and back cover ('Fresh Direction' and 'M2 Best Books') should be a warning that this book is lacking in acclaim from respected critics. The fact is that John Harris is no Alex Garland and the Backpacker is no where near the same class as The Beach. If all - or even most - of what happens in the book is true, then it is certainly a fascinating tale, however the quality of writing and many flaws can't be ignored.
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Great book, hooked from the start, very exciting. A brilliant readPublished 9 months ago by Claire Staplehurst
A pretty good hoiliday adventure read. Put me right off travelling to the Far East though!Published 11 months ago by Zeroidking
Great book. If you like travelling you will like this book.
You might not go travelling every again admittedly!!
A lot of the bad reviews on here I feel are unwarranted. The book is a good book, not the best book I've ever read but well worth a read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gareth
Great insight into one man's travel experience. All young people thinking of travelling Eastern Asia should read this true story first. Then be prepared.Published 15 months ago by lesley