- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: The Excursionist; 1 edition (17 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 191119528X
- ISBN-13: 978-1911195283
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Excursionist Paperback – 17 May 2017
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‘A satirical and darkly comic story that addresses some big questions in life and may well inspire people to jump on a plane and jet off somewhere new.’
‘The Excursionist fronts up as a satire on travel but it is also a thoughtful exploration of loneliness, and the things we do and tell ourselves in order to feel less lonely.’
Douglas Cowie, author of Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago
‘J. D. Sumner lampoons the inanity and idiocy of men and women with money who travel the modern world for their own peculiar reasons. This is proper Swiftian satire.’
Carlo Gébler, author of The Wing Orderly’s Tales
‘In this very funny first novel, J. D. Sumner satirises contemporary tourism. However, amid the laugh-out-loud humour at the expense of travel, a darker thread emerges as we gradually discover what Kaganah is escaping from and how it impacts upon his engagement with the world.’
Robert Hampson, Professor of Modern Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London
About the Author
J. D. Sumner has visited over 130 countries and suffers from Dromomania i.e. the compulsion to travel. J. D. Sumner graduated from The Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin, has a PhD in Satirical Travel Writing from Royal Holloway College, University of London and now lives in Buckinghamshire, England. J. D. Sumner writes for people who have a sense of humour and those who don’t.
Top Customer Reviews
We travel to some amazing places, meet some very weird people, and get to know and disrespect our unsuitable guide. And as we film it in our imagination, the visuals are awesome.
And still more. As the parody heaps, the pathos seeps in through the cracks. As I travelled with our 'hero' in his 98th, 99th, and 100th countries, and as the mystery of his former partner unfolds, there are some passages of beauty, all the more so in contrast to the parody.
This is a very fine book, not only for fans of travel, satire and travel satire, but also for those that want something to read on the train, by the pool and in the bath.
Does Jack Kaganagh travel on to his 101st, 102nd and 103rd countries ? May I go with him again ? It's fun !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had me both laughing out loud and asking myself some big philosophical questions within the same page. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! The Excursionist is a very funny and engaging novel, full of amusing characters and observations on life that most people, certainly anyone who... Read morePublished 7 days ago by AAB
This is book full of many comical situations. It was not what I expected from the pre blurb though. However anyone who has travelled abroad can relate to many of the situations... Read morePublished 8 days ago by craftylady
I hope as I'm writing this, JD Sumner is writing his/her next novel.
Funniest thing I've read in ages!
A sad tale of a self-conscious man who is too analytical to be able to relax or truly enjoy life. His travels are a mixture of tourist and observer of people in almost-real... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Lytton Grey