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- Publisher: DELETED TITLES; Unabridged edition (31 Aug. 2000)
- ISBN-10: 1841971243
- ISBN-13: 978-1841971247
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Frost on My Moustache Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 31 Aug 2000
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"A very funny book that is also first-class travel writing." --"Nina King, The Washington Post Book World"
"Descriptions of humiliation and hardship are what make any piece of travel writing really sing...And no one suffers more that the curmudgeonly, out-of-shape-and-proud-of-it British journalist Tim Moore." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Equal parts Bill Bryson and Evelyn Waugh." --"Christian Science Monitor"
"It takes talent to 'whinge' this entertainingly about the miseries of travel. Moore has what it takes." --"The Seattle Times"
A very funny book that is also first-class travel writing. "Nina King, The Washington Post Book World"
Descriptions of humiliation and hardship are what make any piece of travel writing really sing...And no one suffers more that the curmudgeonly, out-of-shape-and-proud-of-it British journalist Tim Moore. "The New York Times Book Review"
Equal parts Bill Bryson and Evelyn Waugh. "Christian Science Monitor"
It takes talent to 'whinge' this entertainingly about the miseries of travel. Moore has what it takes. "The Seattle Times"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the "The Sunday Times," "The Independent," "The Observer," and "The Evening Standard." He lives in West London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Loved Tim Moore's writing. Will be reading more.
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If you are interested in the North --as in the far north including Iceland and the like-- then this is the way to go.
What does the title mean? I can't ruin it, but it's fantastic. The best ...... of all!
The rest of the book? A classic "made up" travelog in the sense that the author simply creates a journey, goes on it, and writes about it.
With style. And big words/sentences/paragraphs. And laughter. Much laughter.
The title does give a hint of his style: "Exploits of a Lord & Loafer." Accurate.
In the same way that Bill Bryson uses 3 words to conjure up the most vivid picture in my mind, Tim Moore uses complex, nearly poetic language to the same effect -- and the same laugh-out-loud guffaws of pure joy at such fantastic wit.
Cheers to Tim. Next time, I'd just like it if he used shorter sentences to keep my brain from blowing.
All this makes for an interesting premise, especially since the author is well acquainted with Iceland since his wife is Icelandic and he is able to provide some interesting insights and observations about that place. He can't exactly replicate Lord Dufferin's travels though. After all, Tim Moore doesn't have his own ship and is making his pilgrimage alone. And so he books passage on a number of commercial Norwegian vessels to get where he wants to go. Also, instead of transversing Iceland with a team of horses, he opts for a bicycle.
The whole book is intended to be humorous as the self-effacing hero sets out on his travels. Perhaps it is humorous to a British audience. But, as an American, I missed all of the jokes and even though I read some passages several times, I still was not able to understand some of the incidents he described. This surprised me because I have no trouble with Charles Dickens. But his modern-day witticisms were completely lost on me and I soon found myself getting annoyed. Mr. Moore presents himself as an out-of-shape curmudgeon and proud of it. He complains throughout about everything, and mostly about his physical discomfort. The reader is treated to long and detailed descriptions of his constant seasickness as well as every muscle ache. Most of the people he meets are disagreeable, the meals awful and the prices exorbitant. He keeps going though, trying to prove that if Lord Dufferin could do it, Tim Moore could do it too.
Along with way the I did learn a bit of history and geography about this area of the world as well as more than I ever wanted to know about Lord Dufferin. The author also did take me to a part of the Arctic I know little about, although he made it seem so bleak and cold and inhospitable that I have little interest in ever going there myself. It's too bad I didn't understand his humor because it might have brightened the bleak landscape he painted. Not recommended, especially for American readers.
Moore is very colloquially British - he uses lots of pop culture references that will not be obvious to most Americans (or Europeans or Australians or...). He's also very much like a certain kind of aging college student: perpetually intoxicated, foul-mouthed, inclined to rant and whine. But despite it all, he's lots of fun, and while you might not like him, you'll love reading about his travels.
The word that most often gets used in Tim Moore book reviews is "Bryson." The comparisons between Tim Moore and Bill Bryson are apparently unavoidable. And, to a certain extent, they hold true: both writers are very funny, both are extremely tightfisted, both spend an awful lot of time complaining. But Moore is not Bryson. At most, he could be described as an embryo Bryson - he hasn't yet learned the secrets of a wide appeal, a cultivated air, or a dignified approach to life. Moore curses, he wails, he throws regular temper tantrums, he's sulky and lazy and fixated. And he eats a lot of hot dogs. Don't expect thoughtful cultural exposition, insightful observations, or descriptions of the local cuisine from him.
But I promise you: if you pick up Frost on My Moustache, you will experience frequent bouts of all-out hysteria. This book is well worth buying and reading, not once, but again and again.