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The Jolly Pilgrim Paperback – 1 Aug. 2011
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- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1906316856
- ISBN-13 : 978-1906316853
- Product Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : The HotHive; 1st Edition (1 Aug. 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,080,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
- National Geographic Traveller
“A truly inspiring book.”
“A mind-blowing read.”
- Redbrick Travel
“Entertaining and inspiring.”
- James Reed, Chairman, REED
“A next-generation travelogue.”
- The Stag (Surrey University student union)
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Whilst I preferred the pilgrimage reflection more than the musings, it does offer something to appeal to everbody's taste - my husband enjoyed the musings more and that from someone I haven't seen reading a book in over two years!
If you can imagine Alan Partridge and David Brent having a lovechild, who grows up and sets off on a round the world trip in order to ruminate on and record what he perceives to be a fundamentally new and profound take on the meaning of life, then you are some way toward understanding the essence of this tome.
Why do I name Steve Coogan's and Ricky Gervais's comedy creations? Because like the author, they are almost completely devoid of self awareness and self deprecation. They are fascinating because they are so transparently shallow, vain and self absorbed.
This book, for large swathes, read like a spoof autobiography. It took me a while to get acclimatized to it because at first I was waiting for the knowing nods to each blatant namedrop, boast, and piece of pointless bravado. But none came. A complete irony free zone from start to finish. Every male friend the author meets along the way is a high flyer, a tycoon or an artistic genius, every female friend is a smouldering sexpot who is waiting to be bedded. Every acquaintance is a thrill seeking party animal. Yamn.
There are some nice descriptions of people and places, plenty of useful info for the traveler or tourist. The author does include sections relating to the political and social situation in the places he visits, but he rarely does anything more than give us a brief history lesson. Then the cringe factor kicks in again and you just wish you were reading another book by another writer who isnt constantly spewing pretentious twaddle about "the meaning of it all" while being completely in love with themselves at the same time.
I have since found that book and Im happy to have moved onto it.
In short, if you want a vapid, fluffy read which is more concerned with charting the hectic, globe trotting social life of a painfully self absorbed character, this is the book for you. If you want a true description of the excitement and fear that a global solo adventure would surely instill in anyone, go elsewhere.