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- Publisher: Sam Manicom (5 Mar. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004QTORC8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tortillas to Totems (Every day an Adventure Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The first surprise I had was that he can write. I'm not talking about some flowery literary great, but with a literate easy going style that suits the subject matter. It is easy to read and avoids the frustration one gets when reading about an interesting subject but offset by poor grammar or style.
Secondly he is very fair. Now I say this because clearly like many people who want to experience the world in this way tend to fall into the left wing camp view. All poor people from dirt ridden poverty stricken countries are salt of the Earth folk who would give you their last food, whereas anyone from the USA is clearly a capitalist pig, hell bent on ripping the entire world off.
Sam Manicom immediately when he arrived in the USA did just that. The first couple of pages of his trip into the US were the expected put down of the USA. However, Sam Manicom pulled himself up and in his musings explained to himself that he was being closed minded when he complains about that very thing in others. It made for a very refreshing change. He maintains a good neutral view throughout the trip through the USA and his adventures along the way are well explained and disseminated in a affable natured way.
He describes the trip well and finds some wonderful people on the way and certainly the US comes out of this with flying colours. Spectacular scenery is visited and some extraordinarily generous people are encountered along the way.
Overall if you like travel writing then this is a very good example of the genre with of course a couple of motorbikes thrown if for good luck.
As an American, I particularly enjoyed this book, as it gave me chance to see much of my own country (as well as Mexico and Canada) reflected through the eyes of a fellow traveler. In full disclosure, I consider Sam to be a friend of mine (despite the fact that he nearly killed me), as I am the "John" mentioned in his first book, Into Africa, who was involved in the motorcycle accident with him in Tanzania. Our meet up in New York in the last chapter of this book sort of bookends the whole series in a personal way for me - although that certainly won't carry over unless you're reading this and also appear somewhere in one or more of Sam's books.
I was a bit concerned before starting this final book that it would be a bit harder to get into. Part of the appeal of the early books is their setting in foreign and what I consider to be exotic locales. Would a book in which 2/3 of it is set in the developed and westernized world that I am a part of hold my attention beyond Mexico? Would the relative lack of travel experiences with corrupt and shady officials or risky and dangerous situations make for interesting reading?
I'm happy to report that From Tortillas to Totems is very much a fascinating read, but for different reasons than the prior books in the series.Read more ›
For those of you who may think like myself that 'life is not a rehearsal' then this is a book to read and be inspired to travel, whilst you still can.
I will certainly now be buying his previous books.
It almost makes me feel like I am there. When Sam describes the riding conditions, be it rain or shine, I can feel it too. These books are very easy to read and very difficult to put down.
One of my favourite passages from the book was not about bikes, but about the contrast between third and first world countries.
I took the liberty of putting in the relevant passage as a taster, in the hope that demand will lead to more books. a
‘North American supermarkets were a childish adventure for us. We were like kids in a toy store at Christmas. For the last couple of years we’d done most of our shopping in little shops where squadrons of flies practised aerobatics over the one choice of sardine, shampoo, soap, bread and sometimes even goat or sheep cheese. We’d bought our vegetables from little Indian women, choosing from their displays lovingly laid out on blankets on the ground. Great fun, but sometimes we’d dreamt of not having to bargain for everything. It’s a slow process. Now, these dreams were coming true. Ten choices of sardine, fixed price; twenty choices of shampoo, fixed price; but what to choose? And so many different types of bread! The goodies on the salad vegetable bar looked really fresh. We stood admiring them and then were amazed as artificial thunder rolled, lights flashed and artificial rain fell all over the salad from the ‘roof’ of the salad bar! When cool air floated out towards us I suddenly realised that I was standing with my mouth open, again… No blanket on the ground here, that’s for sure…’
Read it and, hopefully, you will be as hooked as I am.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book from Sam Manicom, as are all his books. Well written and informative, thoroughly entertaining, a must read for motorcyclists and anyone who likes to travel.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book, whilst still enjoyable, is not quite so adventurous as the previous books, probably because it is mostly in USA and the opportunity for adventures is less. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. J. Copse
Having really enjoyed the first three courses I looked upon the final plate with some trepidation. I've only spent a month in North America but it was not a place I'd rush back to. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paul C
What a great read, all the adventures of Sam's ride from South America through and up to Northern Canada. Putting the book down was a no no. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael A Gant
I have now read all 4 books and I am left wondering how long I can wait before I have to go myself.
I was lucky enough to meet Sam at a bike show and exchange a few words, I... Read more
This is the 4th and final (for now anyway - He's still alive and riding) book that started with Into Africa about Sam's journey through Africa that turned into a world wide trek. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Roger Spackman
Yet another great book in what is now becoming a great series. Personally I was more interested in this one due to it's geographical nature and, yet again it doesn't disappoint. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mutant V8
I have read all of Sam Manicom's books and they are excellent. The well written descriptions of the people and places often made me feel as if i was actually there. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nigel G.
Researched this book to give my husband for Christmas, very securely packaged and delivered ahead of estimated time which was brilliant. Also bought Distant Suns too.Published 19 months ago by Caroline Patchell