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Tortillas to Totems: Motorcycling Mexico, the USA and Canada. Sidetracked by the Unexpected Paperback – 18 Sep 2010
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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.
Buy it, read it, enjoy it.
You don't need to be a motorcyclist to enjoy Sam's writing, I think you'd enjoy the ride anyway!
Many thanks Sam. Another good one.
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