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The Rough Guide to South America On a Budget
The Rough Guide to South America On a Budget
by Rough Guides
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sack the Editor, 17 July 2011
Being the editor at rough guide seems like a pretty cushy number. It looks like they have taken all the stuff the authors have given them and stuck it together without bothering to format it so it follows the same style for all countries. Each time we crossed a border it was like opening a different book as not all the sections were edited in the same way or sometime sections just didn't exist for some countries. In general the information is in there (somewhere) but if you are like me and like things to follow some sort of order this book will drive you mad. At least you can be thankful that none of the countries were written about by the author of the Sri Lanka guide who is unable to say anything in a concise manner as this guide book would be the size of an unabridged Oxford English Dictionary because the editors seem unable to remove waffle or repetition either!

The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka
The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka
by Gavin Thomas
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Waffle and lots of it, 17 July 2011
My boyfriend and I used this book while we were travelling this year (2011) because had heard that it's sections on the North of the country were more up to date than those in the Lonely Planet guide. Unfortunately the book is about 50% larger than it needs to be as the author repeats information multiple times in different sections of the book. The author also write in a very long winded and flowery style which may be great if you are reading a novel completely engulfs the main facts you are trying to find. In short the authors likes to use three long words where one short one will do. We compared our guide with some one else's Lonely planet and found the section on the 'temple of the tooth' to be 5 pages in ours compared to 1 page in theirs which still managed to include the main facts. The information when you find it is fairly accurate but I wouldn't recommend this book if you don't like wading through lots of information, you are travelling to lots of other places and need to save weight, English is not your first language or you are dyslexic (my boyfriend had to get a pen and highlight the useful bits in the end to cope with it).

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