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Different, but the hellraiser act gets boring
on 24 November 2008
To be fair a different take on a RTW travel journal but the writing and attempts at ladish humour let the book down terribly. Finishing what feels like every other paragraph with the tagline `......I was so drunk', `...in the dark...drunk' `.....did I mention how drunk I was?' might appeal to teenagers still stuck in a world where how much you can down equates heroism but to anyone with half a brain and 25 or more years behind them it becomes tiresome. The writing itself shows little professionalism considering the guy is a journo and lacks flow and detail, I regularly had to go back and re-read large parts as I was lost on some tangent - see the beginning of chapter 7 for an example of this. No doubt Walsh fans take this to be part of the charm of his writing style, for me it just showed how much I'd been spoilt by reading the likes of Ted Simon and Lois Pryce first.
I gave up half way through (something I don't do lightly with books) as I started to really dislike the guy, his 20 year old school yard jokes and the non-stop effort to convince me of what an out and out bloke he is with his beer/fag consumption and the transparently false nonchalant attitude. With books like this you need to form a sympathetic link to the protagonist, if you lose this it's hard to rekindle with Dan Walsh I never developed one.