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If you're planning a trip to Sri Lanka - use another book for research!
on 29 March 2015
I'm at a bit of a loss as to why Ms Briggs did this trip. She doesn't seem to enjoy either the journey or what she finds - in fact I'm not sure she really 'finds' anything original at all. Don't get me wrong, it's packed full of facts - probably too many which detracts from the human contact. I got this as a holiday read while in Sri Lanka, and while I agree her observations were accurate she only seems to see the negative and doesn't take in the glory of the surroundings, the humanity and warmth of the people, the wonderful fresh fish curries, a perfect cup of tea, their obsession with cricket .....etc
I really enjoy travel books, some of my favourite writers are travel writers, but they should always inspire you to want to visit yourself or, at least, to want to know more and truly understand a place. I just don't think this book does that, which is a shame as Sri Lanka is a fabulous place and well worth knowing more about. I appreciate she visited following difficult times (after the civil war and tsunami), and those elements are interesting and wouldn't be observed by most tourists, but I still think she just doesn't deliver the heart of Sri Lanka.