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on 6 November 2010
Wil writes unapologetically, with candor, insight, veracity and a healthy disdain for convention. The combination of lyrical brilliance and wry, self-effacing humour meant that when I wasn't moved, I was thoroughly amused.

This guy is clearly gifted.
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on 16 August 2011
This book got me excited about travelling again, after a lull and burnout in my early twenties. It completey captures the excitement of crash-landing in a new country, and makes you feel the blend of anticipation and nervousness you get when you strike out on a crazy, alcohol-laden (and occasionally drug-fuelled) adventure. Gritten writes with the free-wheeling poetry of the beats, vividly bringing to life the South American locales he passes through on his journey. He's a likeable autobiographical narrator, but the book isn't just a personal odyssey. It also represents a kind of cultural exchange, and between the wild parties and romancing it reveals the more sordid side of Western tourism. The second half of the book - depicting the author's growing disillusionment with the backpacker's lifestyle - was just as gripping for me, albeit much darker. I've passed my copy on to many friends, so it's getting pretty battered and travel-worn these days - something the writer would probably find appropriate.
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on 21 May 2011
This book was really well written, and takes you into the places the writer has written about. His travels where well described in the book and his experiences where very real and gritty not your typical travelling book definitely worth reading.
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