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Let's Get Lost

Nelson, Craig

Verlag: Headline Book Publishing, Limited, London, 2000
ISBN 10: 0747274665 / ISBN 13: 9780747274667
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Titel: Let's Get Lost

Verlag: Headline Book Publishing, Limited, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: paperback

Zustand: Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No dust jacket

Art des Buches: Used

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Tiny crease to corner of back cover. Craig Nelson has walked along the Great Wall in China and taught cannibals to dance in New Guinea. He has visited countries from the Amazon to the Yucatan Peninsula and plans on visiting Zanzibar if only to round out the alphabet. This book recalls some of his many adventures. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 012254

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Inhaltsangabe: Craig Nelson has walked along the Great Wall in China and taught cannibals to dance in New Guinea. He has visited countries from the Amazon to the Yucatan Peninsula and plans on visiting Zanzibar if only to round out the alphabet. This book recalls some of his many adventures.

Rezension: I'd like to travel with Craig Nelson--but that would be a shame, since he is at his best when knocking about alone, enduring bad beds, bugs and bureaucrats, feeding his travel fix. In Let's Get Lost, that means meeting "people living on the other side of nowhere" who want nothing to do with the 20th or even the 11th or fifth centuries. "I like to go look at them" is his motto. While the book begins with the least engaging essay, on China, read on to his escapades in Egypt, South America, India and Indonesia. He even finds humour in places he doesn't go: "I wouldn't get to see the Asmat, those extraordinary sculpture cannibals of the New Guinea swamps, who ate Michael Rockefeller." Sidestepping the worship-or-trash the natives genres, Nelson actually seems to like the people and places most of us will never see. He easily weaves in threads of past trips to reveal clever, if unusual, connections: the preponderance of cow worship in Third World cultures, for example. His writing is sharpest when he's on his own and least successful when recounting his travel with groups: The essay via a state-sponsored bus tour of China is pub banter, clever but tiring. He is otherwise generous with humour and spare with the superlatives, so when he got to the Baliem Valley in New Guinea and said the place was "knock-you- out beautiful", I believed him. In the world of travel narrative, that's no small feat. -- Kathleen Buckley

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