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Gringo Trail [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Mark Mann
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5. Juli 2010
'...there I was in the middle of Bogota, coked up to my eyeballs, in a hallway holding two machetes, while some drunk Colombians argued about whether or not to blow up a bar with a live hand grenade...' Asia has the hippie trail. South America has the gringo trail. Mark Mann and his girlfriend Melissa set off to explore the ancient monuments, mountains and rainforests of South America. But for their friend Mark, South America meant only one thing: drugs. Sad, funny and shocking, "The Gringo Trail" is an On the Road for the Lonely Planet generation - a darkly comic road-trip and a revealing journey through South America's turbulent history. Drama and discovery. Culture and cocaine. Fact is stranger than fiction...

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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Summersdale Publishers (5. Juli 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1849530637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849530637
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 19,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 122.916 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'The expected litany of amazing experiences and 'wow moments' feature regularly... inspiring ideas for anyone planning a backpacking trip.' Real Travel


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At first I was turned off by all the attention given to drugs,since I don't take them and don't give a ( )about the clandestine"drug culture." Having said that, the writer does a great job of describing the cool, exotic, far out and randomness one experiences travelling to far flung cultures (For the politically correct: this is a common western perspective when visiting many, but not all, South American countries. Especially true for the backpacking, alternative lifestyle seeking, lonely planet generation.)
Mark does a great job of character development as well as describing exotica. He also gives great background on the 3 main characters, how screwed up their dreary London life was, and what motivated them to travel (something more hardworking, insular yuppie types should consider...)
Many travel books are ( ); amaturish, self absorbed drivel. But this story kicks ( )! Read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Recommended reading 26. Februar 2000
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(From Journal): One of the best books of the year, The Gringo Trail is a riotous mix of humor and scandal. It documents the travels of three Brits who go to South America for different reasons, though drug taking takes center stage. This is quite an unusual book, and it introduces me to Summersdale Publishing, "publishing the grooviest books on the planet." The Gringo Trail confirms that description. Keep an eye on this author! Besides this book, he spends his time with Tourism Concern, a prestigious UK group dedicated to improving tourism. I look forward to reading more of his work.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Travel noir at its best 13. Januar 2000
Recommended to me by a couple of back-packers from the UK. Enjoyed it so much I bought five copies for friends. If you've travelled and still not found - then you'll love this book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen ...or, "what I did on my summer vacation" 3. Februar 2003
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This author writes "By 1492, after trying for 800 years, Ferdinand and Isabella had finally expelled the Moors from Spain." Wow. That and the reference to Japanese "Banzai trees" marks this book as not so much poorly written as poorly edited. No surprise that when I went back to look at the gushing blurb on the cover, I found it was quoted from a soft-porn lad-mag.
This book is candy. It might be interesting to people who have never done this sort of travel, and who are fascinated by the idea of giving it a try. But for the tens of millions of us who having done it for ourselves, the journey this book describes is very ordinary. Here is yet another little band of angry, self-righteous British slackers, who escape work by puking and quarrelling their way across the 3rd world.
And this book is nothing more than the diary of the trip. Episode after episode, one wonders, "what was the point of that little story?" The author at one point ponders splitting off from his two companions, but it is clear why he doesn't: most of this book is about his interactions with them. Without someone to spat with, he would have little to fill the pages.
To give his work gravitas, he follows the formula of interleaving his personal narrative with leftish social-historical-political commentary. He even includes a bibliography of all of 20 books! It is just added gloss on the basic pretension that this trip is some sort of spiritual pilgrimage, an anthropological exploration into recondite psychedelic shamanic practices. He is flattering himself. He and his friends are just a slightly more educated breed of yobs, going where others have gone before.
He could aspire to be a chronicler, at least, of the yob backpacking scene. In a sense, he is. Realising that all the above still doesn't amount to an interesting story, he continues his wanderings until all the risk-taking behavior (dangerous buses, big doses, getting drunk with strangers, etc. etc.) leads to the predictable tears. A tragedy provides the book's climax--and an opportunity to quote Pink Floyd lyrics. In the final paragraph we see him setting off for yet another dangerous country with his remaining companion. Perhaps he will publish a sequel...if only he can manage to kill off just one more traveling companion....
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2.0 von 5 Sternen The Gringo trail just didn't hit the mark, man 12. Mai 2003
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I must admit I had to read this in one sitting. Not for the fact that I liked it, but unfortunetly I have a habit of once starting a book, no matter how bad, I have to finish it. And I needed to finish this one pretty quickly. I did like Marks love of the continent, but that wasn't enough to keep the story together. It was almost like reading my sisters diary when a child, but without the secrets, gossip and intrigue. And that's all this was - a diary, speckled with historical snip bits. The trouble with diaries that are published as stories is they lack the beginning, middle and end needed to satisfy the reader. To be fair, I could have forgiven him for missing the first two out. The Gringo Trail is a collection of experiences that fail to deliver on their promises of excitement and discovery, and makes you end up wishing Mark had made it up instead. Which I'm sure he is very capable of doing. Some true stories are well worth telling, and this is one of them... but more in the pub than published sense.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Gringo Trail 2. Oktober 2002
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DJ Wheeler needs to get a life (see review below), girlfriend or both.
The Gringo Trail is one of the most interesting books I've read in ages. OK, so some of the jokes are a bit corny but it livens up the (interesting) background info on the Andean countries Mann and his travelling companions visit.
I couldn't put it down and friends who've read it agree that this book has really captured the spirit of backpacking, more so than The Beach.
I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of visiting South America. And, like me, if you've been to some of the places Mann mentions, you will really be able to relate to what he has written.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen This is probably the worst book I have ever read. 1. Juli 2001
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I don't often read a book that I think is really bad. I feel a bit disrespectful to the author's late friend who this book is a kind of tribute too, but it is really laughable. Unsophisticated jokes ("I tried to take a picture of Melissa holding a can of "Bimbo" / "what are you trying to imply?" she asked?" - how old is this man?), a lot of unnecessary drug references, and cringy lines like Melissa's "the sea looks quiet after a kill",...
This is such a shame as the book contains many very interesting bits of factual and historical information about South America. It might be worth reading for this if you have any interest in the continent. You can save yourself a lot of pain by just reading the bits in italics.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Obviously divides opinion - but I loved it! 10. Juli 2003
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Judging by the other reviews, this is a book you either love or hate. Well, I loved it! For me, this book captured the feeling of backpacking better than any I've read (far better than The Beach, for sure), and the evocative descriptions of the places on the Andean 'gringo trail' are spot on. It's also funny, and the story of the three main characters is far more than just 'a diary' of their trip, as it moves subtly towards the book's climactic episode. In short, backpackers and would-be backpackers should definitely read this book - especially if you've been to, or have any interest in visiting, South America.
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