- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Summersdale Publishers (5. Juli 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1849530637
- ISBN-13: 978-1849530637
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2 x 19,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 215.261 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Gringo Trail (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Juli 2010
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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
Sad, funny, 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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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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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....
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.
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.