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19 Stories from Up the Amazon Without a Paddle: A Humorist's Offbeat Adventures Around the World (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Oktober 1999


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  • Taschenbuch: 296 Seiten
  • Verlag: Meadowbrook Press,U.S. (25. Oktober 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0881663344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881663341
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20 x 14,8 x 2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (26 Kundenrezensionen)

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The author offers a collection of sixty tales detailing his various adventures, including his experiences blowgun hunting in the Amazon, dealing with hippos, and journeying on the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

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Up the Amazon Without a Paddle
Doug Lansky, a nationally syndicated travel columnist and frequent contributor to NPR's "Savvy Traveler," searches the planet for adventures and reports them with a wry wit. CNN has described him as "having the world's most interesting job." Read about Lansky's experiences fending off hippos with a canoe paddle on the Zambezi River; riding an ostrich in South Africa; and playing ice golf in Finland.

Lansky was born on the third-world island of Manhattan, grew up in Minnesota, graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in a subject he can no longer recall, and has since been living out of his backpack for seven years. His humourous adventures are featured in his syndicated column, "Vagabond," which reaches over 10 million readers in newspapers throughout North America -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Von Ein Kunde am 25. Mai 1999
Format: Taschenbuch
Doug Lansky is a syndicated columnist whose travel columns are published in a handful of newspapers around the country. I have caught a few of his columns in my local paper and thought that I'd check out this book. Unfortunately, his writing really disappointed me.
'Up the Amazon' is a collection of some 60 plus of Doug Lansky's travel columns. Lansky's particular hook on travel writing is that he travels the world looking for humorous adventures off the beaten track that most tourists travel. This setup has a lot of potential; after all, what traveler hasn't experienced his or her share of funny mixed up stuff while 'on the road.'
The problem is that Lansky's book fails to live up to its 'off the beaten path' billing. First off, I realized that I had read different accounts of the places and events Lansky describes in his books in the work of other travel writers. Perhaps Lansky discovers the out-of-the-way places he visits by reading what others have written first. For novice travelers and readers, this isn't a problem. However, if you have read more than a passing of travel literature, the constant deja vu of Lansky's experiences will really irritate.
My second problem with this book was Lansky's paternalistic, spoiled-American view of life. If he isn't complaining about how much people in other cultures smell (such as this quote, describing what is special about India: '...it's a wicked combination of curry, cow [dung], and breath-taking body odor.') then he is trying to show how he isn't a coarse foreign tourist, even as he does the things all the other tourist do.
For example, while in Thailand, Lansky takes the 'original' trip to a Bangkok sex show.
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Von Ein Kunde am 1. Juni 1999
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Doug Lansky's book is a must read for any seasoned adventure traveller or, for that matter, anyone who has always wanted to be one. It's a hilarious ride that goes well past simple descriptions of exotic destinations to the real experiences of being in those places; where a sense of humor is often the most frequently used resource in the survival kit!
The book is a compilation of pieces written for Lansky's syndicated "Vagabaond" travel column, and each piece takes you on a new adventure. These are not travel pieces that are designed to tell you where to go and what to do but, rather, how damn funny things often get once you get there, regardless of where the "there" might happen to be. For Lansky, humor is clearly an abundant international commodity, and he collects his stories like a hawker collects watches to pin to the inside of his trenchcoat. The result is an eclectic collection that's well stocked.
For the most part, the book, with its Dave Barry meets Tim Cahill slant on things, really is funny as hell. However, sensitive souls should be warned. Lansky makes many of his jokes at the expense of whatever local population he's dealing with, and even though it's obviously all in good fun his sarcastic irreverence has a definite edge to it and is not for everyone. The redeeming factor, for this reviewer, is that he's not afraid to poke fun at himself as well, and readers will spend almost as much time laughing at his own bad judgement. In the end, the real reward of the book is that it reminds us that we often have our most rewarding experiences when we're willing to take a risk and try something different, and that we can do that wherever we are.
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I laughed out loud! First at the book...and then at the comments made in these reviews! Small minds think only the author and his friends could have enjoyed this book. All I can say is that those people haven't done budget travel over long periods of time. Doug describes many of the same things I've experienced as a backpacker over the last 8 years of travel.
If you don't get the sarcasm and see through to the actual experience, Im sorry for you. This bathroom humor is just what you find on the backpacker trail. Doug's book caught me saying, "I remember that!" over and over again.
And what better way to conjure up a veiw of India for those armchair travelers than to describe its smell. Sorry guys, it DOES smell like that!
And lets face it, "off the beaten path" IS off the beaten path for most of America, it just happens to be pretty beaten to death by us travelers who use the lonely planet as our sacred bible.
The real "ugly American" is the one who sits and passes judgement with out having had the experiences themselves. If you take this book seriously, you miss the point Doug is trying to make. As a traveler, sometimes you have to make jokes about what you are experiencing and when writing home have to put it in terms others can identify with. When reading this book, just sit back, laugh and enjoy the journey. This book is not deep, historical, or culturally indepth, its a collection of funny experiences. Don't try to find deeper meaning and your life will be full of a lot less aingst!
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Let's get one thing straight from the beginning. If your only idea of what irony is, is that it describes some sort of ferrous material - then you should not by this book. Yours is a world of so many other exciting books, like "The Yellow Pages" or "Beginners Guide to Advanced Cytochemistry". On the other hand, if you DO happen to have an idea of another possible meaning of the word, you're off to a very good start.
Lansky's book is unique in the way it combines great adventures such as canoeing down the Zambesi river or trekking in Nepal with other more "ordinary" adventures like e.g. moose-hunting in Sweden. Throughout the book he relates these adventures in a Dave Barry-like style which is very entertaining and often makes you laugh out loud. Yes, he does sound like an obnoxious American going abroad, but that is what makes his authorship so interesting and what makes the book so much fun to read. (Provided you're not sitting clueless at home with a chunk of ore that is, see above.) Since the stories within the book are originally made for his column (he is a syndicated columnist), they are done much more justice if you read two or three at a time instead of trying to read the whole book from front to back at once. Follow this advice and you're guaranteed about two weeks of constant smiling which, by the way, is not one of the top ten worst things that could ever happen to you.
Everyone who has got even an ounce of humor is going to love this book.
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