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Kiwi Tracks: New Zealand Journey
Kiwi Tracks: New Zealand Journey
von Andrew Stevenson

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Having the blues in NZ..., 28. Februar 2007
There are very few books that I haven't finished. I'm halfway through Andrew Stevenson's "Kiwi Tracks" and I'm wondering, if I can stand it any longer...

Stevenson writes about his experiences in NZ. So far so good. After he's split up with his girl friend, he packs his things and heads for the island of the long white cloud for four months of hiking. There he travels on his own, hasn't (as far as I have read the novel) any kind of social contacts, is constantly being depressive and ironically is offended by the mass tourism that destroys kiwi wild life, of which he is actually a part.

His abilities as a writer and sense of humour can't make up for the poor plot. Actually nothing happens in the story, there's just a cynical depressive hiker wandering from place to place.

To be fair: Stevenson's book is travel literature, which isn't supposed to have a thrilling plot or a surprising show down. But one thing travel literature should do is giving one an impression of the country's culture, landscape or atmosphere. Except for describing NZ's people "Kiwi Tracks" fails even in that.

Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft (Wsp Enriched Classic)
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft (Wsp Enriched Classic)
von Thor Heyerdahl
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fifty year old, modern adventure, 22. Juli 2005
Although Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific over fifty years ago, his adventures teach us more about men's borders and our possibilities than any computer-games could do. Heyerdahl transferred an ancient journey into modern times and by that fascinated many people, because the things he was writing, were really true.
This is no fiction, this a piece of literature which tells us a real history, therefore a thrilling history. I wasn't able to stop reading Kon-Tiki, and so will everybody, who's interested in ancient history, animals of the pacific, other cultures and finally adventures, off course.

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