- Verlag: Audio Literature; Auflage: Unabridged (10. April 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1574534297
- ISBN-13: 978-1574534290
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,5 x 2,9 x 17,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.758.125 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Last Trout in Venice: The Far-Flung Escapades of an Accidental Adventurer (Englisch) Hörkassette – Audiobook, 10. April 2001
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I don't get a chance to travel as much as I would like, and I felt as though I was able to travel vicariously through Doug Lansky, the author. I imagined myself trying to steer a gondola in Venice or hiking in the mountains. It's just a fun book to read--it kept my imagination going and made me laugh out loud a few times, too.
Most of Lansky's adventures were not particularly funny at the time, but he's hell-bent on wringing laughs out of them with an over-reliance on a very small toolbox of comedy "cheats"--obvious exaggeration, phony comparisons to celebrities and trite, forced metaphors. His limitations as a writer become even more apparent when he starts recycling his jokes, which weren't original in the first place. At best, Lansky comes off as Dave Barry's nastier and less talented little brother, and at worst, he comes off as simply lame and untrustworthy.
The thing is, Lansky obviously realizes that his writing sucks, or he wouldn't have included an awkward and embarrassing forward in which he insists that his "ugly American" attitude is really just a persona--in reality, he claims, he is a very sensitive, informed and progressive traveler. He even includes a (possibly fake) character reference from his wife, who also assures us that he's a great guy in spite of his sarcastic and ignorant writing style. This ranks among one of the most desperate and pathetic displays of literary damage control I've seen. If you're not an ignorant jerk, Doug, we should be able to figure that out for ourselves.
Lansky is truly blessed to be able to travel so extensively and experience so much, which is part of the reason why this book, like his first, is so disappointing. There are countless glaring flaws that show him to be an incompetent travel writer (humorous or not), such as the essay where he recounts going to the Vienna state opera house and makes fun of the show, but doesn't even bother to tell us what opera he saw.
A talented writer could do so much more. I'm glad I signed this one out of the library, so my book-buying budget will instead go towards authors that are worth supporting, and books that deserve re-reading.