Monday, March 26

An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot AbroadAn Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another travel book.  Looks like a person who does not like to travel is being forced to travel by two of his friends, one being Ricky Gervais and the other Stephen Merchant.  We shall see.

This book was OK.  I was a little mad that a person who did not really like traveling was visiting many of the Wonders of the World, and didn't appear to enjoy himself despite visiting 4 or 5 different continents.  This was part of the schtick to make the book and subsequent videos humorous and different than others, but I would have appreciated these visits more.  They should have picked me to go.  Then again, Pilkington did share many moments of deep honesty, and did learn more about other places even though he did not like many of them.  Perhaps the videos, in this case, would be better than the book.

Not my favourite travel book and not as funny as many reviewers stated, but it was an easy and interesting enough read to keep me on the tread mill or stationary bike at the gym longer than normal.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Tonia,
    I am interested that you mentioned the travel videos. I began to go to the library and bring them home when I knew I was going to Spain -- so I was looking for Barcelona in particular and Catalonia in general. As well, I found myself buying a recipe book (one with great pictures) so that I could explore the cuisine by proxy. Now what was that all about, oh travel guru?