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View Poll Results: What Travel/Adventure book will enthrall us in March?
The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed by Michael Meyer 10 25.64%
Wild by Cheryl Strayed 10 25.64%
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson 13 33.33%
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce 7 17.95%
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 13 33.33%
In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale by Amitav Ghosh 9 23.08%
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer 10 25.64%
Endurance by Alfred Lansing 7 17.95%
River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard 8 20.51%
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin 6 15.38%
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:30 AM   #76
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Well, it looks like it's going to be Verne or Bryson. I doubt Wild will win even though it should.
I prefer travel books that are more about the place than the traveler; several of the nominated books meet that criterion, but not Wild.
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I was just reading some reviews of Wild and you actually came to mind. I was reading along and I thought to myself, "Issybird would really hate this book!"
Why would that be?
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I prefer travel books that are more about the place than the traveler; several of the nominated books meet that criterion, but not Wild.
Rand McNally has some books for you.
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I was just reading some reviews of Wild and you actually came to mind. I was reading along and I thought to myself, "Issybird would really hate this book!"


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Project Gutenberg has the 1991 unabridged translation of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Frederick Paul Walter.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2488

EDIT: Oops, it looks like Harry's epub here at mobile read is this translation.

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Now we get to have a run-off vote.
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Now we get to have a run-off vote.
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Here is the link for the 3-day run-off poll:

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Why would that be?
Well - it was firstly because Issybird said up front that she wasn't interested in "navel gazing" travel books and many of the reviewers seemed to criticise this book for exactly that reason.

Also - the woman herself. Now I gravitated to the more negative reviews which was possibly a bit unfair, but sometimes I like to read the trash on something first. Some of the emphatic complaints about this woman and what she didn't manage to learn, her convenient self-justifications for her poor choices and her apparent lack of control when it came to - well - anything, combined with an lacklustre writing style had me thinking that I could hear something. I couldn't work out what it was for a while, but I eventually realised it was the sound of Issybird grinding her teeth.

Of course it may be a brilliant book - I don't have any argument there. It's just what came to mind when I was reading some of the criticisms.
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I can't see any mention of it in this thread, so, just in case it fools anybody, please be aware that the Bill Bryson book is called Down Under in the UK, not In a Sunburned Country.

I assume it's called Here in Australia?
And the German publishers found a third nice title:

Frühstück mit Kängurus: Australische Abenteuer = Breakfast with kangaroos: Australian adventures.
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And the German publishers found a third nice title:

Frühstück mit Kängurus: Australische Abenteuer =
Breakfast with kangaroos: Australian adventures.
I've heard they taste like chicken.
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They don't.

I quite like kangaroo meat.
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I was just reading some reviews of Wild and you actually came to mind. I was reading along and I thought to myself, "Issybird would really hate this book!"
Issybird would be so right. I just got the digital loan of Wild today and this obsessive/compulsive who must finish every book could not stomach more than the first couple dozen pages.

I'm an experienced backpacker and wanderer of wilderness. Few people are as frustrating as those who go ignorant and unprepared into back country expecting to be rescued by the kindness of strangers. They put at risk anyone who stumbles across them. I'm afraid the author may actually encourage fools to follow her example.

After years of working in Death Valley NP I am perhaps over-sensitive to this type of idiot. But I'm so happy this book lost.

Maybe this should have gone into the Rant thread.
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