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Honorable Bandit: A Walk across Corsica

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Brian Bouldrey traveled to the island of Corsica, with its wine-dark Mediterranean waters, powdered-sugar beach sand, sumptuous cuisine, and fine wine. And then he walked away from all of them.
     Bouldrey strapped on a backpack and walked across Napoleon's native land with the same spirit many choose to dance or drink: to celebrate, to mourn, to think, to avoid thinking,
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Hardcover, 296 pages
Published September 12th 2007 by University of Wisconsin Press
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John
Nov 07, 2007 John rated it really liked it
At the outset, I'll get off my chest thast that the author's self-loathing anti-Americanism was a real turn off ... however, he dropped that by the middle of the book. Otherwise, it was a really nice read. The serious parts weren't overwhelmingly so (although I'm always sad whenever the subject of the unwanted Magilla Gorilla arises), while the rest was pretty funny, without ever seeming contrived. I laughed out loud in public when the "peeg" made its appearance.

Abby
Feb 05, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it
I said it afore and I'll say it again: I'M SO BIASED.

I don't really know what it's like to read a very personal book by someone you know. Actually wait, no, that's the point of this: this is a very personal book by someone I know, and it incorporates all of the witty, touching, thoughtful, dog-loving, word-loving, French-hating wonderful things I know about him, and I feel like I know him better now. The book immediately takes place in the years that I knew him best (and in flashback covers much
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Y.Z.
Oct 21, 2007 Y.Z. rated it it was amazing
Have you ever pointed your finger and laughed uproariously at someone while respecting him or her deeply at the same time? Reading "Honorable Bandit" made me feel like doing that to Brian Bouldrey.

This is not just a genre-defiant book; it is also a tone-defiant book. You can't call it a funny book (although it is), or a philosophical book (although it is), or a sad book... you get the point. How else is a nonfiction book supposed to behave? To be true to the truth is to be genre- and tone-defian
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Yasmin
Jun 19, 2011 Yasmin rated it it was amazing
"In what may be the most eloquent section in the book, Bouldrey describes a nighttime performance by a group of singers. The song “is of love, or dying of it, or revenge because it went wrong because, well, this is Corsica.” It ends as noisy revelers enter. Rather than fume endlessly about the intrusion, Bouldrey wisely leaves the scene where it is, and comments on his own ambivalence about wanting to preserve the memory forever. There are, after all two kinds of travelers. Those who destroy wha ...more
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Mar 18, 2008 missy jean rated it it was amazing
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Funny. Funny, funny. But also unexpectedly tender and heady with life, with enough earth-love to satisfy me.
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Brian Bouldrey, is the author of the nonfiction books Honorable Bandit: A Walk Across Corsica (University of Wisconsin Press, September, 2007), Monster: Adventures in American Machismo (Council Oak Books), and T he Autobiography Box (Chronicle Books); three novels, The Genius of Desire (Ballantine), Love, the Magician (Harrington Park), and The Boom Economy (University of Wisconsin Press ; and edi ...more
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