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Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,542 Ratings  ·  682 Reviews
This is the true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- a high profile career and the fiancée of his dreams- when suddenly, his life turned upside down. Just days before they were to be married, his fiancée called off the wedding. Luckily, his large support network of family and friends wouldn't let him succumb to his misery. They decided Franz should have ...more
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Published February 7th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jimmy
Apr 13, 2010 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zaman dahulu kala, saya pernah merasa sangat marah ketika seseorang yang merasa dirinya berkuasa melarang saya untuk bertugas di tempat biasanya saya bertugas. Yang membuat saya sangat marah sama sekali bukan karena larangan tersebut, tapi cara dia menyampaikannya dan alasannya.

“Lo ga usah datang lagi … bla-bla-bla ...”

SMS itu saya terima sesaat sebelum meninggalkan parkiran bandara. Gila!!! Hanya dengan SMS??? Apa tidak bisa disampaikan secara langsung atau lewat telepon? Emosi. Semakin emosi
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cathy
Mar 16, 2009 cathy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like cute travel anecdotes.
Recommended to cathy by: Book club
My book club chose "Honeymoon with My Brother," and for the life of me I don't know why. Worse, none of the 15 people there admitted to finding the book weak. Is it possible that Wisner's true talent is to lure readers in with his charm and (arguable) wit, delivering nothing more substantive? Indeed, even I did not confess to my book club my utter distate for his collection of anecdotes.

In my opinion, "Honeymoon with My Brother" was a waste of a good six hours of my time. It is merely a glorifie
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an
Aug 08, 2011 an rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoar, perjalanan
Theresia Meidina, itulah yang mereka tau
Perkenalan formal memanggil tere
Perkenalan informal cukup dengan rhe
Bukan Re seperti dewa matahari dengan sesaji chamomile
Tak juga re dalam sebuah melodi lagu
Tapi rhe dengan H di tengahnya
Nada yang belum ditemukan atau justru terlupakan

Saat pendidikan bukan lagi kebutuhan tapi tuntutan sosial
Anak dunia yang terdaftar sebagai mahasiswa fakultas jalanan ini
Belum juga menuntaskan studinya dalam mempelajari manusia

Orang-orang bilang rhe itu manusia
Tapi saat se
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miaaa
Mar 06, 2009 miaaa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: wiwiet, moto moto
The first thing I looked up when I read this book is what the heck is panic attack. I know I panicked when I couldn't find my glasses, when I forgot where I put my debit card, or worst when my family begin the inquiries when will I get married and have children! -oh father I know you want grandchildren but didn't you aware that milk and school fees are only available for the riches in this country?

Anyway as usual I looked up to wikipedia and here's what I found, Panic attacks are very sudden, di
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Amy Bailey
Dec 27, 2010 Amy Bailey rated it it was ok
I did give this book 3 stars, though I debated for quite some time, but then I went back and changed it, because, on reflection, I really really didn't like the guy. There did seem to be SOME important personal revelations at the end. The author did seem to WANT the book to convey that he went on this journey and found his true self in the process. However, I found it hard to get past the fact that what this book really was is the story of a rich Republican (who doesn't seem to come to any revel ...more
Hippo dari Hongkong
Jan 19, 2009 Hippo dari Hongkong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Traveller
Shelves: nonfiksi
SPOILERS ALERT




Terus terang saja ini adalah buku tentang travelling pertama yang saya baca. Menceritakan seorang Franz Wisner, seorang lelaki yang diputuskan beberapa hari menjelang hari pernikahannya oleh Annie, tunangannya yang telah 10 tahun dipacarinya. Franz yang patah hati memutuskan mengajak Kurt adiknya yang tidak begitu dikenalnya untuk "berbulan madu" ke Kosta Rica, tempat yang direncanakan Franz sebagai tempat berbulan madu bersama Annie setelah mereka menikah.

Petualangan mereka berlan
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Colleen
Jun 17, 2009 Colleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was, at times, entertaining (so entertaining that I sometimes questioned his validity). But mostly I found it annoying. Or, I should say, I found the author annoying. If I had to hear about one more "tanned, long-legged, silky-skinned" woman he hooked up with in his sojourns around the world, I was going to stick my finger down my throat! It also bothered me how snobby he became as he traveled for 2 years. He, and only he, knew the right, the authentic way, to travel. He and his brothe ...more
Billie Pritchett
Oct 23, 2015 Billie Pritchett rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
The last fifth or sixth of this book was good, because then author Franz Wisner seemed at his most honest. At the point, the book felt a bit like a conversation. For that reason, I give the book two stars. As for the totality of the book, it has an interesting premise but falls dead flat. So Wisner first tells about how he gets dumped at the altar and gets downgraded at his job. However, since he's already booked the tickets for his honeymoon, he decides to travel with his brother Kurt. But stil ...more
Farah
Jul 19, 2009 Farah rated it really liked it
Ini buku yang gue pinjem dari Harun. Seinget gue covernya ngga begini deh. Oh ya, gue juga baru inget kalo Harun juga pernah ngomong gini, "Eh, elo tuh kalo baca bukunya terjemahan, bikin reviewnya juga pake buku yang terjemahannya."
Intinya dia mau bilang, "Kalo lo baca bukunya pake bahasa Indonesia, ga usah sotoy ngaku-ngaku baca buku yang bahasa Inggris dengan majang cover edisi bahasa Inggrisnya ngapah?!"

Aduh gimana, gue kan bikin account di Goodreads cuma buat pamer. HUAHAHAHAHA..
Biarin aj
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Alexis
Sep 03, 2009 Alexis rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who would like to travel the world for a year or more.
Recommended to Alexis by: Dan Wingate (well, he left if behind and I was curious).
I enjoyed some of the anecdotes from around the world, but I could have done without the preaching and unasked-for advice.

I wanted to like this book, and I'll admit it made me think a great deal about choices we make and world travel, but most of all, I am left with a feeling of discomfort with the book's marketing and refrains. Now that Wisner is married it seems in poor taste to continue sketching himself as jilted. I don't feel that the angle of "left at the altar" [he was notified five days
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Weni
Mar 02, 2009 Weni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini diawali dengan kisah nelangsa Franz Wisner yang diputuskan oleh tunangannya seminggu sebelum pernikahan mereka. Dengan dukungan Kurt, sang adik, dan para sahabatnya, akhirnya Franz menjalankan pesta dan bulan madu tanpa mempelai wanita. Bulan madu yang tadinya hanya untuk meringankan kesedihan, akhirnya menjadi pengalaman yang menarik bagi Franz dan Kurt. Kedua lalu memutuskan berhenti dari pekerjaan mereka dan pergi bersama berkeliling dunia. Mereka mengunjungi Eropa, Asia Tenggara (te ...more
Roos
Mar 18, 2009 Roos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Windry Ramadhina
Recommended to Roos by: Furious
Shelves: furious, truestory, 2009
Dengan berat hati memberikan 3 bintang saja, karena waktu membeli buku ini sempat punya bayangan setinggi langit mengenai hubungan adek dan kakak yang katanya sempat asing terus jadi akrab.

Sebagai pria yang benar-benar cinta mati ma tunangannya memang tidak mudah untuk melupakan cintanya yang sudah 10 tahun bersama dan tinggal serumah. Franz bukan saja telah diputus tapi juga dipermalukan didepan teman-teman dan keluarga akan keputusan Annie yang menggagalkan pernikahan seminggu sebelum hari per
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Catherine
Dec 20, 2007 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author's fiancée dumps him, after a nine-year relationship, one week before his wedding. He celebrates what would have been his wedding day and decides to take his brother with him on what was originally to be his honeymoon. This book is about Wisner's self-discovery and getting to know his brother on their two-year journey, where they travel to many parts of the world. Personally, I would hope that the author has adjusted his far-right leanings a bit more to the left now that he's seen much ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 01, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
The author gets dumped by his fiancee a few days before his wedding, so after a raucous and drunken weekend with friends, he takes his brother and his $77,000 semiannual bonus, earned by being a Republican press secretary and lobbyist, and heads out for an extended "honeymoon", renting his $500,000 house to friends and continuing to pay the mortgage in the meantime. So sad, right?

I had a hard time getting into this book. Go figure.

Wisner's eventual realizations are genuine and feel-good, but th
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Sam
Aug 21, 2009 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travelogue, novel
empat bintang full!!
despite beberapa terjemahan idioms ato kalimat serapan yg agak 'nggak bgt' lucunya.. tp masi keseluruhannya bisa dicerna ko :) tergantikan dengan cerita yg begitu menggugah, perjalanan yg begitu indah dan jelas terbayangkan... benar-benar an eye opener kindda story!

aq sampe tergelak ketika sampai di bag yg menyatakan,
'buang saja buku-buku panduan sesat itu' that is brilliant i say!! bener bgt yg mereka bilang... yg Chad sabda-kan, 'jadikanlah buku itu resensi, bukan kitab suc
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Devi R. Ayu
Dec 07, 2009 Devi R. Ayu rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who loves travelling
1. Jangan salahkan cinta saat dia menghilang, tapi pertanyakan bagaimana kau memupuk cinta itu

2. Keluarga adalah tempat yang selalu menerima kita kembali. Dukungan dari mereka takkan pernah pudar, justru menguatkan

3. Merantaulah..berkelilinglah melihat dunia...dan kita pasti akan menyadari betapa indah dan baiknya kehidupan pada kita. Bersyukurlah...

4. Baru menyadari kenapa kadang-kadang kehidupan harus rata dulu dengan tanah sebelum kita bisa memulai sesuatu yang baru...

5. Sebenarnya apa yang l
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Trish
Dec 26, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I started this book without any commitment to finish it, but ended up being so interested, I sat down and finished it within two days. Since being abroad, I really enjoy reading other peoples views on travel, I think it helps me rekindle my love at times when it's lacking.

I enjoyed his Europe, Asia and S.America trips, maybe because I'm less involved with those regions, so I had no biases against them. While he admits by the time he traveled to Africa he was living the high-life of travel writi
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Kerry
Jul 11, 2007 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Coll---anyone with wanderlust
So I was a little skeptical about the premise, but for someone who is close to their siblings and LOVES travelling the story really made me envious as I read on. So many places yet to visit in the world.....
Jill
Dec 16, 2007 Jill rated it did not like it
I got really bored and really tired of the story. Yea, I know it's real, and it's someone's life, but he went on Oprah to promote it, so I'm thinking he's doing ok without my hocking his wares.
Doreen
Jun 06, 2015 Doreen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Diane, Nick, Matt, Kate
Recommended to Doreen by: saw it at the library
As a mother to two grown sons, I liked this story very much. Basically, one brother is jilted by his fiance so the two brothers take an extended 'honeymoon' together. Some reviewers found the author to be shallow and self-absorbed. I did not. I mean, he's writing about HIS travels, HIS feelings, HIS experiences...so, OF COURSE the greater part of the story is about HIMSELF! Why would anyone expect it NOT to be??

The writing is very good. And the story alone makes this one worth reading.
Endah
Setiap kali usai membaca sebuah buku catatan perjalanan, hasrat jalan-jalanku senantiasa bergelora kembali. Aku tidak yakin, apakah ada orang di planet ini yang tidak suka jalan-jalan, sebuah kegiatan yang bagiku amat menyenangkan dan selalu ingin kulakukan kembali. Andai saja aku punya uang dan waktu yang banyak, aku ingin keliling dunia seperti Trinity (The Naked Traveler), Nawal El Saadawi (My Travels Around the World), Sigit Susanto (Menyusuri Lorong-Lorong Dunia), atau Franz Wizner dalam Ho ...more
Pea.
Jul 26, 2010 Pea. rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, summer
it was less about the travel more about franz, franz, franz, and a bit of kurt (his brother) and the rest of the world.
the editor either did the best they could or should get another gig...it was difficult to follow the time line when they returned to California to sell the house...
when they traveled america after sept. 11 was just whining...as if adventures and seeing a different way of life only happens in countries in which you don't speak the main language.
i realize that franz wisner is a re
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Sylvia
Apr 15, 2009 Sylvia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sylvia by: Hippo dari Hongkong
Shelves: non-fiction
Bacanya lumayan asik, cuma karena kepotong-potong jadi gregetnya keburu ilang *salah gw sendiri sih*

Anyway, ini kisah yang sebenernya kocak ya. Seorang pria ditinggal calon istrinya (yang mungkin stress selama pacaran ma pria ini, hahha!) dan memutuskan untuk melanjutkan rencana honeymoonnya bersama sang adik.
Niatnya sih dalam perjalanan dia ingin mengenal lebih dekat sang adik yang selama ini (mungkin) dia ignore. Gimana calon istrinya gak ngerasa diabaikan, wong adiknya sendiri aja gak diperha
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Victoria Karalun
Feb 28, 2009 Victoria Karalun rated it really liked it
The basic outline of Honeymoon with My Brother is that the author, Franz, is dumped by his fiance weeks before their wedding date, and he decides to travel with his brother to figure life out. He writes similarly to Bill Bryson, which is both good and bad. Good because Bill Bryson writes well; bad because Bill Bryson is annoying. He paints amazing pictures of the places they visit, at times bringing back my own travelling memories. I also now want to visit pretty much every place they travelled ...more
Sarah
May 05, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok
I expected this book to be better. I felt Wisner was a tad full of himself - even as he adjusted to getting dumped by his fiancee. When he started talking about his high-powered job - and how he had "held the checkbook" for his company for 5 years it really turned me off. Boo-hoo that his couch wouldn't fit into his smaller office - most people don't have a couch in their office. So my point? Weisner's a spoiled guy. And then yes, this embarassing and heartbreaking thing happens to him. So he ta ...more
Dini
Apr 19, 2015 Dini rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dini by: CitaCinta
Berkeliling dunia mungkin merupakan impian semua orang. Bagi Franz Wizner, berkeliling dunia adalah pelarian dari sakit hati yang dialaminya setelah diputuskan oleh wanita yang sudah dipacarinya selama sepuluh tahun tepat sebelum mereka menikah, belum lagi penurunan jabatan di tempat kerjanya. Tiket bulan madu untuk berdua telah tersedia, maka Franz mengajak adiknya, Kurt, untuk menghilangkan penatnya pikiran dengan melanglang buana keliling dunia. Kisah bulan madu yang unik itu dituangkan Franz ...more
Charlene Armstrong
For a memoir/travel journal this was just OK.

There were many things that I would have liked to read more about - such as things they saw that moved them in each country.

I found myself caring more about LaRue than the honeymooning brothers! I would have loved to read more about her and think her story must have been a pretty fun one!

For all the talk about Kurt's photos - I felt rather gypped that there were non included in the book - did we not deserve at least one for each continent?!

My favourit
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Shannon
May 27, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone who desires a life of travel. I actually found the concept amazing -- the PR guy for California Senator - and then Governor - Pete Wilson, left his lucrative job to travel around the world, "going deep," places that tourists don't usually go. The impetous for this journey was being jilted five days before his wedding. His partner "in crime" was his brother. The author, Franz Wisner, is an interesting writer. He has a way of taking the reader along on his adven ...more
Shari
Aug 30, 2015 Shari rated it it was amazing
I actually enjoyed this book. I felt like I was along for the trip. After visiting 4 cities in two countries in 12 days I could never imagine 5 continents, 53 countries and all in just two years. I don't think I would be able to do the back-pack travel but it was quite an adventure. I think it is good read!
Judy
Jun 21, 2010 Judy added it
This book is basically the guy version of Eat, Pray, Love. It's a bromance but made into a book. I thought it got progressively better as you ramble through the travels of this guy who got ditched at the later, had a mid-life crisis, took his brother on his honeymoon, and then around the world. Right around travelling to Southeast Asia - the book gets good. It's a bit too much of just reporting of his experiences rather than a telling a story, but there are enough poignant parts of real insight ...more
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Franz Wisner has no idea what to label his profession. Writer? Travel addict? Professional dumpee? He is the NY Times bestselling author of Honeymoon with My Brother and the newly released How the World Makes Love.

He can be reached at either www.howtheworldmakeslove.com or www.honeymoonwithmybrother.com
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“How long's your vacation?"
A year. Maybe longer."
A year? What did you do? Win the lottery?"
Most americans we met on the road, or at least the ones without nose rings, had a hard time fathoming the idea of a year's travel. Australians and Germans would nod in "of course" approval. Our country men would fixate on language barriers or some hideous tropical disease. They'd talk about the nightmare scenario - a Third World appendectomy and not being able to tell the doctor to use clean needles.”
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“Watching it all, I had a panic attack.
Holy shit! Most of the Thirld World sees America through the actions of backpackers. They're our diplomats in places like this. Our grungy kissingers. These folks must think we're all drawstring pant-wearing, Hacky-Sacking, white Rasta freaks. We're doomed.”
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