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In The Footsteps Of Harrison Dextrose
by Nick Griffiths (Goodreads Author)
It was my 18th birthday when I chanced upon Harrison Dextrose's The Lost Incompetent: a Bible for the Inept Traveller, little knowing that it would one day lead me to kill a man with a dead penguin... Inspired by explorer Harrison Dextrose's book a curmudgeonly account of travels through unfashionable lands in search of a lost drinking partner and Suzy Goodenough's carnal ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 26th 2008 by Legends Press
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"In the Footsteps of Harrison Dextrose" reminds me of William Goldman’s classic "The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." This comparison might seem tenuous, especially for anyone only familiar with the movie. Both contain portions of an imaginary book interspersed with contemporary tales from the narrator. Each has a story that is larger-than-life, at least in the eyes of the narrator when imagining the main character of the make-believe book. Last, bo ...more
The closest I have come in a long time to just stop reading a book before I'd finished. The opening page is good, the line about killing a man with a penguin hooks you in but unfortunately that incident happens early on and by then you'll have realised that the book is a walking cliche anyway. It was easy to see what Griffiths was trying to achieve with this book, a comedy adventure full of wit and a hero whose not exactly heroic but will have grown as a person by the end of it. The 'surprise' a ...more