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by Keath Fraser
The entries in this collection take us to the farthest extremes of travel with tales of danger, disorientation and bemused discomfort; combines reportage, fiction and poetry representing some of the best-known writers of our time.
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Published April 27th 1991 by Vintage Canada
(first published 1991)
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As with any anthology, this collection of travel stories includes a range of quality. Some of these stories are quite good, transporting the reader to a specific place and time, immersing us in the writer’s experiences. Others are a bit more pedestrian, providing some interesting glimpses at other places, but failing to truly allow the reader go along for the ride. This is range is also probably somewhat subjective, as different readers may well connect with different stories and writing styles. ...more
Bad Trips is a thick compilation of travel memoirs, a few novel excerpts and a couple of poems, all with the theme of travel and exploration that didn't go so well. A few are humorous- David Mamet's piece about his wife forcing him to relax on a brief family vacation and Indian author Anita Desai's essay on being sent to a small Norwegian island as part of a UN exchange program of women writers. Many of the pieces are harrowing. Martin Amis describes his plane making a sudden emergency landing a ...more
A terrific pick-it-up, put-it-down book that compiles excerpts from some of the best travel writers in the last half century. The variety is wonderful, and gives you lots of great ideas for further reading. If you've ever hit the valley of despair in your travels, you will identify with the experiences of these writers, although hopefully, you're own terrible moments were far less dramatic.
Some of these were better than others. I bought it at a used book store looking for some funny stories about really bad travel but it ended up requiring a bit more seriousness. Some trips are just bad luck and amusing anecdotes. Some are more disturbing reflections of one person's/culture's/race's impositions on or misguided impressions of another.
I read this book sometime in the early 90s. All I really remember is enjoying the misery of others as they had truly horrendous experiences while traveling abroad. We all like to think that we would never be (or had never been) as foolish as the people in the stories. But then again . . . .
Many short stories on travel- some good and some not so good. A bit dated and definitely not a travelogue of cool places to visit. Rather this details once in a life time extremely difficult trips like walking across an African desert.