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Bad Trips

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  142 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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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May 09, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2013 jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Michael Lewyn
Aug 05, 2015 Michael Lewyn rated it liked it
not bad but a bit repetitive after awhile. A good book to read while you are on a long trip and want to appreciate how lucky you are not to be in a place with scorpions and dysentery (unless, of course, you ARE in such a place).
Bill Ibelle
Apr 24, 2015 Bill Ibelle rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 19, 2010 Elisabeth rated it liked it
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.
Feb 10, 2014 David rated it liked it
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 . . . .
Susan Lashomb
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.
Dec 20, 2011 Bradhernandez rated it liked it
a nice lengthy collection travel tales (mostly excerpts). good stuff. my first foray into travel literature genre.
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This is the travel writing anthology that started it all for me. Love every entry.
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Sep 03, 2014 Cindy rated it did not like it
Bad Trips = Bad Reading. Quit after just a few stories. Too political/highbrow for me.
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