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.
Paperback, 0 pages
Published April 27th 1991 by Vintage Canada
(first published 1991)
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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
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.
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.