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All the Time in the World by Hugo Williams
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Jun 04, 10

bookshelves: travel, read-in-2010
Read from May 19 to June 04, 2010

Found this book at a library book sale during their final 'free books' day, and I'm glad I did. As far as I can tell this is Hugo Williams' first book. This is a round the world travel memoir with an emphasis on Southeast Asia. He wrote this while still in his early twenties, so like most people his age he's a bit self absorbed. There's the typical hostel stays, run ins with border guards, brief stays with friends in various countries, at times it is humorous in a very reserved British sort of way. There's not a great deal of insight into the cultures he experiences, but as long as it's read as a look into travel during the early 1960's that's ok. The writing improves a great deal in the later chapters, during the Japan-Australia-Pacific islands-Panama Canal portion of the trip, where he does include some insight into the local cultures and where the writing hints at the poet he was to become. The Australian portion of the journey is especially memorable as he runs into a number of colorful local characters during a hitch hiking trip. Too bad these are fairly short chapters though. (Important to note that the book info listed here is wrong, this was first published in 1966, not 2000.)
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