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About This Life by Barry López
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Oct 26, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: big-picture-301
Read from September 26 to November 15, 2010

I consider anyone who reads this to have patience like a temple. I could not for the life of me sit down and read this book. Every single page was a triumph in not loosing consciousness. I have never read a book so boring before in my life. Don't get me wrong, I love Barry Lopez, I've read a few of his books (mainly compilations of essays and poems) but this.. this was just not something I could stomach. Look, Barry Lopez is a traveler. You can either find him 2000 ft in the air or roaming a international city you've never heard of before searching for something that you would probably never imagine yourself reading about- or if you're real lucky, it seems you can find him digging dead rodents out of ditches. Either way, the last thing you should do is read about it. It's just not fun to read about his travels. He's like the PBS travel specials, only the screen is blank and what's left is the droning narrator's voice highlighting the tourists attractions that you don't ever want to see.


I'm sorry. I really wished I enjoyed this one. I did like the one about the animal cargo. There were some pretty laughable things on board.
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message 1: by Edwin (new)

Edwin Steve,
This review doesn't seem to be nearly as thoughtful as some others - not as clear either...

message 2: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Thsi line is the best ever, "Every single page was a triumph in not loosing consciousness." I don;t care what book you are describing it is jsut a great line :)

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