Rob Maynard's Reviews > To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism

To Hellholes and Back by Chuck Thompson
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Nov 19, 2010

really liked it

Chuck Thompson is a revelation as a writer. Most of his light has been hidden under the bushel of niche lad mags like Maxim or Outside. I first read part of this book excerpted in Outside, his segment on the cultural meaning of the Monsoon Season to Indians.

In this book he goes to the most dangerous travel destinations in the world, according to his friends, travel experts, and his own darkest fears. He spends a month or more in the Congo, India, Mexico City, and, shiver, Orlando.

Thompson exposes the cultural imperialism endemic to most travel writing, while paying fixers and bribes in Africa, exploring the dank horrors of low-end prostitution in India, or the subtle ambiance of a Mexican football game.

He is no relation to Hunter S., but Chuck Thompson is his spiritual heir, with amazingly funny, smart, hellraising observations that tell truth to power and make you feel like you're right there.
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Jim Sounds like a great read.

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