i think that speaks to his attempt to force a similar experience by going on a trip around the world and then framing it again around family tragedy. I read it when it first came out, but later publications of the work included a chapter in which his travel companion picked apart the narrative from within the book, pointing out 'fabrications' and exaggerations the narrator has included in the text. These insights made the whole story (which i enjoyed in its intital iteration) even richer.I saw a theatrical version of the story that he co-wrote which wove even more nay-saying of the narrator's honesty throughout the entire story.it may have suffered for being published a little early, but by the theatrical version, i think he had managed to flesh out the story into something nearly/as rich and rewarding as his first memoir
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