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Route Number 11: Argentina, Angels & Alcohol

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On the back of a bad break-up, the beat-up tourist suddenly finds himself all alone in Argentina with only an abundance of beer for company.

With no plans, no time limit and sometimes no sense, the nameless British beatnik travels through a blur of smoky bars, sexy señoritas, lonesome backpackers, small town locals, city dwellers, magnificent mountains and awe-i
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Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published June 26th 2013
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Melki
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
A young American Ginsberg wannabe beatnik, who sleeps on the beach, engages the tourist with tall talk of mysticism and politics. Big spectacles. Big beard. Big words. Using five words for one, and for fun, each word must be five syllables too - drawing out a long lull of intellectual pompous prose.

"So, what you're basically saying," replies the tourist, "is same shit different day."


Whitewolf's magical mystery trip tale is part travel diary, part stream of consciousness playback, and
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Arthur Graham
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Speaking as someone who's done his own modest share of backpacking around the world (Ireland, Japan, etc), I can say that Whitewolf's wanderings were a joy to read about, striking a familiar chord with me on many pages. All the random people and places, getting off the beaten path, finding what's actually out there. Really experiencing the locales, as opposed to just passively viewing the surface versions passing through. I'm telling you, this author really knows how to travel, with no strict it ...more
Rebecca Gransden
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a review of a book. This book has been named (look at title). South America and distractions, damage taken and the words not enough. I don’t know if I could ever believe the way the tourist does, from the bottom of the rock with the mome raths and crysalids, to the elevations that the waters wash and the winds squall across the face of the path. Its a path well trod with footprints fathoms deep, they fit every foot like the sleep of a glove. I wrote a review that made sense before this, ...more
Alison
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for its total uniqueness and style. Here, Harry has managed to draw the reader into the novel so you feel everything the (unnamed) tourist feels - loneliness/belonging, excitement/disappointment. Anyone who has travelled alone will certainly relate, anyone who hasn't will want to.

Being highlighted to the spiritual belief of 'signs', I was interested in the whole 11:11 phenomenon in which this novel is based. I felt I started seeing the same kind of signs myself (spo
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Jason
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Boy! I really hate this author, not long into starting this book I started to see 11s everywhere, I seemed to travel to work every morning and the temperature would be 11C. Luckily for me my ignorance managed to defeat the universe and the 11s stopped appearing to me. Jason 1-0 Universe!

At first I thought the book had got screwed up as everything was out of order, I had go on Goodreads and read the blurb to find out it was supposed to be like that. I have to admit I didn't really get
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Daniel Clausen
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started reading “Route 11” at a time when I needed a good travel book. What is Route 11 -- part Gonzo journalism, part spiritual quest, stream of consciousness. Beatnik writing? Perhaps. The book jumps from scene to scene -- not quite poetry, but not stable enough to be prose. The book attempts to be what travel is. Random. Sometimes surprising. Sometimes loose threads that never meet. Disappointments, sure. But also, unexpected discoveries.

The book stretches like one big zipper down the midd
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Mary Papastavrou
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Why do we travel, the ones of us who do? Each of us for our own reasons. Boredom, expansion, new vistas etc. In Route 11, the travelling is a spiritual quest to cleanse oneself from the past and deliver the Tourist into his new fate. All he needs is acute senses and sharpened perspective to recognise the signs.

For a reader like me who is better suited in the bosom of British Humanist Association I can't relate to the particular signs that the universe sends to the Tourist. But I can
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Leo Robertson
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was provided me with not even the implication I should share my reefer (just as well- been all out since forever!) I reckon a review would suffice though.

Señor Whitewolf has penned a demented Gonzo diary-turned-Kerouaquian-SOC via Ginsberg, Burroughs, Bukowski, even Oulipo! But this lyrically-prosed Eat Prey/Fuck of Pynchonian paranoia (which follows a map across Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay that looks like it was sketched out for the travelers by a plum-drunk wasp
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Harry Whitewolf
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
An illustration of irony...

Does anyone else get annoyed at authors who rate their own books just to improve ratings?
Tony Sunderland
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Fear and loathing in Los Vegas when I was in my early 20’s and thought quite correctly that I would never again read a rich mixture of poetry, prose and sheer chaos – until now! Like the unknown stranger in Camus’s Outsider, (he even mentions this book on page 42) our protagonist is known only as ‘the tourist’. But underneath the altered states induced by a mixture of alcohol, foreign culture and geography there is the deeper mission of self discovery that makes this type of work a ‘must ...more
Mat
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Did you ever find yourself looking for a book which not only takes you on a journey through places you either were lucky enough once to visit or somewhere you had always dreamed of going to, but also through the inner journey of the author, as it unfolds in his mind, the various ups-and-downs of his mental state, whether inebriated or this side of sober? If the answer is ‘yes’, then Harry Whitewolf’s first novel, Route Number 11: Argentina, Angels & Alcohol is definitely right up your paradise alle ...more
James Morcan
I’ve never read a book like this one, that’s for sure. Easily the most unique book I’ve read in a while and it’s a difficult one to summarize really as it criss-crosses different genres and isn’t easily classifiable. All I can really say is I loved every page and the rhythmic writing style just swept me along from page to page and one location to the next.

Route Number 11 is a rollicking and at times raunchy adventure through the South American continent, told in the poetic beatnik writing style
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Melissa
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very unique book. I've been reading it one chapter at a time at lunch as time allowed, and was having a harder and harder time putting it down, as the story progressed. It took me a little while to get into the sometimes poetic, sometimes random writing style, but I soon fell into the groove, and adapted to the 'here one day, there the next' story line, which itself reflected the experience of "the Tourist" as he traveled through South America trying to find himself, a journey inspired ...more
Anthony Stancomb
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a highly original book. The author goes on a trip through Argentina to shrive himself of a failed relationship, as if on a quest to find meaning in his life.And for all that, it's a riveting read - even if the partying does get repetitive at times. Nonetheless, amid the haze of smoke, drink and music, he gets us to empathise with a string of deftly portrayed colourful characters, most of whom have their problems.
The book is actually quite deep and the themes he chews over touch on
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Lance Morcan
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

A magical read


In his author’s biography, Harry Whitewolf claims he lives in two worlds – the real world, in which he’s a writer and traveler, and the ethereal world, in which he's a spiritual warrior. In Route Number 11 he has successfully combined his two selves and produced a magical read. Highly recommended!
Florry
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An easy reading book that made me reflect on my own life and our mission on this Earth.
After ending his heartbreaking relationship, the main character (the Tourist) is having an unusual trip to Argentina with no plans and no time limit. There are some strange “adventures” he has, lots of alcohol, some chicas around and few friends.
I find this story very inspiring, but also devastating (because of the alcohol and girls).

Here are some quotes I like and would love to share:
“No planes y no
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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
I wasn't sure what to expect from Route Number 11, but having seen good Goodreads reviews and stumbled across a chance to download Whitewolf's book for free, I did so and enjoyed getting myself caught in his South American escapade. Whitewolf writes in distinctive prose which is frequently actually poetry and I thought this a very effective way to put across his journey. His heavy drinking, chica chasing and bus riding would swiftly have become dull reading in a straight travel memoir, but I fou ...more
Ian Pindar
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Harry can write, there is no doubt about that, and for a debut novel this is great. His prose are quite lyrical, with a 60’s beatnik /Hunter S charm to the meter at many points.

I enjoyed the travelogue aspect of the book, you felt as though you were on the journey with ‘The Tourist’, which I highly suspect maybe the author himself? But much preferred it more when it went off on a tangent to religious/philosophical/scientific topics; like the part in Roasario.

There is some great dialogue within
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Catherine
Excellent!! Makes me want to go to all these places..wish I could have 6 months.
Kaya
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I absolutely haven't read something like this before. Unique writing style, absorbing way of storytelling, but without any real plot and character development. I find the thought of our protagonist "the Tourist" consuming, but I think we never get to know him entirely, like he's always hiding something from readers and not for the sake of mistery. There are a lot of questions hanging of tourist's life before he went on his journey
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Andy
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jazznbeats
A dreadlocked hipster in his thirties, a sort of British Man With No Name called The Tourist, hits the road to South America following the breakup with his girlfriend of several years. Was it from lack of communication? If it was, then the irony of his nomadics in a land where his communication skills are stunted are sadly poignant.

So far the book reminds me of the quiet desolation of Antonioni films like La Notte as well as Donovan's tales of beatnik backpacking in his autobiography "Hurdy Gur
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Harry Whitewolf
An illustration of irony...

Does anyone else get annoyed at authors who rate their own books just to improve ratings?
Helen Noble
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
‘The truth is always subjective…’

As most journeys, this book starts out with a promise. In this case it's of a travel experience played out in alliterated, rhythmic poetry. However as the protagonist’s life dissipates into a repetitive, drunken crawl around a nebulous land of nightmares, the reader shares in ‘The Tourist’s’ struggle to awaken to the spiritual warrior within.
The story unfolds in a perpetual, sometimes painful, always honest, stream of consciousness, punctuated by som
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Awdhesh Singh
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Route No 11 is a unique book. It is a story of a tourist who travels in Argentina and experiences human life as it is. What I liked most in the book is the spiritual messages which are embedded in the story. You can find several quotes from this book, which are valuable. Some quotes that strike me are
“Although what is being a grown up anyway? We seem to have this crazy notion that we are once children and then become adults. But we all know that the truth is we're always constantly changing who
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Shivaji Das
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the very first paragraph, I was wondering if Allen Ginsberg's spirit had risen from his grave and was sitting beside me to talk about his unusual trip to Argentina. Part travelogue, part a story of post break-up coping, part a tribute to a cherished friendship; Route no 11 is a whiff of fresh air in the much crowded space of travel writing. While the book is intensely self-reflecting, there are numerous sharp and hilarious observations and the author has a real talent in churning out unique ...more
Marc Estes
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a surprising treat of mental floss. At first I really thought I wasn't going to like this book. I've never been a fan of Allen GInsburg , and this had a surprising feel for his work. Then I kept reading. I went through an amazing emotional journey and really had to reflect on my own travels in life. Not necessarily the road journeys, but just life experiences that I have gone through on this path I'm on. Sometimes life kicks you in the butt and I found the one-liners very effective "reality ...more
Cristel Orrand
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A break-up, bus stops, joints, beers, angels, hustlers and hostels converge with the monks, travel companions, casual mention of some of my favorite things (“bleat”, fate, Pearl Jam) in this, dark-yet-humorous, reach-for-the-stars, transcendental quest for redefinition.

Route Number 11: Argentina, Angels & Alcohol could be a novel about sacred numbers, signs and the assumption of the Assumption, or about a dejected 30-something embarking on Bacchanalian adventures in South America
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Jim Cherry
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
On The Road to the New Age

When a love relationship ends we usually feel like it is the end of the world. In many ways it is, it is the end of the world you were building with the other person (or imagining you were building), it is the end of the plans you had with the other person, and it is the end of being in that person’s world and they in yours. But what if the end of your relationship coincides with the date the Mayan calendar predicts for the end of the world? That is the prem
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Davor Dimoski
Keep it simple. They said. Be concise. They said. Telegraphic style? Good. Continue.
Getting tired of pretentious writing? Using words whose meaning you don't know, but nevertheless you use them? Stop. This is a simple book, easy to read. Those who like simplicity of style, short sentences, unconnected thoughts and want to hear a one-sided story will love reading Whitewolf's work. This is not a typical book that follows all the rules of "good writing", but is equally enjoyable.
Anne
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads and it's a fabulous book quite unlike anything I have ever read before. The tale of the 'tourist's' (never named) travels as he discovers Argentina as a backpacker. A true story driven by a broken heart, the phenomenon of 11:11 and spiritual growth. I cannot put my finger on why I enjoyed it so much other than it resonated so well with my own beliefs and was a totally engrossing, if somewhat confusing (at times) story. Brilliant!
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Harry Whitewolf is doing his own thing.

He's the author of two ragamuffin travelling tales: Route Number 11 (about Harry's five-month drunken journey around Argentina; and across the borders to Paraguay, Chile and Brazil) and The Road To Purification (which describes his mad-as-fuck pot-smoking trip around Egypt). In addition, Harry has written eight collections of distinctive contemporary poetry, in
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“Driving down deserted early morning roads. Round and round. Round downtown. Through naked streets. Lips pursed on two litre bottles of beer, but pursuing the lips of freedom's night. Swapping cars. Winding up at karaoke bars or Bolsi- the best place in town. For the food. For the folk. For the service. For the crema de papaya. And for that late night dawn's whiskey coffee.” 13 likes
“The problem with the 11:11 Phenomenon is getting anybody interested in it that hasn't experienced it themselves. Other phenomena, such as U.F.Os or crop circles, are able to be seen. We can debate them. But seeing and being guided by 11:11 is hard to convey to those uninitiated in its ways.” 4 likes
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