The dark tourist book review

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the dark tourist book review

The Dark Tourist by Dom Joly

After the wonderful Stalin Ate My Homework and Bossypants, I decided that I would always try to get autobiographies as audiobooks wherever possible – as long as they were read by the author.

So, The Dark Tourist ISN’T actually a ‘proper’ autobiography per se, but it is still Dom Joly’s telling of his experiences – so it definitely worked the same way as an audiobook. I thought it was hilarious – but I can imagine that it wouldn’t have worked quite as well as in print. “It’s the way he tells them!”

It starts when he spots a photo in a Parisian magazine of a couple of women in full burkhas – on skis! The photo has been taken in Iran – and Joly decides that this is such an unlikely place for a ski resort that he HAS to go there…which brings about all sorts of amusing exchanges with officials and passport control etc.

Having been brought up in Lebanon, this also whets his appetite for visiting some of the ‘riskier’ parts of the world as a tourist, seeking out the unusual and hidden rather than the usual sanitised offerings. Hence the title.

His visits take him to Iran, Lebanon, Cambodia, Chernobyl, North Korea and America’s deep south.

His storytelling is brilliant – we were laughing out loud at some of the situations he managed to get himself into. He is extremely candid and this is occasionally slightly shocking. But in a good way! (there is a whole section where is tempted to buy Pol Pot’s shoes). I can imagine that these don’t necessarily translate into a particularly well written book – so if you get the chance, get the audiobook!
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The Dark Tourist

Rajasthan state is enriched with its unique culture and heritage where on will get to explore many things in one single visit. After coming to Rajasthan with Rajasthan tour package one will get to see the perfect blend of contemporary lifestyle along with its forts ad places. Rajasthan Tour Package. So far on this blog reviews been confined to reviews of tours I have actually taken. There's plenty of writing about tours too, however, and I thought it might be worthwhile to introduce some book reviews here and there to liven things up. It is a publication that would probably be best described as off-beat travel writing with author Joly relating trips of his to Iran, North Korea, USA, Lebanon, Cambodia and Ukraine. Some of these trips were to ' dark tourism ' destinations such as the Killing Fields of Cambodia, Dealey Plaza in Dallas the site of JFK's assassination or Chernobyl the location of the world's worst nuclear reactor disaster.

Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection — the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places. And in this brilliantly odd and hilariously told travel memoir, Dom Joly sets out on a quest to visit those destinations from which the average tourist would, and should, run a mile. The more insalubrious the place, the more interesting is the journey and so we follow Dom as he skis in Iran on segregated slopes, spends a weekend in Chernobyl, tours the assassination sites of America and becomes one of the few Westerners to be granted entry into North Korea.

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The host of Dark Tourist , David Farrier, is likened in the final episode of the new Netflix travel series to a kind of budget Louis Theroux, which he considers a compliment. Like the legendary British documentarian, Farrier is lanky, awkward, frequently befuddled, and undeniably charming he hails from New Zealand, and most recently co-directed the documentary Tickled. His signature outfit is a button-down shirt over a pair of pink, pineapple-patterned shorts.
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Joly deals well with these issues while never ceasing to be extremely entertaining, he writes with a really warm sense of humour and even when venting frustrations about stuff he never crosses over into nastiness which is rather refreshing. There are funny, surreal moments along the way like Joly being able to navigate around the deserted Ukrainian town and being puzzled by this until he remembers that a computer game used the area as a map, and from then on explaining the geography with little descriptions of what he did during the game and strange characters, all recounted in this relaxed, easy going style that makes it a great read. - Share on:.

Sign in. In Kazakhstan, David and a fellow dark tourist swim in a lake formed by a nuclear blast. Later, David's trip to Turkmenistan doesn't go as planned. David visits a town hit by heavy radiation, hikes through a supposedly haunted forest and explores an abandoned island with its former residents. In Cambodia, David is offered the chance to shoot a cow.

Cancel anytime. Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part, this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection - the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places. And in this brilliantly odd and hilariously told travel memoir, Dom Joly sets out on a quest to visit those destinations from which the average tourist would, and should, run a mile.

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