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Book Title: The Idle Traveller: The Art of Slow Travel|
The author of the book: Dan Kieran
Edition: Automobile Association
Date of issue: July 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9780749573423
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.8
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I thought this was quite an uneven, patchy book. I use the term book but it was more like a very long essay - it didn't feel particularly tight, and while certain themes tied the chapters together I thought the structure was too loose and lacking in clarity and direction. I didn't find the narrative voice particularly compelling, I noticed some clunky writing in parts (mixed metaphors and attempts at aphorisms that didn't resonate with me) and the author relied far too heavily on secondary sources, and referred to them at length (another reason why it felt like an essay. Another issue that I had with the book is that it didn't go into much detail at all about his journey across England in an antique (by automotive standards) milk float, which was the most intriguing aspect to the book for me. I have now found out that, along with his other two companions on the trip, he's already published a book about that trip across England.
Despite the gripes I have with the book, though, I still enjoyed it very much in parts. Some of the themes he explores are very intriguing (such as the differences the left and right hemispheres have on human behaviour, and the effect this has on society) and I have a similar view on travelling to him, that it's as much the journey as the destination that matters, although at times he strays too close to hubris when comparing his method of travelling to the package holidays and weekends away enabled by cheap flights. Through his writing I can feel his sense of awe and wonder at the world, and I think this overrides the technical issues I have with the book. I'm also grateful that he lists a bibliography at the back, as I intend on reading many of those books. Therefore it's a useful book to read as a gatekeeper, to make you aware of the wider canon that explores slow travel.
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Read information about the authorDan Kieran is Deputy Editor of The Idler, a bi-yearly British magazine. He is a writer, editor, and CEO and co-founder of the crowd-funding publishing platform Unbound.
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