Monday, September 13, 2010

Travel Literature

The Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around Great BritainThe Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around Great Britain by Paul Theroux

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The concept is good: walking and taking transit around the coast of Britain, while examining the people, culture and general society throughout. But Theroux seems to have such a negative and cynical outlook on what he sees that you come away thinking Britain is an incredibly depressing place.

Which it is not! I've been to Northern England and stayed in two of the towns that Theroux passes through, and the country is not nearly as dirty and depressing as he makes it out to be.

The biggest frustration is that Theroux seems to find no joy in the people. They are mostly unemployed, fat, unambitious and inward-looking. And that's certainly not who we encountered while there.

Bottom line: I don't like Theroux's bad attitude.

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