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Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    The tip of travel

    Other than the works of Bill Bryson, I tend to get bored while reading a travel tome. They tend to weigh me down with facts. It is fascinating to find that 3000 people a day visit a certain site, that the site was controlled by six different nations throughout its history, etc., but when that same approach is used chapter after chapter, stop after stop, my attention departs to regions elsewhere. The author, a contributor to an on-line magazine, wrote this book in the style of an article for a, you guessed it, magazine. In its brevity lies its strength. The book isn't brief, it is fluid, moving from highlight to highlight with nary a detour into the realm of ponderous fact. It keeps the reader traveling from one interesting description to the next. It doesn't bog down in over-philosophizing the art of travel, the state of the world or the future of the species. It relates the peaks and depressions of travel without overmining the depths. There is humor, analysis, assessment, without verbosity or becoming overbearing. It presents travel as it is, with perspective not pathos. Overall it provides an enjoyable literary journey.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    A travel book for the 21st century: Bryson should watch his back

    With "Grounded," Seth Stevenson, a frequent contributor to the online magazine, Slate, with focuses on travel and advertising criticism, has written a fascinating, exuberant travelogue, and you should read it. I wouldn't say he has ascended to the highest ranks of travel writing, yet. But with this book, he shows great potential, and I look forward to see his development over the next few years. Bill Bryson should start watching his back!

    Mr. Stevenson's book details a trip that for most of us is the greatest fantasy of all -- quitting your job and taking a leisurely trip around the world, without (with a few notable exceptions) any set deadlines or agendas. With his girlfriend at his side, he takes some very un-glamorous modes of ground transport areound the globe: container ships (who knew you could book a berth on a container ship?), ferry boats, the Trans-Siberian Railroad, bicycles in Vietnam, a rental car across the Outback, etc.

    Mr. Stevensons's self-deprecating style makes this a great read. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2010

    Charming and informative must buy for travel fans

    Fascinating chronicle of a young couple traveling around the world without flying. Taking a freighter across the Atlantic, the Transsiberian Railroad across Russia, driving through Australia, a cruise back home across the Pacific, provide the backdrops for interesting stories and anecdotes. This book may provide the inspiration for your next trip.

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    Posted March 29, 2012

    Wrong way

    U were attacked by badgers and foxes.

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