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Posted April 12, 2012
Michael Sieleman is the funniest guy! It all starts with the idea of hitch-hiking around Europe at age 18, but anything goes after that, including a lot of coming-of-age stories, head-on discussions of the gay issue and the women vs men issue – “I’m sure right now many readers have their hackles up… but don’t get all riled up. Not yet, there’s more.” There's God, Catholics, politics, the economy – you name it – as well as his traveling experiences ranging from a giant Welshman and murderous Jennys to the “spirits of the gods” in the beauty of the mountains and valleys. With total irreverence, but always in good nature (except in France), with a lot of self-effacement, and a peppery sprinkling of swearing, he talks us through his travels and philosophies. Between the many laughs, he is very capable of tossing in intelligent discussion, poetic prose, and bits of wisdom such as “being a human being is not an easy business, no matter on which side of the pants you wear your underwear.” If you’re annoyed by excess conversation you won’t like this; if you don’t mind chatting it up with a smart but crazy buddy, this could be a 4-star read of incredulous stories which are all true. And hey, here’s a guy who one-upped Stonehenge! This book is brash, fun and sweet.