No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late

No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late

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by Ayun Halliday
     
 

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Ayun Halliday may not make for the most sensible travel companion, but she is certainly one of the zaniest, with a knack for inserting herself (and her unwitting cohorts) into bizarre situations around the globe. Curator of kitsch and unabashed aficionada of pop culture, Halliday offers bemused, self-deprecating narration of events from guerilla theater in Romania

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Ayun Halliday may not make for the most sensible travel companion, but she is certainly one of the zaniest, with a knack for inserting herself (and her unwitting cohorts) into bizarre situations around the globe. Curator of kitsch and unabashed aficionada of pop culture, Halliday offers bemused, self-deprecating narration of events from guerilla theater in Romania to drug-induced Apocalypse Now reenactments in Vietnam to a perhaps more surreal collagen-implant demonstration at a Paris fashion show emceed by Lauren Bacall. From taming the wild dog packs of Bali to requiring the services of a bonesetter in Sumatra, Ayun Halliday offers up the best of her itinerant foibles as examples of how not to travel abroad. For instance, on layover in Amsterdam, Halliday finds unlikely trouble in the red-light district—eliciting the ire of a tiny, violent madam,—and is forced to explain tampons, which she admits, “might have looked like white cotton bullets lined up in their box,” to soldiers in Kashmir—“They’re for ladies. Bleeding ladies.” A self-admittedly bumbling vacationer, Halliday shares—with razorsharp wit and to hilarious effect—the travel stories most are too self-conscious to tell.

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Library Journal
Slip into some Birkenstocks, slap on an Indian gauze shirt, hoist your backpack, and you'll be ready to travel the world with the free-spirited Halliday. Author of The Big Rumpus and creator of the zine East Village Inky, Halliday recounts her wanderings in a style that's breezy and, alas, oblivious to cultural sensitivity. Polite is not a word in her vocabulary, nor is consideration for others a part of her modus operandi. Halliday takes us to locations that include Ocktoberfest in Munich, a drama festival in Romania, the red-light district of Amsterdam, game preserves in Rwanda, a Paris fashion show, Southeast Asian beaches, camel trekking in the Sahara, and a houseboat in India. There's an abundance of bowel problems, a bout with malaria, unlikely wildlife encounters, and various male travel companions (all wimpy, of course). Perhaps Halliday considers immature behavior, ignorance, and irresponsibility funny, but, in the words of Queen Victoria, "We are not amused."-Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580050975
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/10/2003
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Ayun Halliday is the creator of the East Village Inky, the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award Winner for Best Zine. She is the author of several books, including The Big Rumpus, Dirty Sugar Cookies, and Zinester’s Guide to NYC. She lives in Brooklyn.

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No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed so hard at times I almost wet myself. Good reason why you should not do somethings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest travel books I have ever read. As a long time fan of Bill Bryson and his quirky joining of brilliant vivid travel writing and biting wit, I was afraid that I'd never find anyone who even approached his quality in the genre, so I was extremely surprised and glad when I picked this book up, at random one day and decided to read the first chapter whilst enjoying my ice tea at the B&N cafe. Two hours later I was politely asked to leave as the store was closing. Of course I bought the book and boy am I glad I picked it up that day. Its a wonderfully witty and immersive travel story. The author and her collection of geeky, wimpy, yet lovable boyfriends get into some amazingly funny situations (the camel riding chapter is pure gold), and I was interested throughout. Move over Bill Bryson, you finally have company on the bookshelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as funny as the title suggests, but still has some amusing stories about "bumming around" Europe. Oh, the joy of being young and broke in Vienna.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The intro was the funniest part of the book….
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NScarbrough More than 1 year ago
The author made me laugh out loud with this book of true stories from her experiences traveling the globe. She gives an accurate portrayal of some of the nuances and embarrassing moments that often occur when attempting to navigate through a culture that is new to a backpacker. I'm sure that many people wouldn't have the guts to repeat some of the tricky incidents that Ayun got herself into, which makes me really like her. I'm not very excited about the title. Although, there is a situation with monkeys, it didn't quite seem to match the book. I've heard others say that they didn't LOVE the book, but being an avid traveler myself, I can really relate to it. I would read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago