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Not so Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure
     

Not so Funny When It Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure

by Tim Cahill (Editor)
 

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Some of the best adventure stories come from misadventures - the pratfalls, faux pas, and cringing embarrassments that accompany life on the road. These tales share those moments when the best of plans fall by the wayside - replaced by the unforeseen, leavened by the saving grace of a sense of humor. Tim Cahill is joined by such beloved authors as Dave Barry, Anne

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Some of the best adventure stories come from misadventures - the pratfalls, faux pas, and cringing embarrassments that accompany life on the road. These tales share those moments when the best of plans fall by the wayside - replaced by the unforeseen, leavened by the saving grace of a sense of humor. Tim Cahill is joined by such beloved authors as Dave Barry, Anne Lamott, David Sedaris, and Adair Lara.

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Cahill (Pass the Butterworms, 1997, etc.), the founding editor of Outside magazine, has culled these diverse and diverting pieces from books by Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, J.P. Donleavy, Mark Salzman, David Sedaris, and other travelwriters and editors. Most are short—five or six pages—but there is one considerably longer one by Randy White. With most of the stories set in other countries, crosscultural mishaps abound (e.g., getting one's hair cut in Turkey or having one's dental work done in Cameroon). Animals (a baboon in the bedroom in Zimbabwe, a ferret in the trousers in Scotland, and a wayward jumping frog on Amtrak) figure in several tales, and dealing with human vomit, urine, and feces provides the humor in three others. Clearly, not all are equally charming or will appeal to the same sense of humor. Covertocover reading at one sitting is easily accomplished but not recommended lest the idiosyncratic humor of individual pieces be blurred. Quirky little paragraphlong pieces separate the titled anecdotes, even briefer items appear in boxed inserts within them, and (apparently) cartoons (not seen) will be added.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885211552
Publisher:
Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Travelers' Tales Guides Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.66(d)

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