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Colin

Colin WATFORD, United Kingdom Member Since 2007
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  • "An excellent book for the armchair ..."

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    I bought this book completely on impulse and I am very glad I did. Dom Joly is immediately engaging and interesting, and doesn't meander around a subject, choosing instead to get straight to the heart of the matter.

    His travels to areas associated with death (hence the title) is at once darkly fascinating and he has a great gift for taking the listener along with him. His trip to North Korea and the endless stories of the 'Dear Leader's prowess in anything he tries (10 holes in one, right): how he finds himself in Chernobyl and realises he knows the layout of the town intimately because it was used as the map for an online first-person shooter game he used to play; and, of course, the wonderful, batty and sometimes deeply scary Americans he meets during his trip across the interior of that great land.

    But it's not all laughs and fun, as his trip to Cambodia proves, with the unspeakable horrors of Pol-Pot and the Kmer Rouge still evident wherever he goes.

    An excellent book and well worth a second listen

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    The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations

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    • By Dom Joly
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    Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places.

    Helena says: "Amusing, engaging and thought-provoking"
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