Wednesday, May 15, 2013

No Shitting in the Toilet: The Travel Guide for When You've Really Lost It by Peter Moore

As usual, I'm finishing off the previous month's books in the middle of the following month!

Moore is an Australian travel writer with a knack for bad experiences.* The title comes from a sign posted in a cafe in China. This book is written in a Q&A format with Moore providing sarcastic, funny, and yet often practical responses to a reader's queries about world travel. He also draws on his experience to offer "Top 10" lists of what to avoid.

Though there is a helpful glossary, I couldn't always follow Moore's Aussie slang (my copy is a UK edition so it's not Americanized). Also the book is aimed toward backpackers, a particular kind of traveler. Overall I found this book amusing but not great. I think my wife enjoyed it more than I did (I read it aloud), although she was initially put off by the title. I'd give it three and a half stars (out of five).

* Not to be confused with Tim Moore, a British travel writer whose books I've read.


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