While there were portions of this book which were interesting and-- indeed--funny, the lion's share of the work revealed the rantings of a man-child who had never quite grown out of his boarding-school humor. Joly may have done a fair bit of traveling, but it hasn't done away with his prejudices as Mark Twain theorized. There are far more interesting travelogues to unusual places than this.
.... where what is happening seems provocative and the story is developing nicely just as the alarm clock sounds and you're jolted awake with that disappointing feeling that you'll never get back to it?That's the way I felt when this book ended. And, no, the conclusion was not thought-provoking or mysterious. Just disappointing. This book really missed the interplay between the good and evil in human nature that Life of Pi had and doesn't seem to succeed in conveying any of its grander themes.
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