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The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations | [Dom Joly]

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

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.
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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. And in this brilliantly odd and hilariously told travel memoir, Dom Joly sets out on a quest to visit those destinations from which the average tourist would, and should, run a mile.

Funny and frightening in equal measure, this is a uniquely bizarre and compelling travelogue from one of the most fearless and innovative comedians around.

©2010 Dom Joly (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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  • Paul
    Farnham, United Kingdom
    7/15/11
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    "Enjoyable and interesting"

    I enjoyed some sections (e.g. Iran, USA, North Korea) more than others, but overall an informative and entertaining book. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    Tintinhull, United Kingdom
    6/18/11
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    "Bit of a letdown"

    Huge fan of Dom Joly from TV experience but unfortunately the book just didn't come to life. Not to say there were not a couple of amusing anecdotes and also some touching observations, it was just a rather bland offering.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • W J Beaver
    6/13/11
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    "Where not to go on holiday!"

    I'm a big Dom Joly fan and I really wanted to love this book but it fell short of my expectations. It was an interesting and macabre premise and Dom visited some intriguing places. It had moments of humour but due to the subject-assasinations, mass murder etc was not a laugh a minute book. I was disappointed in Dom's narration, it felt quite flat and didn't really engage me. It was a struggle to get to the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    Northbridge, Australia
    6/8/11
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    "Entertaining, but falls short"

    Great idea for a book and certainly builds some momentum. I was/am a huge Trigger Happy TV fan and was looking forward to listening to 'The Dark Tourist' immensely, however, the story doesn't flow and Dom's accents are terrible. Cambodian 'Ohm' has an inexplicable Italian/Greek twang, all the Americans all presented with unconvincing and inconsistent Southern tones, and the Antipodeans sounded like no race ever. Very distracting stuff, making it nearly impossible to relax into the storyline.

    Certainly not a raconteur of Stephen Fry's immense ability and was expecting more from someone of Mr Joly's obvious ability

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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