One for the Road

by Tony Horwitz | Plays & Scripts |
ISBN: 0375706135 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tranq1 of Tampa, Florida USA on 9/20/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by tranq1 from Tampa, Florida USA on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
A funny book about the authors travels in Australia.

Journal Entry 2 by tranq1 at Thegoaliegirl's Travel Narrative bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, September 24, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (9/24/2011 UTC) at Thegoaliegirl's Travel Narrative bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Putting in Thegoaliegirl's Travel Narrative bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, November 14, 2011
6of8 was kind enough to bring the Travel Narratives bookbox to today's BCinDC meetup. I had a couple of travel books to swap into the box, and this was one of the ones I took for myself.

Journal Entry 4 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Thursday, August 23, 2012
The thing I enjoy most about reading travel narratives is the chance to vicariously experience things that I simply would not do myself. There are certain places that I don’t expect to ever visit, and styles of travel that I consider too uncomfortable or inconvenient for me to bother with, but I still can share these because others are willing to go there and do that, and then write about it. In this case, exploring the Australian Outback by hitchhiking is certainly not something that I’m ever going to do (though I would be interested in visiting some of the places described). Fortunately, Horwitz has done so and provided this entertaining record of his adventure.

Aside from the descriptions of the Outback and those that call it home, this is also a glimpse into the culture of one of the most sparsely populated regions in the world. This narrative isn’t as funny as the one presented by Bill Bryson (“In a Sunburned Country”), but it provides a broader look at the people of Australia, one that is both entertaining and educational.

Two things about this account stand out, both of which may (or may not) have changed since this account was written almost thirty years ago. The first is the incredible amount of alcohol consumed by those Horwitz meets along the way, and the related levels of intoxicated driving he describes. Even in an area as sparsely populated as the Outback, it seems like a recipe for carnage on the roads. In addition, the descriptions of the race relations here are noteworthy. The attitudes expressed here may not have been typical, but are disturbing nonetheless. It would be interesting to have a more contemporary account to compare to this one, to see whether either of these issues has changed since the mid-1980s.

This book is both a travel narrative and a bit of a time machine, providing us with a glimpse into the character of rural Australia during the 1980s. While it is certainly entertaining, it is also a useful instrument for evaluating the changes in that culture over time. And for those of us who simply haven’t got the nerve to hitchhike through the Outback, this is the next best thing.

Journal Entry 5 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, October 06, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (10/9/2012 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA

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Adding to thegoaliegirl's Travel Narrative Bookbox as it moves on to its next stop.

Journal Entry 6 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Thursday, December 13, 2012
Selected from the Travel Narrative book box.

Journal Entry 7 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tony Horowitz is an American living in Sydney Australia with his girlfriend and working as a reporter. He has a case of wanderlust and wants to hitchhike through Australia. Kind of a crazy thing to do considering it is summer and the interior of Australia has a lot of empty land in it. He goes anyway and mostly has a good time. He starts in Sydney which is in New South Wales, north into Queensland, west into the Northern Territory, south into South Australia, along the coast into and around Western Australia, ending in Darwin, Northern Territory. He doesn't give us a lot of information, just brief accounts of each place and the amusing and interesting anecdotes, observations and history. A good deal of the charm is in the characters he meets while traveling. He has a droll and amusing voice, I found his book interesting and entertaining, I enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 8 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Sunday, March 08, 2015
I am listing this in the ABC VBB.

Journal Entry 9 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, March 16, 2015
This book was selected from the ABC VBB by JennyC1230. I hope to get it in the mail today.

Journal Entry 10 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (3/16/2015 UTC) at Seattle, Washington USA

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Mailed as requested. It is on its way.

Journal Entry 11 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Thanks for sending to me from the ABC VBB. This looks like a fun read. I enjoyed Tony Hawks: Around Ireland with a Fridge. This looks similar so I'm looking forward to reading it. Sometimes the journey is more interesting than the destination. ;-)

Journal Entry 12 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, July 20, 2015
My Review: Hitch-hiking is an interesting way to travel through Australia. Tony seems to have gotten a taste of life and culture from the many different parts of Australia. I had heard that Australians drank a lot of beer, but it's really true according to this book. Australia is one of the countries I would truly love to see, although not via hitch-hiking.

Journal Entry 13 by JennyC1230 at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Monday, July 20, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (7/21/2015 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Sending this wishlist book to CollectorKerri along with a VBB book. Enjoy the RABCK!

Journal Entry 14 by collectorkerri at Springfield, Illinois USA on Monday, August 10, 2015
Received while I was on vacation last week. Thanks for the bonus RABCK, JennyC1230!

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