This isn’t a self-help book; it’s a book about how Geoff Dyer could do with a little help. In mordantly funny and thought-provoking prose, the...more
This isn’t a self-help book; it’s a book about how Geoff Dyer could do with a little help. In mordantly funny and thought-provoking prose, the author of Out of Sheer Rage describes a life most of us would love to live—and how that life frustrates and aggravates him.As he travels from Amsterdam to Cambodia, Rome to Indonesia, Libya to Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert, Dyer flounders about in a sea of grievances, with fleeting moments of transcendental calm his only reward for living in a perpetual state of motion. But even as he recounts his side-splitting misadventures in each of these locales, Dyer is always able to sneak up and surprise you with insight into much more serious matters. Brilliantly riffing off our expectations of external and internal journeys, Dyer welcomes the reader as a companion, a fellow perambulator in search of something and nothing at the same time. less
The best 'travel' book ever written, hands down. Because Dyer knows travel isn't always about going places, and that it's often the tiniest moments which change you. Sarcastic, humble, abrasive, charming, exaggerated and painfully human.
The best travel book for people who can't be bothered. An intellectual abroad meditating on Rilke, Nietzsche and Tarkovsky's STALKER. Dyer is in the ZONE. It's funny, insightful, and the book I wanted to write. Especially the bit about how he gets mistaken for an undercover cop at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. The guy has got soul.