A Man, A Donkey, And A Very Long Walk Moore S Latest European Adventure After French Revolutions And Others Finds Him Embarking On An Ages Old Physical And Spiritual Pilgrimage Across Spain To The Famed Cathedral Of Santiago De Compostela Moore Entertains With His Snappy One Liners And Skewed Views Of The Locals, His Fellow Pilgrims And His Own Reasons For Undertaking The Camino Against Advice To The Contrary, He Pursues His Search For A Donkey To Accompany Him, Which Upgraded His Camino From Big Walk To Revelatory Voyage Of Self Examination Moore Shines In Detailing Tim And Shinto S Excellent Adventure During The Day, He Accumulates Clicks Kilometers And Cajoles Shinto Across Bridges, Grates And Roads Afternoons And Evenings Are Spent Searching For Donkey Friendly Lodgings And Encountering A Share Of Slammed Doors Fellow Pilgrims The Baroness Von Munchausen New Mexico Joe Get Full Portraits Between Details Of Communal Living And Eating, And The Sordid Intimacies Of The Shared Bathroom His Sections On The Pilgrimage S History And The Towns He Passes, However, Are Dry In Comparison To His Anecdotal Asides And May Only Appeal To History Buffs Or Those Who Ve Traveled This Route Themselves While Moore May Not Have Found His Inner Tim, He Does Take Readers On An Entertaining, Unusual AdventureCopyright Reed Business Information, A Division Of Reed Elsevier Inc All Rights Reserved I took this book with me when I walked the Camino in 2007 I wish I hadn t because it took up valuable space in my luggage Although some of his anecdotes rang true, on the whole I found it lacking in any kind of detail about the experience, the country, the food, the people and it just wasn t funny with the exception of his comment about FLAN you d have to read the book unfortunately. I m happy to report I ve found the antidote to the poison that was reading Bill Bryson s A Walk in the Woods Tim Moore s Travels With My Donkey He s a lot like Bryson, but without the snark, attitude, superiority, whining and misanthropy, and with an actual sense of humour Which is to say, he s not like Bryson at all I found myself running the laugh gamut from smiles to chortles to out and out giggles Along the camino he experiences not only fatigue and frustration, but also good company and the kindness of many, many strangers There is no big epiphany for Moore on his trek, but he does learn how to take things in stride a million strides, as it were, straight across the North of Spain, with his intermittently trusty steed, Shinto, at his side I haven t had this much fun with a book in a while. I got so bored reading this book and it was hard to finish His writing stuck me as scattered and his writing style extremely wordy.And the humorhmmI definitely wasn t laughing out loud like everyone else Sometimes the jokes were justout theresomewhere.And the donkey As much as he jokes about animal abuse I couldn t help but thinkyepthat s pretty much animal abuse I mean, really, who just buys a donkey to take a 500 mile hike while basically refusing to learn how to care for a donkey Also, I don t feel like I got a good sense of the landscape the people of northern Spain I read this in conjunction with Off the Road, another guy doing the same hike and I d recommend that instead Better pace and better blend of history humor awkward encounters Maybe because that author actually hiked the whole route without having family visit, staying in hotels, etc etc. I ve decided Tim knows just when to keep from going over the top That doesn t mean he doesn t actually do it every so often, but he s talented enough to get away with it when he does Unlike his previous escapades, he is forced to socialize a great deal on this trip And with a companion He and Shinto are perfect together the dread of separation is palpable in the final pages Readers of previous books yours truly included have commented that his references have been highly Brit specific Our Author seems to have taken heed as this time they are far balanced. I can t tell you how many times I laughed out loud while reading this The author s British self deprecating wit and clever language were just my cup of tea Beyond his fine writing though, Moore is a keen observer of people and his surroundings and I appreciated the fascinating historical tidbits he included about the Camino which has been one of the world s great pilgrimages since the Middle Ages My only reservation about the book was his conceit to travel with a donkey when he knew so very little about the care of them His frustration with his donkey ultimately resolved and it could be that he embellished his description of their relationship for humor, but there were many times while reading this when I felt that poor animal deserved better. I read this just before leaving for my own pilgrimage through Portugal and Spain, and I laughed till I cried Really hilarious It s not great literature, but it offers great laughs and looks with a slant eye at the whole subject of pilgrimage. An interesting story that kept teetering for me between super funny British humor and somewhat daily slogs as Moore and Shinto encountered some rather dreadful accommodations and daily travails through seemingly endless towns and hamlets This was not a super fast down the page quick read, and Moore s writing style required me to re read some paragraphs several times to finally grok his meaning I liked the little mini maps that headed each chapter, and certainly learned both about this section of Spain in addition to the unique pilgrims who take on this challenge The technique of using a donk as the conveyance method for Moore s stuff was effective, however one wonders who in the world but an English writer would be so courageous foolhardy to take it on His writing was really funny and descriptive at times, which made the story both interesting and brilliantly described at his high points Moore s vocabulary is really extensive The relatively large number of different traveling companions was hard to keep clear For me, the effort to read the book was a slog at times as well, like his journey All in all, a worthwhile read, but one where I was glad to see him reach Santiago, the cathedral, and the end of an unusual story. A Long Hard SlogSpanish Steps Travels With My Donkey by Tim MooreA Review by Robert BovingtonI found this book annoying, often tedious, occasionally interesting and very occasionally funny So why did I find the book annoying Well to start with, various critics have described the author as humorous inside the book cover, Image described Tim as Without a doubt, the funniest travel writer in the world the Irish Times even hailed him as the new Bill Bryson What rubbish I find Bill Bryson so interesting and amusing that I have read all his travel books two or three times and even his other, serious, works like Mother Tongue and Shakespeare are funnier and better written than Tim Moore s book about his long expedition with a donkey Like his journey, I found the book a long hard slog.I found his writing style extremely verbose, sometimes undecipherable and often plain irritating okay, the word click may be military slang for a kilometre but I found the copious use of the word irksome I found his humour often grated too many puns and too adolescent I certainly didn t laugh out loud but, to be fair, I did chuckle to myself on a couple of occasions I didn t mind, either, some of his toilet humour, though there were too many references to donkey poo for my liking.So what were the good points Well, Tim Moore follows the travel writer s well worn path by describing many of the places he visits and supplementing this with quite a bit of history He does this quite well He also manages to get across to the reader the sheer scale of the journey the good bits and the bad Blistered, sometimes sun scorched, occasionally rain soaked, the author does a credible job of describing his 750 kilometre trek across northern Spain accompanied by a donkey.I can applaud Tim Moore for completing the Compostela de Santiago even if his ulterior motive was to provide material for a book However, in my view, it is nowhere near the best travel book I have read He may have walked the path of St James but he is not yet fit to be mentioned in the same company as Washington Irving, Gerald Brenan, Ernest Hemingway or Chris Stewart nor Bill Bryson. 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Tim Moore is a British travel writer and humorist He was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith In addition to his seven published travelogues to date, his writings have appeared in various publications including Esquire, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Observer and the Evening Standard He was also briefly a journalist for the Teletext computer games magazine Digitiser, under th
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- Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago
- Tim Moore
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