From Library Journal
Former telecommunications executive Haffar treats readers to a whirlwind tour of 45 countries spanning six continents in this sometimes funny, often sarcastic account of an unusual trip around the world. Haffar's yearlong excursion by air, motorcycle, camel, and elephant bears little resemblance to the usual package deal offered to tourists with money to burn. Dusty caf s often substitute for four-star restaurants, and back-alley lodgings are as commonplace to this traveler as Hilton Hotels. Despite a grueling schedule, the author finds a way to pack more sightseeing into his journey than any tour guide could possibly offer. From the crowded streets of Florence to the Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur, Haffar explores not only the well-known landmarks of each city but also the less obvious but often more pleasing haunts of the local gentry. His comments on these sites and the people who guard them are at times biting and provocative and at other times almost wistful. This book is an adventure guide as much as a travelog, and as such, it succeeds quite well in entertaining while informing. A good addition to libraries with travel collections. Mary V. Welk, Chicago
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"An especially recommended travelogue and rewarding reading for the armchair traveler, as well as anyone . . . leaving . . . for an around-the-world adventure!" -- The Midwest Book Review
"Another fine book...worth searching out for Haffar's wit, erudition and charm." -- Sun-Sentinel
"Any armchair traveler will enjoy this book and real travelers will doubtless find that it provokes memories of their own past trips." -- Rambles
"Filled with hilarious anecdotes and delightfully intelligent tongue-in-cheek observations . . . Relentlessly engages and entertains the reader." -- Daily Star
"Instinctively the reader feels a rush of wind from figurative bullets barely dodged . . . definitely recommended." -- NewPages