World Travel: An Irreverent Guide Hardcover – Illustrated, April 20 2021
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- Publisher : Ecco; Illustrated edition (April 20 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062802798
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062802798
- Item weight : 898 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.68 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #31 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“Bourdain’s final book gives readers insider knowledge of his favorite global locales…. Fans of ‘Parts Unknown’ will want to add this to their spring reading lists.” -- CNN
“[R]ead cover to cover, country by country, it is an enduring embodiment of Anthony Bourdain’s love for the whole world and a reminder of how to stack our priorities the next time we’re able to follow in his footsteps.” -- The New York Times
“It’s the World According to Tony—a browsable compendium of his matchless commentary on worthy destinations in 43 countries.” -- People
“Charming…. Irresistible…. An exhilarating and worthwhile choice for those planning an actual trip and for stay-at-home travelers.” -- Library Journal (starred review)
"This gloriously messy miscellany of off-kilter observations and lightning-in-a-bottle insights will make one want to read, eat, and experience the world the way Bourdain did. Bourdain’s fans will devour this." -- Publishers Weekly
"An exhilarating whirlwind tour.... Anyone who loved and misses Bourdain will want this book." -- Kirkus Reviews
“A collection of remembrances mixed in with a global travel guide, this collection of city-by-city tips and restaurant suggestions uses Anthony Bourdain's own words alongside Laurie Woolever's, making this a one-of-a-kind book honoring a one-of-a-kind soul.” -- Good Morning America
“The late television host had dreams of creating a guidebook for all his favorite cities across the world, and his longtime assistant and collaborator took the notes from their singular brainstorming session and turned that dream into a reality." -- EW.COM
“[F]eels like an adventure, a delightful surprise as you turn the page from Vienna (Austria) to Bhutan.” -- Bloomberg News
About the Author
Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, the memoir A Cook’s Tour, and the New York Times bestsellers Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw, and Appetites. His work appeared in the New York Times and The New Yorker. He was the host of the popular television shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown. Bourdain died in June 2018.
Laurie Woolever is a writer and editor, and spent nearly a decade assisting Anthony Bourdain, with whom she coauthored the cookbook Appetites in 2016. She’s written about food and travel for the New York Times, GQ, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Dissent, Roads & Kingdoms, and others, and has worked as an editor at Art Culinaire and Wine Spectator.
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The travel guide aspect doesn’t add much. Ie. brief info on how to get into the city, with costs - which immediately becomes outdated. This book wasn’t marketed for that, that’s Lonely planet’s purview, and it seems to be there just to pad the already sparse sections
It’s...fine. If you want to read a few page summary on on entire country before jumping to the next, with the nod to Bourdain 2 places he’s eaten or stayed and brief quotes, you’ll enjoy it. I mean, it made me want to go to Oman. However if you want an “irreverent guide” as it says, I didn’t find enough of that here. I wish he had been alive to write the book this was meant to be - I would have enjoyed that.
I’d liken this to reading a book that somebody wrote after watching Bourdain’s shows, picking a few things they heard him say, and extrapolating a few paragraphs from that
By Caroline on April 29, 2021
1 - We are coming out of a world pandemic, how accurate is the info going to be when travel resumes? One assumes not very.
2 - Unless you're imminently travelling to dozens of country's then the book is going to be mostly content you don't need or care about. It's one thing to watch a show on Rome for the fun of it, another to have to slog through practical tips about going to Rome when you aren't actually going to Rome.
3 - It shamelessly uses Bourdain's name but it mostly quotes cribbed from his tv shows. i.e. This wasn't a book he was writing, it's a book that he was pitched in an hour two years ago (by a staffer) who then wrote it post death. Bourdain never purposefully wrote one word of this book for this book.
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Most of the book is dry, expositional content - it contains information in a place you’d never actually turn to as a resource if you needed the information in the first place. AB was a storyteller and this book doesn’t tell a story - it contains information that a reasonable person would google interspersed with quotes from some of his TV shows. I don’t want to read about Argentinian bus lines, or how to get to and from the airport, or a reminder that crossing international boundaries requires proper paperwork and a pass through customs.
This book has no narrative value nor is it valuable as an actual travel guide - half the information is already outdated between the time the words were written and the time they were printed. It would be like hanging a dry erase board and trying to re-write the time every second instead of just buying a clock.
The idea for this book was clearly in its infancy when the author discussed it with Bourdain. I’m sure she did her best to try and extrapolate what he envisioned for the book, but this feels far off the mark. In the introduction she says that the basis for this book was an hour long conversation she had one night with Bourdain; if he were still alive, this would have been a very different book and that’s why it never should have been promoted as a collaboration with him. The feeling of reading this book is evocative of watching a cover band do a bad rendition of your favorite songs. His lack of input is evident. His absence is never felt more strongly than in these pages.
I was hoping for some of his unreleased writings, some more of his worldview, some more of his insight. If you’re considering buying this because you’re a fan of Bourdain’s work, I would pass because I didn’t feel him at all in this book. It doesn’t even feel like a tribute to his past work due to its eminently unreadable, textbook-like execution. This feels like exactly the type of thing that would have provoked his derision.
It is a major disappointment.
For each location there is a section about how to get there and how to get around; and then some places to visit, and of course places to eat. Quotes and advice from Anthony Bourdain are written in bold print in each section, so that they stand out from the rest of the text which is more general information that has been compiled by other people. It seems like most, if not all of these quotes are directly from his TV shows.
Even though there was less previously unreleased content directly from Bourdain than I had expected, it still contains quite a bit of his own personal take on all of these interesting places. Anyone that watched his shows can probably imagine or remember him saying some of these things, and recall his distinct and charismatic personality.
I hope that most of these places are still open and will survive the lack of tourism during the pandemic, as this seems like a useful collection of information and tips about some great places I'd like to visit sometime in the future.
RIP to an incredible person, at least he lived an amazing life full of remarkable experiences.