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Monday, April 1, 2013

Just Okay

Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Every Need by Dave Barry

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Barry is like a male Erma Bombeck.  He discuss the pains and complexities of a 'married with children' lifestyle.  While Barry is not hilarious, he is funny in a dark-humor kind of way, which is my favorite kind of humor.  He also reminds me of a Ray Romano-type comic.

Honestly, though, Barry's humor sometimes gets trying and a perfect example is his travel treatise on the 50 states.  He doesn't actually discuss all 50 but it sure seemed like twice that many.    His humor has many random factoids in it.  I question whether any of them are real but they are amusing.

This book focuses on the negative aspects of traveling as well as the dark side of tourism.  My favorite parts are always anything involving travel by air (an anathema of mine).  His foreign language jokes crossed over into just being cheesy.  It was also goofy and ridiculous in places.  Parts of the book had me groaning instead of laughing.  Mercifully, it was a short read.    It is not good as a sit-down read, but is better if you pick it up and put it down again.  I just don't understand all of the reviews where people say it is hilarious.  It's just mildly funny.  I probably won't read Barry again.

And, the title is just incorrect.  You'll need lots of other travel guides if you hope to get anywhere safely. Or, in one piece.  Or, with all your luggage.

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