Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quirky Travelogue: Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahnuik

Fugitives and Refugees:  A Walk in Portland, Oregon by Chuck Palahnuik


This is, by far, by favorite book by Palahniuk.  I've read several of his other books and they mostly confound and confuse me with some amazing literary skill creeping in at the edges of the weirdness.

This book is just straight up weird and doesn't pretend to be anything else.  It doesn't pretend to be high literature.  It's just an incredibly strange man writing about his love affair with an incredible strange city, Portland.  Because I write travel books and blogs and articles myself, I am always interested to read the travelogues of others.  While I wouldn't visit most of the places in the book, I found it to be a very interesting and funny read.  Most of the book focuses on gay bars and drug hangouts, which is maybe not the way to promote tourism but that isn't really the author's intention.  His intention is just to give a shout out to the uniqueness and quirkiness of Portland.  If you like smatterings of history thrown in with smatterings of fact and travel, you'll probably like this.

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