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Poorly Written, Grand Adventure
on September 15, 2011
I found the book tough to get through. Not to get personal, but it's hard to believe the author's a professional writer. It's poorly written, full of largely uninteresting anecdotes and jokes that are so bad, they don't even merit a groan. Ever been caught at a party by a guy who can't stop talking about himself? I felt the same way about this book. It's also strangely disjointed. He takes a big interlude in the middle telling us about how he met his wife some ten years back. Why? I understand the need for some background but 30-40 pages worth??? Also, why does he tell us his adventure in detail up until Saskatoon and they skip all the way to the finish line in Nova Scotia? Wasn't there anything interesting in the middle of country? Or, as a I suspect, was the editor also fed up and simply threw away some 300 extra pages so the book would finally come to an end???
So if I hated the book so much, why did I give it even two stars? Because I love and totally agree with his theme, which is, let's get out from in front of our TV and computer screens. Instead of experiencing virtual life, let's start experiencing real life. Let's interact with our children rather than simply chauffering them around their overscheduled lives. Let's get our nature deficit children back out into the outdoors. Let's talk with each other rather than "communicating" via social networks, an oxymoron if there ever was one. Everytime I take my kids on a bike ride, or a hike, or a road trip, I find myself thinking of Mr Kurmaskie and his grand adventure.