Up the Down Volcano (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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"Up the Down Volcano" is laugh-out-loud funny tale told expertly but with a red face - one almost gets the sense Crosley would truly rather not share it - but her embarrassment is our gain. I actually felt kind of guilty for enjoying this so much - there isn't a single sentence that isn't either hilarious or terrifying (mostly hilarious), because it sounds like it was an absolute and total nightmare. (I kept thinking "Oh my god: I would *die*!")
As a huge fan of "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" and "How Did You Get This Number," this is probably my favorite of Crosley's work so far.
(Also a note on Kindle Singles in general: I don't have a Kindle, but I read this on my laptop with the free Kindle app, and it was surprisingly pleasant, with none of the annoyances of reading a long piece on the internet.)
"Apparently, we are trespassers. This little hacienda is not our destination. . . This evening's destination is is another 1200 feet north and we will be climbing there on foot. We only stopped here because Edgardo [the guide] thought this might be a good spot to layer up on the porch. . . Exasperated, Edgardo grabs my leg, one hand behind the knee and the other on boot, quickly forcing me to sit on a stone bench. He starts lacing up my boots for me. This would verge on the maternal if it weren't the most violent corset-style lacing of all time. I don't know what kind of mother Edgardo had. Mine used to take a heart-shaped cookie cutter to my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches."
Also, the end is unexpectedly moving. I'd quote that too, but, well, the pleasure of the ending is partly getting there on your own.
Ms. Crosley's "aversion to over-packing and its uptight cousin, overplanning" almost did her in. She's also geographically challenged, gullible, and stubborn enough to succeed in spite of herself.
I had previously not read any of Ms. Crosley's work. She has a real talent for humor and for telling a story. Her writing style is crisp, easy to read, and I enjoyed this essay very much. I'm going to buy her books.
"Up the Down Volcano" was an interesting story about the author's trip to Quito, Ecuador on assignment from a travel magazine. While there, she decided to climb Cotopaxi, a volcanic peak in the Andes Mountains. It turned out to be a bit more grueling than she imagined, and having a guide who only spoke a few words of English didn't help.
The story was funny, in a painful sort of way. There are real dangers in mountain climbing, not the least of which is altitude sickness, as Ms. Sloane quickly learned. She did a skillful job of writing humor into situations that were far from funny at the time.
It was a good story and a good introduction to Ms. Crosley's writing. The story was written in the present tense, a style that I don't particularly care for, but it's a legitimate writing style.
Overall, it was a pretty good story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was thoroughly entertained and smiling...for too short a while.Published 4 months ago by Linda Lange Trtanj
I enjoyed this just as much as Crosley's other stuff. Some of the negative reviews on here confuse me-- this is not a travel book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Raisa
Good read for those who like when the world turns upside down.....and it does with Sloane Crosley's good writing.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm older than the author, and have never even visited NYC, but find many experiences in common with her. This short book is hysterically funny and suspenseful. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kimberly Delaney
Other than being so short which i didnt realize at first, it was a good, engaging short story. I would recommend it if you are wanting something short.Published 15 months ago by Audrey Bridgers
I thought this was a funny, enjoyable little read. For me, Sloane's writing is easy to digest and she always seems to find the humor in everything, even in her own bout with... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lucy Furr
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