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A certain ambivalence,
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This review is from: Back on the Map: Adventures in Newly-Independent Estonia (Paperback)
I feel a certain ambivalence over this book. The early chapters, especially, I enjoyed, finding them well-composed, but others struck me as too casually written. 'The other thing I had learned on my sojourn toward the ticket windows was that....' writes the author on page 126. 'Sojourn toward' is a dubious collocation - one sojourns IN a location, not towards it - and, while travel-literature is not the most formal of genres, 'The other thing' is needlessly colloquial. Furthermore, I would have appreciated more detail about some of the people Hyman encountered and less about the mundane proceedings of his workplace.
Having said all this, Back On The Map did engage me most of the time and certainly prompted memories of my own visits to Estonia. Prospective purchasers should be aware, however, that many of the reviews of the book on this website - 'Awesome!' gushes John Miller of Arizona - are, quite frankly, hyperbolic.