Takes you there,
This review is from: Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa (Paperback)I stumbled across this book--and this writer--quite by accident. What a lucky find! This guy can write: his descriptive powers are superb, his focus is perfect, his pacing is excellent. The entire book flows smoothly and rapidly, and at all times you can hear the sounds, see the sights, smell the odors, and get to know all the characters as if you were there. He also knows how to include bits of history, sociology, political reality and culture without it being distracting or intrusive--it's all part of the story. Much better than, say, Dave Eggers. I will buy more books by this author.
I still like this book. But after reading reviews of Grant's other books--reviews in which readers with first-hand knowledge of the places he's writing about criticize him for major factual inaccuracies and sensationalism--I have to wonder how much of "Crazy River" is made up and/or exaggerated? I've never been to Africa, and probably never will go, so I have no idea. On the other hand, everything one reads or sees (regardless of the medium) tends to reinforce his comments and observations.
I probably will not buy any other books by Grant, at least not relating to Mexico.