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- Print Length: 358 pages
- Publication Date: December 29, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H1POOKO
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It will take you a while to get into the cadence of the work. It is a daily diary, some days extremely monotonous, others documenting fascinating events. Just like life. Some entries are explicit in description of interesting places, others are a simple indication of having gone somewhere, visited a city, or taken a ferry. Personally, I’d have appreciated more description of these excursions. For example, the author mentions a visit to the Taj Mahal … a place that would merit a poetic description. But, this isn’t the intent of Fred’s Diary, it is not a novel … but simply a non-fiction journal of events. A most interesting part, for me at least, describes Fear's experiences following arrest and imprisonment for a drug bust in Thailand. The uncertainty, bribery temptation, surprising availability of drugs while in this prison, fairly liberal visitation permissions, etc., … are all educational. The story will bring forth some dèja vu regarding late 70s and early 80s technology, a fun walk down memory lane. For example, the Sony Walkman was a big thing, and there is no cell phone, and people still wrote letters - not emails.
No need to suspend any beliefs, this is a true story. Enjoyed.
The story is beautifully woven and unfolds slowly. Right in the beginning the protagonist gets into prison and then gets deported. The story starts building up from the freedom he experiences after this episode. The whole thing is handled beautifully and the book is a must read for anyone who has lived or been to India or the Far East in the 1980s or thereabouts.
I must admit that I put the diary down after reading about half of it. The part that I read is the type of diary I have written myself over the years. I would recommend it even though I didn't finish it; the culture of the 1980's may be interesting to those born after that time. I was amused at the amount of weed the author and his friends smoked, and yes, I did inhale.
Will I read the rest of the book? Most likely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received an almost free copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately, the mobi provided did not work so I paid for my copy. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jane
If you like travel, know different people and cultures this book is perfect. The author give us the opportunity to travel with Fred around Asia in the early 1980’s. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Giuseppe (Beppe)
Was fascinated with the this book. I enjoyed this diary because this was a way to do the travels that I didn't have the courage for at that time of my life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jackie Sirbas
I wasn't entirely sure when I started reading this travel memoir as I have never been keenly interested in Asia as a destination. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth Moore
This diary opened up a rich view of India and other Asian countries on a very personal, day by day basis. I admired Fred's courage in stepping out alone in these new cultures. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ruth M. Morgan
Dipping into someone's private diary is not rewarding unless there is something juicy to discover. The author seems to have copied his original diary with zero editing and no... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rosemary B.
Anyone who wrote a diary as an older child or young adult should enjoy this book. The style of writing is a warts and all journal of a fascinating journey. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charlotte
I really enjoyed this travel diary which Fred kept as he journeyed firstly to Hong Kong then on to Thailand where he regrettably ended up in jail. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rebecca H