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Imagine: A Vagabond Story Paperback – September 1, 2009
Top Customer Reviews
Grant decided that he wanted more out of life and by more that meant packing his bags and heading off to Mexico. Sounds crazy right? Well it is, but in a good way. This guy truly is a nomad! Imagine documents his time spent not only in Mexico, but also Belize and Guatemala. Three locales that are filled with great characters Grant meets along the way.
Grant has described the book as "a memoir of sex, drugs, and salsa dancing." This truly is remarkable story about an extremely spur of the moment kind of guy that makes some amazing friendships along the way.
From start to finish I was loving this book. Now while I will not give away any juicy details of Mr. Lingel's escapades that occur quite often throughout the book, I am sure that you will definitely drop your jaw a few times at some of the trouble (both good and bad) he finds himself in. Let's just say it is not every day you find yourself on a beach in the middle of the night with three women. Enough said.
Grants adventures through Mexico, Beliz and Guatemala are an inspiration to us all. His bravery to explore the unknown and live with so little is something I truly admire in him. Grant had several run-ins with the Mexican police, many exciting nights with pretty girls and even more amazing adventures in which he explored Central America, made some fleeting friendships and some that will last a lifetime, and got to know himself. If only we were all so brave.
With a mere seven credits between him and his college diploma, Grant Lingel decided to put them on hold in search for something greater - leading him to purchase a one-way ticket to Mexico, where he would explore Central America. Imagine: A Vagabond Story, is a memoir of his adventures.
During the summer after I graduated from college, I searched for a full-time job while working two exhausting summer jobs. Finally, I fell into something that lacked intellectual stimulation and promise. I admit, I did work my way through it all to find something that I like, but I was intimidated because I feared that this book would make me question my decisions over the past few years and my favorite part was that it didn't.
That's not to say Grant's story isn't compelling enough to make me want to buy a plane ticket - it is. It's just that there was more to it than the places he saw. This book is an unpretentious narrative of his journey, from his genuine doubts before his trip and his endearing descriptions of his relationships with his parents, to the crazy predicaments he got himself into while abroad. Honesty shines through every page without reservation.
Which by the way, is the best part about his book. Let's just say, when it's described as being a "memoir of sex, drugs, and Salsa dancing..." he isn't kidding. There were times I wanted to put the book down and send Grant an email asking, "Have your parents read this!?!?Read more ›
Starting as a guest entertainer in a flashy Mexican hotel, Grant very much lives life day-to-day. Early days are a blur of easy sex, cheap drugs, gallons of alcohol and brief acquaintances in among work shifts. When a chance to share a van with six strangers arises, Grant grabs the opportunity with both hands. Over a short period, Grant and his new friends trek through tropical rain forests, scuba dive, hike dingy caves full of bats, climb smoking volcanoes, sit atop Mayan pyramids, discover tumbling waterfalls in remote national parks with gun-toting soldiers and drive their van off a steep mountain track as they venture through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
Eventually Grant settles a little, volunteering at a couple of Guatemalan hostels meeting a "United Nations" of backpackers, guests and volunteers with their potpourri of languages, cultures and upbringings. At this point, Grant seems to change character being shaped by friendships that are more than temporary and with values that starts to shape Grant's thinking and life.
The book beautifully captures the varying characters that Grant meets with a wonderful eye for fascinating detail - some are types of people that I could picture from my own travels. Similarly, Grant captures the exotic wilds of Central America - the stunning landscapes, the dusty villages, the harrowing roads.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book moved quickly. It was fun to read this young man's experience that was shared in an open and honest manner.Published on December 31, 2013 by JSailor
It only took me 3 days to read Grant's book… really well written, really captivating, in fact I loved it so much he inspired me to start writing my own travel story. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Sherrydayne Edwards
I will find myself reading this late at night when I am looking for inspiration. It is well written, tells a story from a compelling point of view. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Ben
When I read this book, I felt like I was riding shotgun with the author, Grant Lingel. He describes his journeys so vividly and this makes me want to go with him on his next... Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Gig Bitran
Just finished Grant Lingel's Imagine A Vagabond Story....what an adventure for such a young man to have...well written, blatantly honest and moving...truly an enjoyable read..Published on February 3, 2011 by donna
Many teenagers and 20 something's dream about packing a suitcase and traveling abroad. Through Imagine, Grant Lingel sets off on a journey by himself to places including Mexico,... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by B. Smith
I'm so glad that I came across this book. The way Grant tells a story gets you so wrapped up in it that it's hard to put this book down. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Nate Damm
As a voracious reader of biographies and adventure travel, I bought this book hoping the contents would inspire me in the same vicarious ways of Paul Theroux, Jon Krakauer, Eric... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by SRR
After picking up Imagine a Vagabond Story, i could not put it down, from start to finish! I was amazed at how someone could be so brave to do what Grant Lingel did. Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by Beverly R. Taylor