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Nowhere Like Home by [Alexander, Jamie]
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About the Author

Jamie Alexander is a writer and photographer based in Oxfordshire, England, with a keen interest in current affairs and travel. He's seen his fair share of adventures, from being mobbed by villagers in the high Himalaya and hunting wild boar in the world's most remote rain forests, to meeting Papuan rebels in the highlands of New Guinea. When he isn't off doing ridiculous things in faraway places, he likes bouldering, eating cheese, and reading about people doing ridiculous things in faraway places.

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  • File Size: 2149 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publication Date: January 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADSNCV8
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I can count on one hand the number of travel books I've really enjoyed reading, and this topped them all. It had me laughing out loud many times (the Canadian twins had tears rolling down my cheeks, and that's just one example). It covers some pretty serious stuff in a very readable way - it's insightful and interesting to have a first-hand account of what goes on in some of the places Alexander visits, and I learnt more than is possible to glean from media accounts on the subject (if indeed there are any). Alexander's dark humor and quick pace had me hooked from start to finish - I highly recommend a read!
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It's amazing to know that this book was written by a 21 year old. Part travel guide, part philosophy textbook, totally interesting and well-written. If you like to read travel adventures, you'll like this book! Very enjoyable read.
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By J.S.R. on January 10, 2013
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Nowhere Like Home took me completely by surprise. It is lucid, engaging and very funny, but what struck me most was its insight and depth. I came away with a totally different take on travel and for $3 that was not something I thought would happen!
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One of my favourite genres is the armchair travel book. It allows me to get a glimpse of the world that is `out there' without actually having to get my feet wet, spend time in dodgy restaurants or worry about not catching flights. Jamie's book provided me with the opportunity to indulge this side of myself once more and it came at me from a completely different perspective than normal. This was the grittier end of travel, this was travel that might get you killed if you happened into the wrong alley at the wrong time and it was also travel that makes you think about what it is we call `home', and all that we take for granted alongside that.

It is by turns irritatingly funny and thought-provoking, often in the same paragraph. It is insightful and engaging, and encourages the reader to wonder what life could be like, should be like for many others around the world. However, there is a poignant and underlying question that Jamie frequently refers back to and that is, at what point does travel become an addiction in itself, fueled by a voyeuristic need to see for oneself just how difficult life can be whilst never actually becoming part of it, safe as we are in knowing that we can always `go home'. A must read for everyone who has ever thought about travelling as a hobby.
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Very good travel memoir of traveling to some obscure places in search of something other than banana pancakes and hash. Far more interesting than "that time in Bolivia" or "that beach in Thailand", that is the usual fare in these indie e-published books of post college travel.

My quick synopsis: Jamie supplements his study of International Relations in College with real life experiences and, if not drawing conclusions, than at least gaining insights into issues like haves/have-nots, and the comfort and ease in which Western culture exists and just how soft and pampered our lives are compared to a large percent of the world. [ie hard times for us (West), is drinking cheaper beer or having to deal with an old car or crappy job , whereas hard times for someone in New Guinea or Palestine often means starvation, serious medical conditions untreated, or violent deaths].

It's by no means though without the occasional drunken night or girlfriend breakup blues, and has some very good sections of dialogue with his sometimes travel/college buddy and their misadventures with women and irish pubs.

Hopefully he'll keep at it and in a few years, I hope to be paying full published prices for top notch travel writing. Check his website, he's apparently a pretty decent photographer too.
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The author describes his travels in places far off the typical tourist radar, including current or recent war zones, as well as some that are travel standards. He describes the backgrounds and consequences of the conflict fairly and with compassion.

However, this book goes far beyond the usual travel memoir. It doesn't ooze "and there's where I found enlightenment/became a world citizen" self-regard or condescend to the inhabitants of the places where he visits. Instead, the author realizes that he has become genuinely addicted to the thrills of travel in dangerous places and wrestles with the difficult and unanswerable questions that somebody coming from generally stable, prosperous, and peaceful countries like the UK has to ask when face-to-face with people whose cultures are threatened by development, live in areas where livelihoods are destroyed by colonialism, or where workers make the equivalent of pennies each day serving tourists who are incredibly wealthy by contrast, or simply don't have the array of choices that people in the developed world (or wealthier parts of developing nations) have.

The book is not all troubled contemplation by any means, though. The author has a wicked sense of humor and turn of phrase and describes his misadventures with relish. He also revels in the many moments of beauty that he encounters, whether in the scenery or the people that he encounters.
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Having been disappointed by a few other popular titles in the travel genre I bought this with mild expectation. Any doubt was quickly erased by the author's engaging wit and the fascinating and often precarious situations he found himself in. I have been to a few of the places he talks about in this book and it took me straight back. Jamie Alexander's easy and familiar writing style allowed me to share the experience of those places I haven't travelled (thankfully in some cases!). Alexander manages the balance of humour, danger and adventure brilliantly throughout, whilst observing and providing an interesting insight into the cultural and political sides of his various host nations.

An enjoyable and fulfilling read from a talented up and coming author. I look forward to the next adventure!
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