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Walk Good: Travels to Negril, Jamaica Paperback – July 6, 2006
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The first part of the book deals with Reimer's final bachelor days in Negril. It's a convenient foil for his vignettes of scuba diving, fishing and partying with various Negrillites. These stories have no doubt been gathered from his various trips to the area over the years. Meet Danny, whose lack of the latest in scuba equipment doesn't stop him diving to scary depths; the `Jerks', obnoxious but essentially naive "good ole boys" from Toronto; and a cast of hustlers and survivors making a living on the beach yet not too busy to stop and exchange pleasantries with a curious and laid back white man.
The second part of the book goes into Thomas's wedding, where he's transformed from beachcomber to prospective groom and protective father of teen daughters. After the nuptials, the scene switches to the all-inclusive Negril experience, and Reimer provides a funny look at the goings on at the wacky Hedonism II. Note to the queasy: reports on hot tub activities are not for the faint of hygiene. There's also an account of the infamous nude mass wedding, which, with Reimer's keen and cynical eye, is seen as for the publicity stunt it was (attended by no less than the head of Superclubs- though, it must be said, fully dressed).Read more ›
My only complaint was that the book binding was starting to lose some of the pages after only reading it once. Maybe the author will consider using a different publisher if there's a second edition.
A great book to take with you to Jamaica, or to read as an escape even if you don't have a trip planned anytime soon. The prose will take you there. A fun read!
You can TASTE the cocobread...and sugarcane...
A great gift for you or someone you love.
Walk Good is a two-hundred and sixty-two page vacation. You go to the airport, you take a trip on "The Road to Negril," and you meet myriad unique characters all along the beach in Negril. Roland uses the literary device of an extended Negril vacation with many vivid flashbacks, and a few interludes into Jamaican history to tell his story.
I loved how the book spoke my language; the language of a guy who loves Negril. The book's dedication lists my friend Rob Graves, and all the boardies of Negril.com. Hey, I'm one of them! And Roland was one of us, although I was yet to discover the Negril.com Message Board when the book came out.
The Jamaicans are described realistically, but if you haven't been to Negril you may think some things are over stated. I assure you he's spot on. Roland treats the Jamaicans with respect, an important commodity for people who "get it," and something Jamaicans can smell as soon as they meet you.
When I talk to my Negril-nut friends, the subject is often a question our friends and families constantly ask: "Why do you keep going back there?" Walk Good, in giving the reader an "in your bones" feel for that little strip of land on the tip of Jamaica, answers that question.
So I recommend buying the book, taking a flight to Negril Jamaica, and reading Walk Good on the beach.
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Just what the doctor ordered for a bad case of PNS (post Negril syndrome)! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Published on August 6, 2014 by deborah c. mucci
Could not put this book down!! If you have ever been to Negril you HAVE to read this book! You will love it.Published on January 13, 2014 by Amanda Reed
I read some of Walk Good just before my first trip to Negril (in 2012), then some more after I returned. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by JB
I came on Amazon looking for a new book to read about Negril. See, I just got back a little shy of 2 months ago. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Jeff
Just returned from Negril last month and purchased this book to compare my experience to the author's. Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Richard Montrose
Great inside look at the west coast and more of Jamaica. Short chapter/stories about many different aspects of Jamaica. Funny,
informative, interesting. Read more
This is a good adjunct travel book for folks traveling to Jamaica. The author shares anecdotal stories of his experiences on the island, many of which uncover the many mysteries of... Read morePublished on October 5, 2007 by Paula Kenley Freeman
Great book for anyone who is interested in visiting Negril or has beenPublished on April 2, 2007 by Julie K. Rollence