The Gringo Trail

The Gringo Trail With little than backpacks and desire for adventure Mark Mann and two friends set out on an expedition through Ecuador Bolivia and Colombia submerging themselves in Latin culture Through dense for

  • Title: The Gringo Trail
  • Author: Mark Mann
  • ISBN: 9781931160100
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • With little than backpacks and desire for adventure, Mark Mann and two friends set out on an expedition through Ecuador, Bolivia, and Colombia, submerging themselves in Latin culture Through dense forests, daunting mountains, and pristine beaches, the trio makes its way in a drug induced haze Soon the drugs become an all consuming addiction that changes the livesWith little than backpacks and desire for adventure, Mark Mann and two friends set out on an expedition through Ecuador, Bolivia, and Colombia, submerging themselves in Latin culture Through dense forests, daunting mountains, and pristine beaches, the trio makes its way in a drug induced haze Soon the drugs become an all consuming addiction that changes the lives of Mann and his friends forever This is an engaging travelogue and frank memoir evokes the magical realism of South American literature Darkly comic, ultimately shocking, and packed with astute observations Geographical

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    1. 3,5Bu kitabın sadece karakterlerin yabancı ülkelerde başlarına gelenler hakkında olduğunu sanıyorsanız çok yanılıyorsunuz. Bu kitap bir bilgi kaynağı olması yanı sıra soykırıma, faşistliğe, tarihe, kültürlere, siyasete cesurca değinmesi ve batı kültürüne göndermeleri benim için kitabın en önemli yanıydı. Ayrıca hepsini tek bir kefeye koymak doğru olmaz ancak İspanyollara eski gözle bakamıyorum.Bir de, bu kitapta Türkiye'yi bulmanız çok yüksek. Okurken ' [...]

    2. It's all good apart from the bit where he feels sorry for a rapist because he's a peasant and 'probably couldn't help himself around an exotic white woman' ERM.

    3. The Gringo Trail forged a path as one of the earliest backpacking books detailing Mann's travels with his girlfriend and friend on South America's infamous backpacking route in the early 90's. From the get-go, drugs feature heavily throughout the book, but the focus remains on the actual travelling and history of the region, which all combined, make this a good insight into the backpacking scene from this earlier time.Beginning in Ecuador, Mann and his girlfriend, Melissa, meet up with their fri [...]

    4. At first, I was willing to go along with the author on his uneven tale through South America with his girlfriend and druggie jackass friend. It was almost a collection of brief vignettes from the travels interspersed with history and social commentary. Where he lost me was when he expressed sympathy toward a rapist in Colombia, a local who had raped a traveler from Europe, because he was tempted by all the scantily clad women about and got drunk and exhibited bad judgment. After that I was too a [...]

    5. It's good but has a few problems. Firtly the guy goes into too much detail about the history and politics of every place they arrive at. You get used to it, but this is not the way the book is advertised on the cover. In fact generally I'd say that the book can't quite decide if it's a novel or a travel guide. And then there's then end. Don't want to give too much away but it's not exactly enjoyable reading.

    6. South America is a continent of contrasts, from the northern Caribbean shores, corrupt officials in all the countries, deep jungles, amazing histories from the Incas to the Aztecs and the modern horrors of drugs and guerrilla warfare.Mark Mann with his girlfriend Melissa and another friend Mark decide to travel there to undertake the Gringo trail, a uniquely South American experience. There is a little tension as the friends Mark is really there for the drugs, and really is not interested in und [...]

    7. You will have to work hard to get past the fact that the author and his friends sound like three of the most unbearable sounding arseholes you could possibly meet in order to find the more interesting contextual information that is mostly lifted from other, (probably more interesting) , books.The author comes off, in many places, as a misogynist, repeatedly ridiculing his girlfriend for being less intelligent than him and making it clear to the reader that she is very attractive and he has done [...]

    8. I take the point about the trivialising of rape (he should take this out) and the drug stuff does get tedious. However it was a great South American travelogue and I liked the well researched background. The footnotes were frustratingly at the back and I was reading on kindle. The ending was moving and there were very funny bits and bits which made me think

    9. This book was really a disappointment.It was badly-written, some of the conversations were a little unbelievable (the author, apparently, is the most intelligent of the three), and I think the whole thing wasn't going anywhere until the last few pages. The last few pages are quite gripping, but also strangely predictable. I just wonder, like many others, whether it would have been published if it wasn't for the end.As someone who has been to South America, though, I did recognise parts of it and [...]

    10. The Gringo Trail is creative non-fiction at its best. I almost put this book down after reading the first chapter. I couldn’t relate to Mark and his friends and I’d been expecting a wanderlust inducing travelogue. This is not absolutely not that (at least not for me). This is an interesting story though. It’s filled with history and cultural observations. It’s a book about a normal group of friends backpacking a (fairly) well travelled path. They do drugs (and I mean loaads of drugs) and [...]

    11. I thought this a real gem, I found the book in Heathrow Airport, bored and with very little to do and with an incredibly bland selection of titles in the fiction section I wandered into the travel section and there it was. There are lots of things that I ADORED about this book and it’s got to be ten years since I first read it but I have read it three times since I bought it which is something I very, very rarely do. This to me shows how well written and insightful and funny this book really i [...]

    12. I'm over halfway through this book and don't see what all the fuss is about. I'm determined to finish it as I haven't yet started a book and not but I'm not enjoying it. I've been to South America and it isn't at all as of the book makes it out to be. I was recommended this after reading 'the backpacker' by John Harris as this is a "similar" book - could not be further from the truth.So I've now finished the book and I must say t did get better. Whilst at first it was all about drugs the end bec [...]

    13. This book chronicles the trail Mark Mann, his girlfriend Melissa and their eccentric drug loving friend Mark took through the North Western part of South America. It is funny because there were definitely some facts that didn't come together like the hours on a bus it took to get from Arequipa to Cusco. 20 hours? I don't think so. It's 12 hours maximum. Like many travel writers Mann sprinkled in quotations from historians. He had a strong liking for Eduardo Galeano. It definitely had an ending I [...]

    14. Never really read a travel book, but this seemed interesting and it really is, it's almost like a Fear and loathing farce throughout South America, Mark Mann, his girlfriend, Melissa and his opinionated slacker mate, Mark travel throughout the Gringo Trail taking drugs, drinking, meeting various locals and fellow travellers along the way.Arguments, drug trips, corruption all go hand in hand. But what I like in this up and down book of darkly funny and shocking insight into another world and cult [...]

    15. As my first foray into the world of travelogs (I won this book as part of Firstreads) I wasn't overly sure how enjoyable I would find this genre. No need to worry though and I really enjoyed the authors mix of story to fact, I loved reading of experiences so different from what I have myself experienced - about a place that I would love to visit. I also loved the factual parts of the book. Also when having a discussion with a friend that has been to many of the places in the book I could actual [...]

    16. I adored this book. After having a Gap Year in South America, I was missing my friends and being on the road. This book really brought me back to the good old South America, and the Gringo lifestyle. Mark is so easy to relate to, having worked and studied all his life, he made the decision to hit the Gringo Trail - something we all need to do!!Its made me realize how lucky I was in my time in SA, and how careful I need to be in the future. Making good choices, and not dwelling on the past, sayin [...]

    17. Somewhat sophomoric and contrived in that Oxbridge-grad-trying-their hand-at-actual writing way. The segues into history always seemed a bit basic and also contrived, the jokes were a bit too obvious and the druggie episodes were taken from the perspective of an eighteen year old idiot on their first walk down Khao San Road rather than anyone with any insight or experience. Fear and Loathing this ain't.Sadly it got unforgivably worse with an incredible dismissal of rape that left a very sour not [...]

    18. To me this book is what you get combing Irvine Welsh with travel guide. As the tittle gives away it will take you to journey through most of countries in South America and together with useful first-face tips about where and how to travel through Ecuador, Peru, Colombia it offers an interesting description of experiences on different drugs which apparently is unavoidable part of the traveling. Plus you also have three main characters very different on expectations, interests and perceptions and [...]

    19. This was horrible. I only really engaged with the last couple of chapters, mainly because the rest kept going off on tangents taken from other books and sources. When I'm reading a travelogue, I really want to know the personal experience of travelling, not a load of facts and figures I could Google if I wanted. It's so pretentious and reads like filler. A shame because I'm really interested in South America and would have loved to know more about what it's like to travel around. Not having a go [...]

    20. Despite a tedious start (a few drug-related anecdotes) this actually gets better. Having spent a fair amount of time in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador it prompted me to remember some places I had forgotten. A smatterign of history and cluture, and a fair amount of commentary on gettign squashed into tiny minibuses to travel around. Overall quite interesting, though pretty lightweight. It probably is a "must read" for the gap-year hordes, all in search of a genuine South American "trip".

    21. I read this a little before I headed off to South America to give me an idea of what to expect. An easy, light read that provides some recognisable cliches and characters, but I prefer Mann's The Good Alternative Travel Guide.

    22. This was a good reads giveaway. Most of the book I found enjoyable as it brought back many happy memories of my travels in South America. It was an easy book to read interspersed with historical facts. However the attitude the author had regarding a Swiss girl raped by a local Colombian man made me furious. It spoilt the book for me and the book would have had a higher rating if it wasn't for this.

    23. Well, pretty average. Though style of writing I found too simplistic and that was the main problem, also there was no build-up of some sort of drama. Well there was but the build-up was too obvious and predictable. I prefer to read my books not knowing how it will end, but with this one, you pretty quickly knew it!

    24. I enjoyed this book very much, as the felt I was actually on the trip as well. Their adventures and areas that they visited were very vivid and I could visualise all what the author saw, although I didn't always agree with his ideologies. Each chapter is short and concise, so managed to finish the book quite quickly.

    25. Terribly written and mostly all over the place. Some of the Spanish is incorrect, the most unforgivable the consistent incorrect spelling of the 'lost town' El Pueblito. Shocked to see English mistakes printed in an edition released nearly 20 years after the original!

    26. Without question, the worst travel book I've read. Neither amusing not insightful (even though it thinks it is - rather like talking to a stoned guy at a house party, which is ironically a metaphor that's apt), and in places highly questionable. Avoid. Try Mike Carter.

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