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Posted by mukikamu on October 30, 2007

The reason behind the slow update of the blog is that I have been reading some not-travel-related novels as well as less eligible Hungarian travel books. I thought the latter were less interesting for most of my fellow AIRMCHAIR TRAVELER CLUB members, however, I was wrong. I stumbled upon some rare jewels and it would be a shame not to give a short appetizer and an update of what I’ve been up to.

  • Jappán is a LOL funny depiction of a trip a popular Hungarian comedian (Sándor Badár) and his karate freak buddy had made to Japan in the 80’s. They traveled through the U.S.S.R. and encountered many hilarious adventures while trying to find their way without money and any of the necessary languages skills. The book is basically a simple scripted conversation where the heroes of the stories revive memories. Nothing fancy or organized, no useful tips, just heart-warming storytelling. I rarely write this, but you just can’t put it down. Very readable, highly enjoyable. Lovely. 

  • Tamás Régi is a Hungarian anthropology student in love with Africa. His book about his travels (Among the nomad tribes of East Africa) was a revelation because he managed to reestablish my trust towards modern travel writers. I found his volume very interesting and honest. I pray that he would get enough funding for another publication. 

  • Salmon fishing in the Yemen of Paul Torday is completely non-fiction and offers light entertainment. Quarter of it is set in the Yemen, but I haven’t checked on the locations. 

  • Ian McEwan’s Atonement was a beach read for Crete and didn’t deceive. An epic love story with thought-provoking ending. I must admit it was a pre-study for the film version that still hasn’t come out here.  

 I also have a real treat coming up soon, so watch these spaces!

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Posted by mukikamu on August 10, 2007

I have read several books about safaris and although I really enjoy his novels, my favourite Africa writer is not Ernest Hemingway. It escapes me why. He was a great fan of hunting in Africa and has written fiercely about his inextinguishable passion. His books, Green Hills of Africa, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber and The Snows of Kilimanjaro have everything a dreamy Africa reader could ask for, but I somehow lack a slightly more modest scientific and anthropological approach. However, these works are very personal classics of a Nobel-prized writer and it is unquestionable that the blunt and honest portrayal of the soul of White Hunters makes these volumes (especially the last two) literary treats. There is no way a devoted fan of the continent can go round them.

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Christopher Ondaatje has written a biography about Hemnigway and these hunting years. Check out a short interview with him HERE.

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