There’s No Toilet Paper… on the Road Less Traveled


The book in one sentence: An anthology of humourous travel stories by various authors.

Who would you recommend it to: People who like travel stories.

OK anecdotes: Nudity is a State of Mind (Alan Zweibel), Jugo Especial (Lara Naaman), Dragging the Family to the Magic Kingdom (Caryl Rivers), The Great Goat Race (Peter Mayle), The Duck of Peace (Carl Franz), It’s Monday…So This Must Be My Tax Write-Off in London (Dave Barry)

Boring tales: A Simian in the Cinema (Nigel Barley), Shipping Out (David Foster Wallace), Out of Teheran (John Krich), A Holy Holiday in Hell (P. J. O’Rourke)

The only review quote:

“Anyone who plans to travel should read this book. And then stay home.” — Dave Barry

Verdict: By nature, I don’t like reading anthologies, so my reading pace was slower than usual and the book’s borrowing period is only for 2 weeks. Of the 28 stories there, I only managed to finish 14. Some stories are really funny, and some aren’t; the book caters to all levels of humour, that’s for sure.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Katherine
    Oct 11, 2007 @ 23:59:58

    Ahhh with a front cover like that i probably would never pick this one up in a library. Or anywhere.

    I too am not a fan of anthologies, but sometimes it’s nice to have a book which you can open up and not necessarily have to read it all at once or even in order. The writer has to have a knack for writing short stories, though.

    Maybe, if i ever see this one on the shelf in my library, I’ll take it home and have a little glance.

    nylusmilk: personally, i wouldn’t buy this book myself, but i’d borrow it to read. some of the ones i’ve read are quite interesting! and funny too. 😛


  2. silverneurotic
    Oct 12, 2007 @ 03:37:42

    Bill Bryson and Dave Barry in one book…this is one book I have to read!

    nylusmilk: it’s not my favourite book, but i do recommend it, mostly because i’m sure you can find at least one story that you like. 🙂 i like the dave barry ones.


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