I have just finished this book from my TBR list. On to the next! Here is my review. Enjoy!
Author: Seth Stevenson
Synopsis: “In this age of globalism and high-speed travel, Seth Stevenson, the witty, thoughtful Slate travel columnist, takes us back to a time when travel meant putting one foot in front of the other, racing to make connections between trains and buses in remote transit stations, and wading through the chaos that most long-haul travelers float 35,000 feet above. Stevenson winds his way around the world by biking, walking, hiking, riding in rickshaws, freight ships, cruise ships, ancient ferries, buses, and the Trans-Siberian Railway-but never gets on an airplane.”
I have always dreamed of taking an epic road trip and romantically sailing around the world. So, it is no surprise that Grounded, by Seth Stevenson, was one of the many travel books in my to-be-read pile, and one of those reads that I immersed myself into.
Besides containing a topic of interest for me – traveling without leaving the ground – it was also an easy to read book with enough happenings to keep you entertained. The different methods of ground transportation used throughout the book was vast, and the history on each kept the historical side present, which makes for good travel literature.
The author had me laughing at points with his wit and good-natured humor about the many interesting people he meets along the way, however throughout the book the slight arrogance he displays toward his quest is quite off-putting. The way he writes about his pre-travel plans suggests that, aside from known explorers, he thinks he will be one of the first “normal” persons to travel the world without stepping on a plane. When he realizes that others he meets along the way are doing the same thing he and his companion are, his surprise is a little bothering, not to mention the ill-spirited way he views backpackers.
Yet, though I did not enjoy the author’s personality, I did enjoy his travels and the journey he took. The people he met, – every day travelers mixed with a few engaging characters – the places he traveled to, – nothing too exotic, but places we all want to visit – and the modes of transportation he used, – you name it, he rode it – were worth the read.
I do not “recommend” you read Grounded, but if you are looking for a quick read to pass the time while you’re reaching a new destination – yes, while on a plane included – then this book could be for you.
Purchase it at Amazon.com here: Grounded
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*Note: The synopsis was taken from Goodreads.com. The review above is written by me. © Kalie Lyn 2011*