The Ultimate Coffee Table Book
Have you ever found yourself sitting around a coffee table with your friends, talking about exotic locals, and yearning to see more of the world? David Tomlinson opens a world of conversation topics, genuine entertainment, and not a little fascinated perplexity to the casual coffee shop page flipper. With a large chunk of his life spent living out of his backpack Tomlinson has a rare perspective, and a wonderful spirit of wanderlust, to share with his readers. “Around the World in 80 Tales” is a series of stories set in no particular order; from the crowded “mass transit” of Indonesia to the wild empty spaces of Kangaroo Island off the coast of Australia.
Tomlinson is humorously, often brutally, honest about what a Westerner feels when confronted with the often loud and raucous elements of travel adventures. He manages to capture the agony of being woken from sleep of questionable quality to the sounds of a foreign city as well as forcing one’s self awake in the oxygen deprived air of high mountains so that you can catch a glimpse of the most beautiful sunrises in the world. He does not spare the dirty details nor ignore the sublime ones. In short he manages to capture the life experience of traveling in several dozen five-hundred word snippets. This book will whet your appetite for adventure.
His writing voice is a bit rough around the edges. This is definitely the work of an ‘everyman’ and not a polished academic production. Some readers might find their sensibilities twinging a bit at his blunt honesty about his reactions. All in all it was an enjoyable read and left me itching to put on my boots and keep walking until I saw a wallaby.