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No touch monkey! : and other travel lessons learned too late
Halliday, Ayun.
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New York, NY : Seal Press, [2003]

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xiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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PN6084.T7 H26 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Ayun Halliday may not make for the most sensible travel companion, but she is certainly one of the zaniest, with a knack for inserting herself (and her unwitting cohorts) into bizarre situations around the globe. Curator of kitsch and unabashed aficionada of pop culture, Halliday offers bemused, self-deprecating narration of events from guerrilla theater in Romania to drug-induced Apocalypse Now reenactments in Vietnam to a perhaps more surreal collagen-implant demonstration at a Paris fashion show emceed by Lauren Bacall. On layover in Amsterdam, Halliday finds unlikely trouble in the red-light district--eliciting the ire of a tiny, violent madam, and is forced to explain tampons to soldiers in Kashmir--"they're for ladies. Bleeding ladies"--that, she admits, "might have looked like white cotton bullets lined up in their box." A self-admittedly bumbling vacationer, Halliday shares--with razor-sharp wit and to hilarious effect--the travel stories most aretoo self-conscious to tell. Includes line drawings by the author.

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Library Journal Review

Slip into some Birkenstocks, slap on an Indian gauze shirt, hoist your backpack, and you'll be ready to travel the world with the free-spirited Halliday. Author of The Big Rumpus and creator of the zine East Village Inky, Halliday recounts her wanderings in a style that's breezy and, alas, oblivious to cultural sensitivity. Polite is not a word in her vocabulary, nor is consideration for others a part of her modus operandi. Halliday takes us to locations that include Ocktoberfest in Munich, a drama festival in Romania, the red-light district of Amsterdam, game preserves in Rwanda, a Paris fashion show, Southeast Asian beaches, camel trekking in the Sahara, and a houseboat in India. There's an abundance of bowel problems, a bout with malaria, unlikely wildlife encounters, and various male travel companions (all wimpy, of course). Perhaps Halliday considers immature behavior, ignorance, and irresponsibility funny, but, in the words of Queen Victoria, "We are not amused."-Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.