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Squashed Possums: Off the beaten track in New Zealand Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 10 user ratings
ISBN:1508570221
LANGUAGE:English

" A fairly horrific conceit sees this travel book 'written' by the old campervan the (real) author lived in, used, traveled around NZ in; the writing is pedestrian at best and the puzzling attempt at being clever, narration-wise, is at best baffling but mostly just really shitty writing, undercooked yet overthought. " said.

" I really enjoyed this book. An interesting sense of place and viewpoint, some great stories, especially midway 'On the Road." I also learned some surprising things about New Zealand that perhaps conflicted with the ideas I had about the place myself (having never been). Humorous too in places. Great travel writing. " said.

"Books about travel are amongst my favourite and I have read a lot over the years. Squashed Possums however, really stands out from the crowd. Not just because part of the tale is told from the point of view of a caravan. (different) Not just because the author provides a delightful and well-thought out combination of personal insight, history and culture of New Zealand, but because this is a wonderfully quiet book.

As both human and home talk about their respective experiences of living day to day in the middle of nowhere, one aspect comes through very strongly. The silence and isolation of living (and at times) surviving far away from other people.
The narration captures the essence of this quietness in a way I found quite compelling. It came as no surprise that this book is an award finalist.
Do I have any gripes? Just one, I thought it ended far too soon with some tales left incomplete. I definitely wanted more.
" said.

" A fairly horrific conceit sees this travel book 'written' by the old campervan the (real) author lived in, used, traveled around NZ in; the writing is pedestrian at best and the puzzling attempt at being clever, narration-wise, is at best baffling but mostly just really shitty writing, undercooked yet overthought. " said.

" I really enjoyed this book. An interesting sense of place and viewpoint, some great stories, especially midway 'On the Road." I also learned some surprising things about New Zealand that perhaps conflicted with the ideas I had about the place myself (having never been). Humorous too in places. Great travel writing. " said.

"Books about travel are amongst my favourite and I have read a lot over the years. Squashed Possums however, really stands out from the crowd. Not just because part of the tale is told from the point of view of a caravan. (different) Not just because the author provides a delightful and well-thought out combination of personal insight, history and culture of New Zealand, but because this is a wonderfully quiet book.

As both human and home talk about their respective experiences of living day to day in the middle of nowhere, one aspect comes through very strongly. The silence and isolation of living (and at times) surviving far away from other people.
The narration captures the essence of this quietness in a way I found quite compelling. It came as no surprise that this book is an award finalist.
Do I have any gripes? Just one, I thought it ended far too soon with some tales left incomplete. I definitely wanted more.
" said.

" A fairly horrific conceit sees this travel book 'written' by the old campervan the (real) author lived in, used, traveled around NZ in; the writing is pedestrian at best and the puzzling attempt at being clever, narration-wise, is at best baffling but mostly just really shitty writing, undercooked yet overthought. " said.

" I really enjoyed this book. An interesting sense of place and viewpoint, some great stories, especially midway 'On the Road." I also learned some surprising things about New Zealand that perhaps conflicted with the ideas I had about the place myself (having never been). Humorous too in places. Great travel writing. " said.

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