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Squashed Possums: Off the beaten track in New Zealand Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-27 
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.

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squashed Possums. The quirky angle of Jon Tindale's New Zealand sojourn being primarily narrated by the caravan home in which he stayed worked well for me and I was frequently reminded of my own caravan-dwelling months, due to restart in just a few weeks! I have never pitched up anywhere as remote as Tindale did, but am now inspired to do so and loved the descriptions of wide-open wilderness and solitude. References to a slow speed of life and mindful tranquillity were both familiar and, in their heightened New Zealand intensity, very appealing.

The caravan's chapters are interspersed with diary entries which does result in some repetition, but also enables a wide range of subjects to be naturally covered without Squashed Possums ever feeling like a lecture. I was interested to learn about New Zealand's history and post-Great War changes, and to read descriptions of its unique wildlife, climate and expansive undeveloped landscapes. Discussions of Kiwi and Maori ingenuity and the idea of the solitary life heritage are fascinating.

Squashed Possums is an inspiring read for all wandering travellers, whether they do so in real life or vicariously from armchairs. I am now envious of Tindale's adventure and sorely tempted to book my own ticket to New Zealand. I think I would want to take my own caravan though - the heater works!

See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits
" 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.

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Squashed Possums. The quirky angle of Jon Tindale's New Zealand sojourn being primarily narrated by the caravan home in which he stayed worked well for me and I was frequently reminded of my own caravan-dwelling months, due to restart in just a few weeks! I have never pitched up anywhere as remote as Tindale did, but am now inspired to do so and loved the descriptions of wide-open wilderness and solitude. References to a slow speed of life and mindful tranquillity were both familiar and, in their heightened New Zealand intensity, very appealing.

The caravan's chapters are interspersed with diary entries which does result in some repetition, but also enables a wide range of subjects to be naturally covered without Squashed Possums ever feeling like a lecture. I was interested to learn about New Zealand's history and post-Great War changes, and to read descriptions of its unique wildlife, climate and expansive undeveloped landscapes. Discussions of Kiwi and Maori ingenuity and the idea of the solitary life heritage are fascinating.

Squashed Possums is an inspiring read for all wandering travellers, whether they do so in real life or vicariously from armchairs. I am now envious of Tindale's adventure and sorely tempted to book my own ticket to New Zealand. I think I would want to take my own caravan though - the heater works!

See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits
" 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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