The Dark Tourist - Dom Joly

The Dark Tourist

By Dom Joly

  • Release Date: 2010-09-02
  • Genre: Travel & Adventure
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 80 Ratings

Description

'Dark tourism is the act of travel and visitation to sites, attractions and exhibitions which have real or recreated death, suffering or the seemingly macabre as a main theme'

Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. Dom's upbringing was interspersed with terrifying days and nights spent hunkered in the family basement under Syrian rocket attack or coming across a pile of severed heads from a sectarian execution in the pine forests near his home.

These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places. And in this brilliantly odd and hilariously told travel memoir, Dom Joly sets out on a quest to visit those destinations from which the average tourist would, and should, run a mile. The more insalubrious the place, the more interesting is the journey and so we follow Dom as he skis in Iran on segregated slopes, picnics in the Syrian Desert with a trigger-happy government minder and fires rocket propelled grenades at live cows in Cambodia (he missed on purpose, he just couldn't do it).

Funny and frightening in equal measure, this is a uniquely bizarre and compelling travelogue from one of the most fearless and innovative comedians around.

Reviews

  • Charles Gund

    5
    By domjoly
    A spectacularly well written travelogue. Joly plunges into some of worlds most I inviting destinations with gusto and wit.
  • The Dark Tourist

    5
    By Silverbackedgorilla
    This book is an insight to all those places that the dark side of you would love to visit by the light side of wouldn't let you go. It's a cracking read.
  • Brilliant!

    5
    By Jimbola
    Can't express what a great spin Dom put's on these seemingly strange and obscure locations, it's as if you're travelling with him. I was hooked within the first few chapters and then had to finish it as soon as I could. Written really well and in a 'can't put it down style, the only downside was when I finished it! I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
  • Pleasantly Surprised

    5
    By Sticktastic
    I've followed Dom Joly for years, loved Trigger Happy TV. Not only was it funny but had a brilliant soundtrack too. I expected this book to be light hearted and pointing fun at the funny foreigners. It was so much more. Parts had me laughing out loud, brilliantly written and a honest account of Dom's travels. An amazing privilege to be able to travel to such fascinating places. All I need now if to book some tickets to Lebanon.
  • Great, as you'd expect.

    5
    By Major Disruption
    Funny & eye opening, sometimes Dom makes the reader feel as if they're travelling alongside him. The only problem with this book is it's too short. Wholly recommended.
  • Super Read

    5
    By butopian
    Watched his theatre show. Top read. Top bloke.
  • Brilliant

    5
    By Andrew Horwood
    A great read!
  • Great read!

    5
    By Barny babe
    A real mix- laugh out loud funny but also very interesting! Few more photos would be good if have them?
  • A brilliant and engaging read

    5
    By @timskipper
    I thoroughly enjoyed read Dom's adventure, he captured the essence of the countries he visited brilliantly. Recommended.
  • More please!

    4
    By go^uk
    Michael Palin he is not! However, this is a genuinely refreshing travelogue. A must read for any Dom Joly fan - more so if you are not.

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