My Life as a Fake – Peter Carey

Erenst Hemingway


A truly excellent novel by the man who wrote ‘True History of the Kelly Gang.’ This book is set in SE Asia (mostly in Malaysia) and has loads of local colour and atmosphere. It was obviously penned by a man who knows KL and Malay street-life intimately. If you are planning a trip to that area, or are already hooked on the region, this book can transport you there within a few pages.

I bought this book in Penang and read it there and on a subsequent trip through Sumatra. I took it with me on a trip to Uganda and left it at the Backpackers Campsite, Ruwenzuri National Park (AKA Mountains of the Moon). Hope it sees some interesting journeys from there.

 

Kitbaggers book project – travel literature on speed.

Have you ever handled a classic paperback and wondered where it’s been and whose hands it passed through? Do you love the well-handled look of a book that’s obviously seen decades of serious mileage through places you might only have imagined?

This project was conceived long ago through a conversation (in San Jose, Costa Rica) between a group of friends who’d wondered about these same things and thought it would be interesting to try to trace the history of just a few random books that we read on the road.

More than just a review – this is also the story of a single adventurous copy that’s probably still out there touring the world somewhere. Let us know if you find it.

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