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Former war correspondent experiences frightening vacation fun with his family
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In this book, O'Rourke mixes solo trips with family trips, and he does a passable job of not m "Holidays in Hell" is one of my favorite books, it made me laugh so hard I cried, and I was expecting some of the same stuff here. In this book, O'Rourke mixes solo trips with family trips, and he does a passable job of not making the book a sick-making Daddy, Mommy and Kiddies Go To It's like he's well aware that his wife and kids will be reading the book and paying special attention to what he says about them, so he's tiptoeing around everything.

Yeah, I know people change, but this book was almost a waste of time. Jan 16, Nancy rated it it was ok Shelves: essays , nonfiction , non-fiction.

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This was my first P. O'Rourke experience. I expected a humorous travel narrative, but got a series of magazine assignments he's written over the past decade that took him to England, Asia and Afghanistan. The assortment included his personal experience with cancer treatment. Being pretty much the opposite of the author in lifestyle, gender, religious beliefs, and political affiliation, I was relying on his humor This was my first P. Being pretty much the opposite of the author in lifestyle, gender, religious beliefs, and political affiliation, I was relying on his humor to win me over, which it did in the Acknowledgments section at the beginning of the book.

I skimmed many of the succeeding chapters, however, which were much less humorous. His recounting of experiences involving his family were amusing; the cancer essay was funny and poignant. Although he's obviously not my cup of tea, I would recommend this book at my library to conservative-leaning engineers and business executives. Jul 06, Doug rated it liked it Shelves: humor. So, how does a former war correspondent learn to vacation when there is now a crew of significant others to cart along?

Can said significant others safely go to the same haunts as their father did during war years? What's it like to go horse riding in Kyrgyzstan and does that count as a vacation or 'life adventure'? Cancer treatment as a vacation? Answers and humorous ones at that are found in this tome from P. While the open mouthed guffaws may have been a bit far between, the ch So, how does a former war correspondent learn to vacation when there is now a crew of significant others to cart along? While the open mouthed guffaws may have been a bit far between, the chuckles abounded.

This is a book that I easily enjoyed in small doses - reading a chapter here and there - finally finishing the book in about months. I was in no rush - just enjoying the wit of the author and his crusty take on what constitutes a vacation. May 20, Gerald Kinro rated it liked it Shelves: humor-satire. Former war correspondent P. This time he has his family, including his children with him. If there is a fault to this work, it is the over- Former war correspondent P. If there is a fault to this work, it is the over-coverage of his children. They were funny at the beginning, but became repetitious as the book went along.

I prefer his works done in the third person. Nov 07, PopcornReads rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , humorous , short-stories , p-j-o-rourke. I really like his very dry sense of humor, so I enjoyed Holidays in Heck. He is still a curmudgeon — if anything, even more than when he wrote Holidays in Hell a couple of decades ago.

Jun 04, Emily rated it it was ok Shelves: arc.

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In Holidays in Heck, P. O'Rourke-- humorist, journalist, and political writer-- hovers between writing a travelogue and humor book and doesn't quite succeed in either. Split in to essays covering stories of trips to China, the Galapagos Islands, and Ohio, among others,O'Rourke shares the perils of travel, often focusing on travel with family.

Though O'Rourke's essays are tinged with his right-leaning political views, they only become overbearing and potentially offensive in the essay discussing In Holidays in Heck, P. Though O'Rourke's essays are tinged with his right-leaning political views, they only become overbearing and potentially offensive in the essay discussing the presidential election. However, Holidays in Heck contains neither enough useful information for those looking to travel nor enough jokes for those looking to laugh. Aug 02, John Orman rated it liked it. Not some of PJ's most hilarious work, but passable.

This is a followup to the political humorist's "Holidays in Hell. He makes light of both modern and prehistoric residents of North America while visiting the "Ancient Americans" exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. He recounts an old visit as a 10 year old to the House of the Future and TomorrowLan Not some of PJ's most hilarious work, but passable.

That essay is subtitled the "Decline and Fall of Tomorrow," so I think he does not believe that promised land of the future predicted by Walt Disney has been achieved. Oct 15, Richard Barnes rated it really liked it. It lacks the oomph that comes with reporting from war zones, but PJ is still one of the sharpest journalists alive. This book doesn't quite have the political edge of most of his writing, but there are still some sharp and subtle observations going on - he skewers the politically correct leanings and rewritten history of museums and declares the awesome might of a US Aircraft carrier to be the embodiment of why John McCain should have become President.

A more sombre, but still funny, chapter on It lacks the oomph that comes with reporting from war zones, but PJ is still one of the sharpest journalists alive. A more sombre, but still funny, chapter on his experience with cancer "Teddy Kennedy got cancer of the brain, I got cancer of the ass" rounds this collection off. Aug 01, Tara rated it it was ok. A book of travel essays. Some were pleasant to read, others were marred by the author's attempt at conservative humor.

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They were more interesting when he stuck to observations about travelling with his children the ski vacation in Ohio , or his trips to China and the Three Gorges Dam. Less interesting when there was some political point he had to make. Why, for example, did the essay about the awe and wonder of how an aircraft carrier works, need to be a jab at Pres.

Not sure. Anyway, pa A book of travel essays. Anyway, passed the time while I was on the train. Jan 08, Paul rated it liked it. Nowhere near as good as Holidays in Hell, I think P J is getting bored, or his priorities have certainly changed with a wife and 3 kids. There is barely any material to get under the skin of liberals, environmentalists, or Europeans, which is too bad, because that is what made his previous books so entertaining.

If you like P J then there is probably enough in this book to warrant reading it. If this is your first P. Jan 22, Bruce Reiter rated it did not like it.


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The chapters on travels to China including Hong Kong and to Kyrgyzstan were interesting. His neocon world view is unjustifiable in terms of economics and blood.

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His descriptions of the lake activities while being treated for cancer are in the style of Kuralt. If this book was a best seller as claimed on the price tag, I would have to say that it was purchased and rated because of past glories rather than as a serious or introspective piece. Feb 11, Maryann rated it liked it.

I'm not usually one to pick up a volume of political essays, though I've been fond of O'Rourke's writing since an ex introduced me to it. This collection has sufficient non-political travel tales that non-political junkies can also enjoy it though they may say "huh? I like the family stories, the travel stories, and the general humor of the book. Jun 22, Jesse Broussard rated it really liked it. O'Rourke at his flippant finest. Dealing with the four seasons dove, ducks, deer and quail , life and death, skiing and anything else he felt like writing about, the book is a delight.

He also tips his hat to Humboldt, and I accept the wry criticism as entirely too accurate, but short on weed. Jul 03, Terri rated it it was ok. I find O'Rourke an intelligent and witty Republican, except when he talks too much politics. He only did that a couple times in this book of essays, about short trips written over a three year period. My favorites were about a ski resort and a horse trek in Kyrgyzstan. He calls his kids Muffin, Poppet, and Buster.

Feb 29, Andrea rated it liked it.

Holidays in Heck - P.J. O'Rourke - - Allen & Unwin - Australia

This book isnt the kind of book that I normally read, but having received a copy of this I thought I would give it a go. I surprised myself to find that I really did enjoy it. One or two of the places mentioned in the book I had previously visited and there was lots of interesting facts, that I didnt know about them, so it made it a very interesting read. Jan 04, Marilyn rated it liked it.

Like many of these types of books, there are good chapters and uninteresting chapters. I am learning that I can skip the ones that don't interest me and still read the ones that do. The essay on the Airbus planes was fascinating--knowing that the "life-like" wing material was made just down the road at my favorite aluminum company added to the story.

Mar 17, Grindy Stone rated it liked it. Larger-than-normal print in this volume - either PJ is trying to appeal to an older audience or he's padding his books. Would like to see one more collection of essays that are rooted in journalism rather than travel writing for the sake of travel writing. Not as funny as some of his previous books, but as an older father I can relate to some of his stories about travelling with kids I guess. Jun 23, Lara Seven rated it it was ok.

PJ's conservative snarkiness has not been well served by parenthood. I used to really enjoy his books in the 80s and 90s but the newer ones just aren't funny enough for me.

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Jul 24, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , humor , political. O'Rourke is one of the best humorous authors working today. I will read anything he writes and laugh. These accounts of places you mostly won't want to go to will keep you chuckling the entire time. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About P. Patrick Jake "P. O'Rourke is the H. Don't Tell Me!. In the United Kingdom, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the s.

Two years ago, Howard Lipoff, 37, a New Jersey teacher, went to the Palestinian territories with Global Exchange and met with both Israeli settlers and a spokesman from Hamas, the radical Islamic group. This year he signed up to meet the Zapatistas. In Chiapas, Lipoff and his 13 companions spent hours in dense briefings on indigenous-rights negotiations, Mexican elections, globalization, fair trade and biodiversity.

On an overnight visit to Nuevo Yibeljoj, an impoverished community of displaced Zapatista sympathizers, the visitors lay their sleeping bags on bare planks, fought off mosquitoes and fleas and urinated behind bushes rather than face a stinking outhouse. Still, the tourists thought Nuevo Yibeljoj was worth the inconvenience. The 96 families there are members of Las Abejas the Bees , a lay Catholic group that was the target of an infamous massacre by paramilitaries in nearby Acteal.

Amid clucking chickens and barefoot children, they welcomed the tourists with candles, incense and an hour-long prayer ceremony in Tzotzil. Agustin Vazquez, 34, a coffee farmer, told how he heard shots during the massacre, ran to Acteal and found pools of blood everywhere--and his niece and her three children among the dead. But if some relished what seemed to be ringside seats at the revolution, others were more skeptical.

They wanted to know why Global Exchange hadn't scheduled briefings with Mexican government officials, to hear from those who see indigenous demands as a threat to Mexican unity, for example. Ryan Zinn, the trip leader, said government representatives have declined to meet with reality tours and that the group is not set up to satisfy the complex visa requirements for official delegations. Meanwhile, not every event got the thumbs-up. At the end of the trip, eyes glazed over during a two-hour harangue by a bandanna-coiffed ideologue in the town of Oventic.

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