A Review of 'an Idiot Abroad'

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An Idiot Abroad The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington Publisher: Canongate Year: 2011 Number of Pages: 225 Genre: Comedy ‘An Idiot Abroad – The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington’ is a written accompaniment to the hit television series ‘An Idiot Abroad’. The book not only re-tells the TV series, but also sports new, unseen parts from the series and offers a fresh, simple perspective on the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. I think it’s reasonable to say that those who find themselves reading this book will have seen the Sky1 series, ‘An Idiot Abroad’ of which this book accompanies and thus, not much of an introduction to Karl is required. However for the purpose of this review, Karl Pilkington is an English television personality,…show more content…
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading the book, it just wasn’t funny to me. Karl’s writing style however, was very interesting. I really enjoy reading informative writing and Karl certainly delivers in this category. Each chapter gives an in-depth look into everything Karl does. Being a diary the writing style doesn’t describe every little detail, but gives enough information and descriptive words to really draw you in. The book also features pictures taken from every trip. There are four points in the book were pictures are placed and each point consists of around 8 pages each. I really liked this as they are not only interesting to look at but fun to compare the image you’ve built up in your head with the real thing. One other thing about the structure of the book that I didn’t like was the way the ‘Karl’s Facts’ parts of the book were put in. Although informing they can sometimes break up the sentences and leave you having to go back to the last page to remember what was happening. The introduction to each chapter however, was very nice to see. It compared quotes from other books and guides on each ‘wonder’ with Karl’s view on it. This was humorous and offered a fresh perspective on the subject. My overall response to the book is that although funny in places, I feel that it really excels in the informative area. It was very interesting and, as I’ve said many times in this review, fresh. It wasn’t sophisticated and to ‘smart’, if you

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