Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik by Marie Javins
Released: 2006

In this humorous travel book, Marie Javins recounts her trek through Africa through a series of anecdotes and short stories. If you've ever thought about traveling through Africa, Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik provides helpful insight into how your experience might go (including tips on how to handle the tricks street vendors might pull in an effort to scam you).

I purchased Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik because I've got to admit - the title drew me in. I figured an author who wrote a book with words that sounded like "dick" in the title would have an amazing sense of humor. However, unlike my experience with many other travel memoirs, I did not find Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik quite as humorous.

Javins makes several attempts at being funny, but something about the way she writes her stories gives me the impression that she's grown bored with sharing them. I honestly expected more quirkiness from this book, so as a result, I was a bit let down.

Although I was disappointed in the book as a whole, I will admit that Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik becomes a bit more interesting during its second half, but perhaps only because Javins' (slight) enthusiasm and vivid geographical descriptions about Africa make it worthwhile.

If you're looking for humorous travel memoirs, I highly recommend reading There's No Toilet Paper...on the Road Less Traveled by Doug Lansky, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write From the Road by Jennifer Leo, and Plane Insanity by Elliott Hester.

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