It has been a long time since we have blogged about anything serious, and I do apologise for that. Lately, I have not been reading very heavy handed books. I needed something light hearted as things were getting too busy and I really needed light books to cheer me up or make me laugh.
I did not expect anything big for this book, as I have read his previous books (that I will review later), and they were not as good. It could have been due to my high expectations, but this one really gave me a lot of chuckles.
First of all, I don’t know whether your experience of the book would be completely different if you were to read the book before you watch the series. In my case, (obviously) I have watched the series before reading this. I have to say that out of all the books that he has published, I have found this to be the most delightful. I like reading other people’s diaries, and this one had a very diary-like feel with extra fun facts.
In this book, Carl talks about going to see the wonders of the world and his opinion of them. His honesty about the places he has been has been quite an eye-opener. When you have grown up being spoon fed that the wonders of the world are all wondrous, you automatically think that they are. Great wall of China? Sure, I would LOVE to go there, and before reading this, I would have thought that that was a great place to go to, but Karl’s insight from behind-the-scenes shows us that you probably have to get used to the Chinese culture, before you even get to see the wonder. This includes everything from their behaviour, to their no-walled toilets and the animals that they eat. You will also realise that you do not need to be fascinated with a wonder. You could not like it, and admit it, just like Karl. He calls it the “Wall of China” but he does not deem it to be “great”.
I would not know whether I’d like it because I have not been there. But I reckon, before you call him an idiot, I think he has some brilliant ideas of where things come from or what they do. Not many people can be an idiot and still curious about things, and he is. And for that, kudos, Karl.
P/S: Ricky Gervais probably thinks I’m an idiot now, because I have hinted that perhaps, Karl is not one.
P/P/S: This book also gave me an insight to how many days he travelled throughout the trip. I thought that he would get months off before going into a new country for the next wonder, but he usually gets about a week or two off before he’s on the road again.
Yes, I do want you to read it, especially if you want a laugh. To be honest with you, this book has helped me smile when I thought it was impossible. So other than learning about other countries and to read about someone moaning about going to so many places you would like to go and get paid, you also get a laugh.