A Tramp's Wallet
May 31, 2011
Author: Sam Pickering
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Mercer University Press (April 2011)
Though I dislike straight comparisons between authors and books - given that one of my favorite books of all time is Bill Bryson's Australian travel book, In a Sunburned Country, I couldn't help but compare.
Sam has the same wonderful sense of sarcasm just oozing out of his pores as he experiences oddities and frustrations of traveling as Bill does. He pepppers his sentences with little jabs and barbs while still making the tiniest observations incredibly interesting.
I loved the oddball people he met while in Australia and commiserated with him as dealt with international travel and all that it involves.
I very much enjoy reading these types of books, with their little pithy tales of foreign locations and the people's day to day habits that we might find confusing and sometimes even startling. I will happily add Sam to my short pile of books that I keep by the bed for a quick read before snoozing off.. right next to Bill.