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The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing In The World`s Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations
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Author : Dom Joly
Publisher : Simon & Schuster
ISBN# : 978-1-84737-695-4
Pages : 279
Price:INR 1391
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Book Description
Dark tourism is the act of travel and visitation to sites, attractions and exhibitions which have real or recreated death, suffering or the seemingly macabre as a main theme` Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. Dom`s upbringing was interspersed with terrifying days and nights spent hunkered in the family basement under Syrian rocket attack or coming across a pile of severed heads from a sectarian execution in the pine forests near his home. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places. And in this brilliantly odd and hilariously told travel memoir, Dom Joly sets out on a quest to visit those destinations from which the average tourist would, and should, run a mile. The more insalubrious the place, the more interesting the journey - that`s Dom Joly`s view anyway. We follow him as he skis on segregated slopes in Iran, spends a weekend in Chernobyl, paintballs with Hezbollah and attempts to purchase Pol Pot`s shoes in Cambodia - oh ... and he tries to find out more about his schooldays with Osama bin Laden.
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