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O’Rourke’s journeys take him to locales both near (and nearly bizarre) and far (and far from normal). Having made a joke that Ski magazine takes seriously, he winds up on a family ski vacation - to Ohio. The highest point of elevation is the six-foot ski instructor his wife thinks is cute. Convinced by an old friend and one too many drinks that “a horse trek is just backpacking on someone else’s back,” he finds himself (barely) in the saddle, crossing the mountains to a part of Kyrgyzstan so remote that the Kyrgyzs have never seen it. He visits Kabul for the food and conversation (excellent lamb chops and a droll after dinner story about the mullah and the cow). He even takes his kids to his erstwhile home away from home, the bar at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong.
“‘Would the little ones like something to eat?’ asked the waiter. They serve food at the FCC? Who knew?”
Holidays in Heck shows P. J. O’Rourke in top form - a little older, a little wiser, going to the bathroom a little more often, but just as darkly funny as he was in Holidays in Hell. Here is a hilarious and often moving portrait of life in the fast lane, as he’s always lived it - only this time with the backseat driver that marriage entails and three small hostages to fortune strapped into the booster seats.
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By roger w patton on 03-09-12
Holidays in Boredom.
I loved Holidays in Hell and have remembered several quotes to recite over the years and still laugh at them. O'Rourke has lost his funny edge in this dreary,boring sequel. Don't waste your time and money on this turkey.
By avdefsa on 12-28-11
P.J. is the funniest author writing today
If you could sum up Holidays in Heck in three words, what would they be?
Sharp, Enlightening, Engaging
What did you like best about this story?
While O'Rourke never fails to amuse, there's a lot to learn in this book. I really like the chapter about China. The chapter on cancer treatments is a good read as well.
Any additional comments?
Keep them coming, P.J.
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