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by Roger Rapoport,Bob Drews,Kim Klescewski

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Download I Should Have Stayed Home: Hotels  - Hospitality Disasters At Home and Abroad epub
ISBN: 1571431209
ISBN13: 978-1571431202
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Roger Rapoport,Bob Drews,Kim Klescewski
Language: English
Publisher: Rdr Books (August 30, 2007)
Pages: 170 pages
ePUB size: 1765 kb
FB2 size: 1909 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 412
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"It was then I heard another much more desperate sound: a guttural moan beyond screaming ... The scruffy junkie who had been in my room the night before was being carried out of a nearby room, the flesh eaten off his feet ... He had stepped into something tasty on his way home from the opium den. As he had slept the numb, opium sleep, rats had come and eaten their fill." - From HOTELS, chapter "A Night at the Rainbow"

As one who rates recreational travel higher than even recreational reading on the list of life's pleasures, I was less entertained than expected with I SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME: HOTELS. Since it's a compendium of travelers' stories about hotel stays that range from the inconvenient to positively horrific and which fulfills the title's promise, I'm a little puzzled why my reaction to it is so muted. Perhaps it's because of the claim on the back cover that the volume is a "hilarious book." It isn't particularly. I can't help thinking what a travel writer with the tongue-in-cheek talent of, say, Bill Bryson, could have done with some of these tales. Where's Bill when you need him? Most of the chapters are narrated in the same neutral tone as one might hear in a confessional, and some with endings so abrupt that I suspect they were taken out of a larger context.

Not all the contributions left me yawning. "A Romantik Mistake" by Nadine Payn, "Night of the Army Ants" Mary Mackey, and "Pool Wars" by Gail Mejeur piqued my interest. On the other hand, "Hotel Play" by Findell and Antalek verged on the incoherent. One chapter leaving me particularly annoyed was "A Sloth Named Alf" by Anne Schellman, whose overwrought reaction to an orphaned and otherwise inoffensive sloth residing in her dorm on an Ecuadorian farm is hard to fathom; our cats provide more just cause for annoyance. Jeez, just chill, Anne.

As many times as I've stayed in lodgings around the world, perhaps I'm just lucky that my worst experiences wouldn't even rate a short paragraph. Or maybe it's because a bad room is, 99 percent of the time, just no big deal when compared with the worst that life can throw at you. Drop the key at the front desk and move on.
Instead of paying good money for this book. I will be donating my copy to my local library so others won't have to make the same mistake. This was a not funny and not even that interesting collection of travel stories. I've read funnier and better stories in the various travel magazines I subscribe to. It was supposed to be about hotel disasters but one story was just about being stuck with an annoying travel companion (yawn!) and another was about being hit with bad weather during the trip, not the hotel's fault surely? Don't waste your money.