Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
|Rating||:||4.47 (501 Votes)|
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“A darkly comic romp.” Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer, The New Yorker“An environmentalist book that avoids the usual hyperventilation, upending stubborn myths with prosaic facts Blackwell is a smart and often funny writer.” Wall Street Journal“Witty and disturbing Call this the anti-guide book.” New York Post "Required Reading"
It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on EarthParis, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. Equal parts travelogue, expose environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue's gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offerand approaches a deeper understanding of what's really happening to our planet in the process.. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.Visit Sunny Chernobyl fuses immersive first-person reporting with satire and analysis, making the case that it's time to start appreciating our planet as-isnot as we wish it to be
What a great read! Language is a little salty at times A. Penrod What a great read! Language is a little salty at times but the humor is biting and the content is informative. Excellent book!. "Or, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Polluted Planet."" according to Tim Bartlett. I'm a fan of both adventure travel writing and ecological nonfiction, and Visit Sunny Chernobyl is a solid, highly entertaining instance of both. Blackwell doesn't necessarily claim to be writing either, though -- he's just a tourist who wants to vacation in the world's most polluted places, and has written the missing travel guide for pollution tourism.It's a brilliant conceit. But what makes the book successful. Starts with a bang, ends with a whimper I bought this book because of the terrific titlewhoever thought of it, the author or an editor, is a genius. I was captivated at the beginningthe chapter on Chernobyl is terrific, as is the one on the Alberta tar sands. But then he starts to lose direction, and we get more and more of him and his relation with his girlfriend, the "doctor," and by the time he gets to the last chapter, in India, he's really gone ad
He is a 2011 Fellow in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation of the Arts. Visit Sunny Chernobyl is his first book. . ANDREW BLACKWELL is a journalist and filmmaker. He lives in New York City