Glass reviews Foreign Fool by Alan Platt – a chronicle of travel misadventures

HERE is a collection of true travel stories and misadventure, Foreigh Fool by Alan Platt is written by a raconteur so crafted in seemingly casual hilarity, that this reader found himself wishing, halfway through, that these things had happened to me, just so I could tell the stories down the pub. Platt’s gift is  for telling tales that never end well, in countries where the language barrier is often broken, no – obliterated – with the international parlance of sex,  drinking, illness, random acts of violence, and miming chronic constipation via the gestures of Garbo’s Camille.

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From being mugged in Saigon, finding himself “lost, stoned and naked” in a Moroccan desert (but wearing fake Ralf Lauren shades – he’s a stickler for detail) to facing an emetic  feast of hairy spiders in the killing fields of Cambodia, The Fool plunges headlong into a series of grim but fabulously funny fine messes, wildly entertaining, irrepressibly irresponsible in the experiencing of the events, but word perfect in the recounting of them. Lives like a jerk, but writes like a dream.

Foreign Fool

by Graham Mitchell

Foreign Fool ($13.99) is available on Amazon

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