Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on a

Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on a

  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago
  • Tim Moore
  • English
  • 13 September 2016
  • 9780312320829

10 thoughts on “Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago

  1. Kelly Kelly says:

    Hello traveling by ass This book is so hilarious that while reading it and laughing out loud until I cried a woman came up to me in the coffee shop and demanded to know what the title was so she could get it The writer Tim Moore out of mid life crisis whatever decides to walk el camino de Santiago a famous pilgrimage in Spain but he'll be arsed if he's going to carry his gear himself Enter Shinto a little burro who fears all things water bolts at the slightest provocation and makes a mockery of all donkey training or mistraining as the case may be that comes with him It's a travelogue by a prissy Brit with a semi uncontrollable animal to boot Wonderful stuff

  2. Robert Bovington Robert Bovington says:

    A Long Hard SlogSpanish Steps – Travels With My Donkey by Tim MooreA Review by Robert BovingtonI found this book annoying often tedious occasionally interesting and very occasionally funny So why did I find the book annoying Well to start with various critics have described the author as humorous – inside the book cover ‘Image’ described Tim as “Without a doubt the funniest travel writer in the world”; the ‘Irish Times’ even hailed him as the new Bill Bryson What rubbish I find Bill Bryson so interesting and amusing that I have read all his travel books two or three times and even his other serious works like “Mother Tongue” and “Shakespeare” are funnier and better written than Tim Moore’s book about his long expedition with a donkey Like his journey I found the book a long hard slogI found his writing style extremely verbose sometimes undecipherable and often plain irritating – okay the word ‘click’ may be military slang for a kilometre but I found the copious use of the word irksome I found his humour often grated – too many puns and too adolescent I certainly didn’t ‘laugh out loud’ but to be fair I did chuckle to myself on a couple of occasions I didn’t mind either some of his ‘toilet’ humour though there were too many references to donkey poo for my likingSo what were the good points Well Tim Moore follows the travel writer’s ‘well worn path’ by describing many of the places he visits and supplementing this with uite a bit of history He does this uite well He also manages to get across to the reader the sheer scale of the journey – the good bits and the bad Blistered sometimes sun scorched occasionally rain soaked the author does a credible job of describing his 750 kilometre trek across northern Spain accompanied by a donkeyI can applaud Tim Moore for completing the ‘Compostela de Santiago’ even if his ulterior motive was to provide material for a book However in my view it is nowhere near the best travel book I have read He may have walked the path of St James but he is not yet fit to be mentioned in the same company as Washington Irving Gerald Brenan Ernest Hemingway or Chris Stewart – nor Bill Bryson

  3. Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher says:

    I got so bored reading this book and it was hard to finish His writing stuck me as scattered and his writing style extremely wordyAnd the humorhmmI definitely wasn't laughing out loud like everyone else Sometimes the jokes were justout theresomewhereAnd the donkey As much as he jokes about animal abuse I couldn't help but thinkyepthat's pretty much animal abuse I mean really who just buys a donkey to take a 500 mile hike while basically refusing to learn how to care for a donkeyAlso I don't feel like I got a good sense of the landscape the people of northern Spain I read this in conjunction with Off the Road another guy doing the same hike and I'd recommend that instead Better pace and better blend of historyhumorawkward encounters Maybe because that author actually hiked the whole route without having family visit staying in hotels etc etc

  4. erin erin says:

    I'm happy to report I've found the antidote to the poison that was reading Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods Tim Moore's Travels With My Donkey He's a lot like Bryson but without the snark attitude superiority whining and misanthropy and with an actual sense of humour Which is to say he's not like Bryson at all I found myself running the laugh gamut from smiles to chortles to out and out giggles Along the camino he experiences not only fatigue and frustration but also good company and the kindness of many many strangers There is no big epiphany for Moore on his trek but he does learn how to take things in stride a million strides as it were straight across the North of Spain with his intermittently trusty steed Shinto at his side I haven't had this much fun with a book in a while

  5. Fiona Fiona says:

    I took this book with me when I walked the Camino in 2007 I wish I hadn't because it took up valuable space in my luggage Although some of his anecdotes rang true on the whole I found it lacking in any kind of detail about the experience the country the food the people and it just wasn't funny with the exception of his comment about FLAN you'd have to read the book unfortunately

  6. James James says:

    There can’t be many authors who have dedicated their book to a donkey But then there aren’t many who would take one on a 500 mile trek across northern Spain That’s what Tim Moore did and the result is an entertaining and informative account of his journey to the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela uirky one minute cranky the next Moore manages to gouge out the extraordinary from the everyday The people he encounters become players in his crazy theatre of life while he spares no ridicule for himself as he does battle against the elements the landscape and his stubborn travelling companion Previous journeys have taken Moore across the London Monopoly board and the Tour de France route So making this pilgrimage in a conventional way just wouldn’t do Realising the journey will reuire a shed load of euipment he certainly doesn’t want to be tainted with the label of a backpacker “People with rucksacks don’t have fun or if they do it’s the sort that involves a Thermos flask and brass rubbing” The solution when it comes to him is heaven sent A donkey carried Christ into Jerusalem so what appropriate beast of burden to carry the author's beastly burden on his own Via Dolorosa It becomes clear that Moore’s main purpose is not merely to complete the arduous journey with a moody mule but to recount how he did it In other words and you’ll have been expecting this he pins the tale on the donkey Shinto is indeed the star of the show with character in one of his animated ears than many of the two legged pilgrims trudging along the camino The author’s early attempts to get the reluctant creature across a wooden slatted bridge signals the beginning of a vexatious relationship between one man and his donk Yet as they make steady progress across the back of northern Spain there is a bonding Nothing untoward of course but eventually they reach an understanding about who’s really in charge – and it’s not the one with only two legs There are some genuinely sticky moments During one especially arduous stretch when Shinto sinks to the ground Moore is seriously concerned about his wonkey donkey His remedy for setting Shinto back on his hooves is as surprising for the donkey as it is entertaining for the reader Moore has to face all of the challenges of any other pilgrim but his difficulties in locating food and accommodation are compounded by the need to find somewhere to park his donkey Some of the locals are helpful some refuse them both point blank while others provide the unlikeliest assistance A drunken fireman for instance offers Shinto sanctuary in a deserted bullring Throughout the book the author explains some of the background to the history of the pilgrimage From its medieval origins to its rebirth as a purging exercise for New Age disciples the route has attracted its fair share of eccentric travellers Among its famous aficionados is Shirley Maclaine and Moore wastes no time in ripping apart the book describing her journey “Shirl’s book is so mad it howls at the moon he says a book that with any name on its cover but that of a Hollywood legend would have had orderlies with soft placatory smiles knocking on the author’s door” The spiritual aspects of the pilgrim route seem lost on Moore and he spends much of the time poking fun at his earnest fellow travellers Two Germans who eat an inordinate amount of candy are dubbed the German chocolate girls and an American woman given to telling conflicting stories about her origins becomes Baroness von Munchausen That said the book isn't without its heartwarming moments For part of the route Moore is joined by his family His wife is Icelandic and their children’s names – Valdis Kristjan Lilja bring a fairytale uality to the story But Moore’s treatment of his children isn't in the least sentimental and he's not above allowing them to upstage their father When Shinto balks at yet another small bridge his youngest daughter takes over A few whispered words Shinto’s ears prick up and he’s across the bridge in no time leaving the author to wonder what mystical power over animals has been imparted to his daughter At times one wonders if they will ever make it to journey's end especially since Moore comes across as being unprepared and pretty incompetent But his pain is our gain Every sun scorched rain soaked donkey driven blister bursting moment gives the author cause to amuse and enlighten his readers The worrying thing is what crazy scheme might he come up with next Across the Atlantic in a wheelbarrow The Trans Siberian Express pulled by huskies I can only hope he never reads this; it'll only give him ideas

  7. Anne Anne says:

    I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud while reading this The author's British self deprecating wit and clever language were just my cup of tea Beyond his fine writing though Moore is a keen observer of people and his surroundings and I appreciated the fascinating historical tidbits he included about the Camino which has been one of the world's great pilgrimages since the Middle Ages My only reservation about the book was his conceit to travel with a donkey when he knew so very little about the care of them His frustration with his donkey ultimately resolved and it could be that he embellished his description of their relationship for humor but there were many times while reading this when I felt that poor animal deserved better

  8. John John says:

    I've decided Tim knows just when to keep from going over the top That doesn't mean he doesn't actually do it every so often but he's talented enough to get away with it when he does Unlike his previous escapades he is forced to socialize a great deal on this trip And with a companion He and Shinto are perfect together; the dread of separation is palpable in the final pages Readers of previous books yours truly included have commented that his references have been highly Brit specific; Our Author seems to have taken heed as this time they are far balanced

  9. Elaine Elaine says:

    Just started this book but it seems to combine midieval history humor and adventure Ended up not finishing the book It didn't hold my interest and there are so many books to read

  10. Michael Grant Michael Grant says:

    Bored me to bits Can't believe this is from the same author as French Revolutions

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Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago[PDF / Epub] ☄ Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago Author Tim Moore – A man a donkey and a very long walk Moore's latest European adventure after French Revolutions and others finds him embarking on an ages old physical and spiritual pilgrimage across Spain to the famed My Donkey: Epub Û A man a donkey and a very long walk Moore's latest European adventure after French Revolutions and others finds him embarking on an ages old physical and spiritual pilgrimage across Spain to the famed cathedral of Santiago de Compostela Moore entertains with his snappy one liners and skewed Travels with eBook Ç views of with My Donkey: One Man PDF or the locals his fellow pilgrims and his own reasons for undertaking the camino Against advice to the contrary he pursues his search for a donkey to accompany him which upgraded his camino from big walk to revelatory voyage of self examination Moore shines in detailing Tim and with My Donkey: PDF Ç Shinto's Excellent Adventure during the day he accumulates clicks kilometers and cajoles Shinto across bridges grates and roads; afternoons and evenings are spent searching for donkey friendly lodgings and encountering a share of slammed doors Fellow pilgrims the Baroness von Munchausen; New Mexico Joe get full portraits between details with My Donkey: One Man PDF or of communal living and eating and the sordid intimacies of the shared bathroom His sections on the pilgrimage's history and the towns he passes however are dry in comparison to his anecdotal asides and may only appeal to history buffs or those who've traveled this route themselves While Moore may not have found his inner Tim he does take readers on an entertaining unusual adventureCopyright © Reed Business Information a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved.

About the Author: Tim Moore

My Donkey: Epub Û Tim Moore is a British travel writer and humorist He was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith In addition to his seven published travelogues to date his writings have appeared in various publications including Esuire The Sunday Times The Independent The Observer and the Evening Standard He Travels with eBook Ç was also with My Donkey: One Man PDF or briefly a journalist for the Teletext computer games magazine Digitiser under th.