Book Review: Drink Play [email protected]#k

Drink, Play, [email protected]#k: One Man’s Search for Anything Across Ireland, Vegas and Thailand by Andrew Gottlieb keeps ending up in the travel narrative shelves – not least of all because it’s clearly cheekily reminiscent of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love – and it reads like a travel narrative too. Traveler Bob Sullivan, the “one man” of the title, is apparently the fictitious invention of the author; but one can hardly stop from wondering how autobiographical this novel/travel story might be.

410ww5igjil_sl500_aa240_In any case, the premise of the story is simple: Bob Sullivan’s wife suddenly leaves him for another man after eight years of marriage. He’s in his late thirties, suddenly single, unsure of what to do next so he decides to go around the world. Well, not quite around the world, as he just picks three places to spend his “year off”: Ireland, Las Vegas and Thailand.

And off he goes, with all the usual travel tales of disaster, mayhem and companionship along the way. Fiction this may be, but there are plenty of cultural and touristy anecdotes and details to tell us plenty about life in these parts of the world. It’s also written in an entertaining style and features plenty of the activities suggested by the title, making it a good vacation read.

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