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The Backpacker by John Harris. For fans of Alex Garland's The Beach , a true story of out-of-control travel. John's trip to India starts badly when his girlfriend, with whom he is traveling, returns home. Left to his own devices, he soon finds himself looking at the sharp end of a knife in a train station cubicle. Fast forward to the Thai island of Koh Pha-Ngan, where John, Rick, and their new friend Dave pose as millionaire aristocrats in a hedonistic Eden of beautiful women, free drugs, and wild beach parties.

However, when they find themselves hotly pursued by the Thai Mafia, they embark on adrenaline-fueled journeys to Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and Hong Kong, facing danger at every turn.

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This is not travel writing for the faint of heart: Published July 30th by Summersdale Publishers first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Backpacker , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 28, Jamie rated it did not like it Shelves: John Harris is exactly the kind of tourist that has destroyed places like Thailand and made millions of people around the world think of Westerners as shallow, self-absorbed hedonists.

Read this book to find out how not to travel. Backpacking, such an innocent thing for those on a gap year to do.

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John Harris has just arrived in India with his girlfriend. Even though her parents are Indian, she hates the country, and after a bit of a row, she decides to head home. Harris is in a bit of a qu Backpacking, such an innocent thing for those on a gap year to do. Harris is in a bit of a quandary about what to do, but his more pressing need is to do something about the man pointing a knife at him in the train station toilets. He is saved by Rick, who manages to persuade him that his present plans are a bit boring and he needs to live a little more.

The Thai island of Koh Pha-Ngan is a tropical paradise with its warm seas and golden sands; but there is a much darker side to it. The first time they visit, their new friends Dave finds a freshly severed finger in the undergrowth at the back of the beach. They soon forget about it though as the wild parties, drugs and beautiful women have much more appeal. They are pretending to be rich aristocrats, but soon the game is up and they are trying to get out of Thailand to escape the clutches of the mafia. They make it into Malaysia.

They decide to keep moving, travelling to Indonesia and Singapore before making the most foolhardy decision of their trip, and steal a boat… This is not a travel book for the faint of heart. Harris and his two conspirators seek hedonistic excess at any cost, indulging in drink, sex and drugs as well as theft and taking huge risks. It is well written though; at times it reads like a thriller as you race through the pages to see just what is going to happen next. There is the head in the hand moments too, when he does yet another dumb thing and you are sitting there thinking, why?

I think that it reflects more of what happens on backpacking holidays too, much more that you will ever know as a parent. A good read, but also quite a worrying book. Apr 01, Juliane rated it did not like it. The adventure story is a nice page turner. Apart from that, it's no literary master piece. The main characters and if this is based on a true story, so the author have no empathy or even interest in the people of the countries they travel in.

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They are portrayed as either ripping them off or, well, being hookers. Women are The adventure story is a nice page turner. The backpackers themselves just take whatever they want without any self-reflection, empathy or sometimes even common sense.

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I am glad not all backpackers are like that, and those people who are like portrayed in the book, shouldn't be allowed to travel. Jul 28, Dan Walsh rated it did not like it. I felt annoyed I wasted my time reading it. Mar 09, Wilhelmina rated it did not like it. This book is not worth the effort it took to read it. I rated it a one star, because there are no "minus" stars. Luckily I did not buy this book, but downloaded it from a library This book is really awful, and quite stupid. Harris starts out in India, ditches his girlfriend and job, and leads a rather criminal life I tried to find a redeeming value to this book, plodded through it, had to skip parts of it I don't know who this guy is, and if he is still writing his awful prose, but hope to avoid any other books by this so called author Nov 01, Francesco Bifera rated it it was amazing.

The concept and story of 'The Backpacker' is truly exciting and amazing, it really depicts the trials and tribulations of the events of backpacking and all the different opportunities one can be presented with living each day differently. The story displays so many different emotions and can be enjoyed by a broad range of social population.

This is a truly captivating book which wants you reading more, it really consumes the reader and makes one believe they are traveling alongside, bearing the The concept and story of 'The Backpacker' is truly exciting and amazing, it really depicts the trials and tribulations of the events of backpacking and all the different opportunities one can be presented with living each day differently.

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This is a truly captivating book which wants you reading more, it really consumes the reader and makes one believe they are traveling alongside, bearing the strengths that the author and companions face. Anyone who enjoys travelling, backpacking, culture, and adventure will thorough enjoy this book. A great inspiration and eye opener to how diverse the world is, and how one can really experience differences from their decisions. May 19, Tom rated it did not like it Shelves: This kept showing up in my suggested books list, so I finally read it.

The reviews were mediocre so I should have expected it, but my god it was so bad. The only saving grace is that its short. The book has no real ending, the characters are like caricatures although they may be based on the author who come across as self-absorbed assholes who think they're better than everyone else. Some parts of the book are just ridiculous, mainly with the money problems and the boat.

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Do This kept showing up in my suggested books list, so I finally read it. Doesn't do anything to capture the setting, instead just focusing on the three jerk-offs the book is based on. In the beginning, it was a nice read, a little bit funny, a little bit appealing, a little bit surprising. Later on it started to feel and sound trashy, but in general - I enjoyed it.

The story had a lot of holes and a lot of unbelievable and surreal twists. The only reason why I was enjoying the book is because I visited couple of these places before reading the book, so it was nice to read about Asia, Australia and India in these paragraphs from another perspective. That's why it got two and not In the beginning, it was a nice read, a little bit funny, a little bit appealing, a little bit surprising. That's why it got two and not one star, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone to read it, unless you like easy reading.