Holidays in Heck


Holidays in Heck

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 265 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780802145956
  • DDC分類 814

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Over twenty years ago, P.J. O'Rourke published Holidays in Hell, the classic travelogue that found him searching for excitement in places like Warsaw, Managua, and Belfast. In Holidays in Heck, the man dubbed "the funniest writer in America" by Time and The Wall Street Journal steps into the new and slightly less dangerous territory of the family vacation. The O'Rourke clan treks to places as close to home as Disneyland and Washington, D.C., and as far-flung as China, all while P.J. attempts to dissuade his wife from shopping and keep his children entertained. His travels often leave him wishing he were under artillery fire again. At one point, the family takes a ski trip--to Ohio. Here, he warns his daughter not to ski out of bounds, "because it's completely flat." Later, during their visit to the National Museum of American History, P.J. calls the building, "ugly in a way that's best described as built in 1964." And one of his solo adventures takes him on a horse trek across the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where his route consists of cliff faces that leave him dangling very much off of his saddle.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Introduction: A Former War Correspondent 1 (6)
Experiences Frightening Vacation Fun
1 Republicans Evolving: The Galapagos 7 (10)
Islands, April 2003
2 Monumental Generations: The National 17 (6)
World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C.,
June 2004
3 Round on the Ends and "Hi!" in the 23 (12)
Middle: Ohio Skiing, February 2005
4 Riding to the Hounds versus Going to the 35 (18)
Dogs: Britain after the Hunting Ban, March
5 My EU Vacation: Reading the European 53 (6)
Constitution on a French Beach, Guadeloupe,
May 2005
6 On First Looking into the Airbus A380: 59 (16)
Toulouse, June 2005
7 If You Think Modern Life Is Awful, You 75 (10)
Haven't Seen Modern Art: Venice Biennale,
July 2005
8 My Wife's Got a Gun: Brays Island 85 (10)
Plantation, South Carolina, February 2006
9 A Freedom Ride through China: Spring 2006 95 (32)
10 Side Trip Up the Yangtze: June 2006 127(14)
11 A Horse of a Different Color: 141(18)
Kyrgyzstan, July 2006
12 Sweet-and-Sour Children and Twice-Fried 159(18)
Parents to Go: Hong Kong, December 2007
13 The Big Stick, or Why I Voted for John 177(10)
McCain: USS Theodore Roosevelt, April 2008
14 White Man Speak with Forked Tongue: The 187(12)
Field Museum, Chicago, May 2008
15 The Decline and Fall of Tomorrow: 199(14)
Disneyland, June 2008
16 A Journey to...Let's Not Go There: 213(14)
Summer 2008
17 The Seventy-Two-Hour Afghan Expert: 227(26)
Kabul, July 2010
18 Capital Gains: Washington, D.C., August 253(10)
19 Home Unalone: New Hampshire, March 2011 263