America Unchained

By Dave Gorman

Rating: 4 stars

Is it possible to travel from one coast of the US to the other without giving any money to The Man? This is the question that Dave Gorman posed to himself after a tour of the States where he was taken from one identical hotel room to another to perform. So to counteract this, he decides to start in LA and travel to New York using only independent motels, diners, grocery stores and, most problematically, gas stations.

I find Dave Gorman a very entertaining writer, and this book had me laughing out loud at several points. In saying that, I do sometimes feel somewhat guilty at laughing since I feel that I’m laughing at a man who has some genuine psychological issues. Half way through this book, he has a bit of a breakdown. Like he did in Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure. Like his obsessive search for namesakes in Are You Dave Gorman. I do worry a little about the man, but this didn’t prevent me from enjoying this book too much, whether it’s his director Stef’s obsession with mashed potato, the night they stayed in a beagle-shaped B&B or his bemusement when he starts researching the Mormons in Salt Lake City. There’s enough good humour and genuine enthusiasm in the man to make you care about his journey. Even when he is being an idiot.

Book details

ISBN: 9780091899370
Publisher: Ebury Press
Year of publication: 2007

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