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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Travel Problems Southeast Asia is a graphic travel novel written by The Daley Doodle. His book covers his adventures in Thailand, Vietnam and Bali from the perspective of his problems with each venue rather than the traditional light-hearted adventures usually described in some travel memoirs. The author dreamed of a life of travel and adventure until “a series of fortunate events aligned” and he was able to actually live those dreams. His friends wondered if he’d be writing a journal about his travels, but being an artist, he could only conceive of drawing his experiences. Those drawings became this book. And since travel not only broadens the mind but also tries the very soul of the traveler, The Daley Doodle presents the downsides he encountered “where the culture shock slaps you harder in the face than an agitated trout hooked up to a car battery’s tail.”
In his humorous graphic novel about travel, Travel Problems Southeast Asia, The Daley Doodle wryly juxtaposes a traveler’s expectations versus the unadorned and often revolting reality, particularly with regard to matters gustatory. Page after page of hilarious cartoons helped to instill in me the messages not to drink the water and to consider carefully the advantages of enjoying street fare. There’s also fodder for those who wonder about getting a Thai massage or enjoying a show in that country. I loved the bugs, geckos and random fauna stories the artist shares as well as the hiccups and misadventures in trying to access the worldwide web. I had a marvelous time seeing Southeast Asia through The Daley Doodle’s eyes and am looking forward to following his further adventures in exotic and far-off places. Travel Problems Southeast Asia is most highly recommended.