What RW says
This is not a Lonely Planet guide to the Jewel of the Mediterranean, but a lighthearted diary of events on a guided tour.
Holidays eh? It's all very well travelling to a new country and exploring it yourself, but as you know very well, you can only but scratch the surface if you don't have local knowledge. Try picking a good operator for the insights and history that normal tourists miss completely, add a smattering of reflection and comic adventure recording a travelogue of Sicily, the focus of all the history of Europe, and you have this, a modern day 'Three Men in a Boat', except there was only one of me, and it was a bus. Here you will learn and hopefully be amused by my journey as it unfolds and guides you on a tour around this jewel of an island that everyone with an interest in history should visit at least once.
What the Readers Say
"I really enjoyed reading this book. The sarcastic English humor is really funny and intelligent. Also, the book is full of info about Sicily which one should definitely follow when visiting the area. You can also take a couple of "lifetimes advice" which I won't tell you so you can read it and discover it."
"Full of useful information and useless information written in an engaging and humorous style. Recommend if you are travelling to Sicily"And an example of a reader completely missing the point...
"As frequent travellers to Sicily and reader of travel books, my wife and I were looking forward to what we thought would be an account of the author's travels
around the island by public transport (Sicily - One Man in a Bus) but in fact the book is based on what appears to have been merely a single, short package tour.
The book is advertised as being comic, informative and a modern day "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K. Jerome. Unfortunately we found it to be none of these things.
We chuckled at Jerome K. Jerome as youngsters, laugh out loud at Bill Bryson and several other travel authors, but did not even smile at this. Another reviewer's
"cringeworthy" best describes the attempt at humour. We don't even get any information on his fellow travellers. The descriptions of various places and historical
sites are often just too shallow to even awaken curiosity. In many cases the reader is simply referred to a website for further information.
We can not recommend this book, but give the author one star for having climbed La Rocca in Cefalú."