The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World

The Turk Who Loved Apples And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World While writing his celebrated Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times Matt Gross began to feel hemmed in by the focus on what he thought of as traveling on the cheap at all costs When his editor

  • Title: The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World
  • Author: Matt Gross
  • ISBN: 9780306821158
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • While writing his celebrated Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times, Matt Gross began to feel hemmed in by the focus on what he thought of as traveling on the cheap at all costs When his editor offered him the opportunity to do something less structured, the Getting Lost series was born a immersive form of travel that allowed Gross to lose his way all oWhile writing his celebrated Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times, Matt Gross began to feel hemmed in by the focus on what he thought of as traveling on the cheap at all costs When his editor offered him the opportunity to do something less structured, the Getting Lost series was born a immersive form of travel that allowed Gross to lose his way all over the globe, from developing world megalopolises to venerable European capitals, from American sprawl to Asian archipelagos And that s what the totally new material in I ll Take It from Here is all about breaking free of the constraints of modern travel and letting the place itself guide you It s a variety of travel you ll love to experience vicariously with Matt Gross and maybe even be inspired to try for yourself.

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    1. Such a disappointment I love reading the New York Times I love the experience of traveling and discovering other worlds I really love memoirs Given all of that, I thought this would be a fantastic book or at least a really good read It wasn t.Instead of the digging into the type of self awareness that can make for a good memoir, the author chose to deliver a fairly bland travelogue He offered up a chronology of travel stops rather than describing to me what he saw and felt and experienced during [...]


    2. Hmmm, not what I thought it was going to be While there is certainly some travel in this memoir, it s far the author s musings on his own philosophy of travel than it is a travel memoir I was hoping for well written stories from round the world and instead was mostly inside Matt Gross s head, and inside his head it s not particularly eloquent Not my cup of tea, but it might be yours.Full review found on my blog asthecrowefliesandreadssp



    3. What made Matt Gross columns as The Frugal Traveler for the New York Times so engaging was the fact that he is, first and foremost, a good writer He tells a story not about the broad details of a place, but about how he experienced it There are far too many be sure to eat at this restaurant guides out there today What Matt is able to do is give his readers a reason to go out and explore.This book continues what has worked in his past writing, blending travel stories about people and places with [...]


    4. Usually I love short stories and travel stories but Matt Gross, while having interesting adventures, just can t seem to tell us a story all the way through The reading is very choppy because each chapter seems to start out telling us an adventure and then suddenly we veer off on random tangents But we never seem to come back and finish the original story I would wonder while reading, Umm, are we going to come back to the crazy guy pulled over by the cop Does this somehow relate to the crazy guy [...]


    5. The premise of this book interested me because I love to travel However soon after starting this book I realized Matt Gross and I would not make great travel companions I found him a little condescending and self righteous He likes immersing himself in a culture rather than seeing the sights but it is unrealistic for him to expect that of anybody who spends less than a year in one spot Even he himself can tell tales from each country but he never became a part of that culture So trying to achiev [...]


    6. Yes, Matt Gross rambles.Yes, he jumps around from trip to trip and year to year without notice From the reviews I ve seen here, some people couldn t deal with that Fine But Gross writes the way many most of us discuss our travel histories He connects with some of us, He doesn t connect with others That s fine, because for those he does connect with I count myself among them , this is a book that gets you thinking about where you ve been and what you ve done and why Why do we travel What do we wa [...]


    7. He should have stuck to short form journalism or blogs Had to abandon this one after 100 pages as it was too boring and self centered I never made it to the Turks who loved apples, which was the title that caught my eye.


    8. I like the Frugal Traveler column in the New York Times and have been a follower for some time This book, from the column author, was a jumble of personal thoughts, experiences and inner monologues on the authors life and travels It did not sustain my interest or provide any insights on travel.




    9. For once I get to read a travel writer who is a lot like me neurotic and an over thinker It seems like many of Matt Gross s anxieties about traveling and fitting in and doing the right thing are my anxieties, too For that reason, this book was very engaging for me for once there s somebody out there who is both comfortable and uncomfortable in the world and own skin Gross, who once wrote as the NY Times Frugal Traveler , recounts his experiences and reflections on traveling and being a travel wr [...]


    10. A really good account of the authors life as the writer of the NYT Frugal Traveller column I found his story most interesting and well written.



    11. Recently I had the chance to read The Turk who Loved Apples as I was provided an advance copy book hits on April 23rd, 2013 to review.Many of you know I am an avid traveler Often with my husband at my side, frequently with my friends along for the journey as well, and occasionally all on my own I set out for weekend adventures near and far across the globe I generally log at least 120,000 miles on Delta Airlines each year flying to and from various destinations With a love of travel and a love o [...]


    12. I agree with the other reviews I could ve have gone without all the small personal quips and hoppy storylines BUT do skip to Chapter 6 and read about being lost, then skip to Chapter 9 and read about how to return home.


    13. What happens when a New York Times travel writer, a man who actually depends on traveling for his living, becomes bored with the routine of traveling on someone else s dime If you re Matt Gross, author of The Turk Who Loved Apples, you stop writing the paper s Frugal Traveler column and start writing its Getting Lost column instead Despite Gross s claim that his sense of direction is so good that it is almost impossible for him to get lost in a strange city, his new column was a success The man [...]


    14. Glowing reviews of this 2013 book by former Frugal Traveler and Getting Lost columnist for the New York Times, made me want to read it As a young man, Gross picked up and moved to Ho Chi Minh City and from there explored of Southeast Asia, worked for a local Vietnamese newspaper, and eventually got himself various travel writing gigs In 2006, the Times gave him a budget for a three month, around the world trip, which was to establish his frugal traveler identity This, he says, was the job every [...]


    15. Matt Gross began his travel writing career right out of college when he took a job that required him to move to Vietnam for a year to work as an English teacher He found he loved living in a foreign country, figuring out the best way to maneuver the streets and find food and friends He wrote a few articles and soon found himself with a marvelous offer He became the Frugal Traveler for New York Times for several years This required him to pick up at a moment s notice and travel all over the world [...]


    16. Anyone who loves to travel has surely experienced some bitter envy of Matt Gross, perhaps best known as the former New York Times s Frugal Traveler With an up for anything spirit of adventure and a remarkable ability to befriend people anywhere he goes, Gross was an amiable guide to traveling cheaply in some of the world s most beautiful places and, of course, a person who surely had the best job in the world Who wouldn t want to be Matt Gross Gross s memoir of his globe trotting writing life pr [...]


    17. Ostensibly, The Turk Who Loved Applies is a travel book but really it s a rambling memoir by Matt Gross He is an incredibly well travelled individual who must have a plethora of interesting anecdotes about life in other countries right at his fingertips He chose to highlight his encounters with other people around the world Even that would have been great except most of these people seemed to come up lacking in comparison to Gross He comes across as self satisfied which is probably not what he w [...]


    18. The Travelers DilemmaI was a big fan of the Frugal Traveler column by Matt Gross in the New York Times Based on observations from a career based on travel, this book combines travelogue, humor column and keen insight into the world of travel The book is really about the world of the travel writer.The book wanders at times and includes some brilliant observations about people, his family, foreign culture and places These comments are both witty and, sometimes, sad In the writing, Matt Gross touch [...]


    19. Another disappointment This book looked so interesting to begin with and I read a couple of pages and liked the style It wasn t until I got into it that I realized that he not only lost his way around the world see title , he lost his way in his narrative.It s a bit like listening to a garrulous story teller saying, Now where was I and That reminds me off the time I left my underwear in Cambodia yuk yuk, now what made me think of that It s so random and he s so self satisfied Even his criticism [...]


    20. I ve given up I m about 3 4 of the way through this book and I ve given it all I can as I despise leaving books especially those I ve purchased only partially read But for this, I ve thrown in the towel because it s just so utterly exhausting Why two stars, then Because there are redeeming moments However, in between those rare moments are pages upon pages of rambling from one thought to the next While some reviewers here state that the way Matt Gross recounts his tales of travel is the same way [...]


    21. I wanted so badly to like this book by the former Frugal Travel columnist at The New York Times but it s a weak and wasted effort The best parts are quick glimpses of exotic lands where Gross felt truly challenged, but the volume is marred by overly self conscious internal dialogues such as the hoary discussion over whether after all this time the author considered himself a traveler or a tourist For Chrissakes, the author was a neither rather Gross was a well compensated travel writer working f [...]


    22. I really wanted to like this book Similar to other reviewers, I am a fan of memoirs and of travel books and of the New York Times The possibility for this book to be really interesting was thwarted by the author s intense self absorption and all around jerkishness I really leaned towards giving it two stars, but the few parts where he talks about actual travel without the reader feeling as if he she is being condescended to are very interesting.


    23. I always enjoyed reading the Frugal Traveler, not so much because it gave me tips on how to save money which it did and for which I was thankful but because I sensed that Matt Gross and I had a similar attitude towards travel This book suggests that I was correct This is a tremendous analysis of what he learned on his travels about himself and about the way we all travel There is the director s cut approach to the articles he wrote which is cool But really, what I loved, was the way Gross was ab [...]


    24. What a waste of time Surprising since I enjoyed his Frugal Traveler column in the NYT Self indulgent, shallow and silly, it taxed my long standing rule of finishing every book I start His arm must ache from constantly patting himself on the back If there was a prize for pettiness, he d win it annually I will say I enjoyed the two or three pages mid book where he describes his time with the title character Too bad there wasn t of that and less of Thai prostitutes, condoms, his brother Steve and [...]


    25. I was unfamiliar with Matt Gross before picking this book up at the Dollar Tree I loved it While my traveling hasn t been as extensive as Matt s, I could really empathize with his chapters on loneliness while traveling and on coming home I liked that he approached topics that most don t want to think or talk about when traveling e.g poverty, prostitution , but that you are most certainly going to face when traveling to other countries.


    26. Mediocre, sad to say, is the word that comes to mind I ve greatly enjoyed the Frugal Traveler columns in the NYT, but this book is much weaker, in both style and content The author comes across as a self absorbed young man, hardly the adventurous explorer of other countries that I thought he d been He s got lots to say about the social life abroad of young American expatriates, none of which interests me a whit.


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