Reviews by Joel Zenzic

Tent Life in Siberia

by George Kennan

"Tent Life" is one of the greats of travel literature. Kennan provides vivid descriptions while avoiding the excesses of many of his contemporaries; and lightens and livens his account with a wry humor reminiscent of another contemporary, Mark Twain.

This work is one of very few accounts of travel in eastern Siberia; one of the least traveled parts of the world, even today. That Kennan's account is readable and enjoyable as well as unique is a wonder.

Very highly recommended.

Reviewed on 2012.11.27

Oh, Murderer Mine

by Norbert Davis

Carstairs, and Doan as sidekick and translator, raises this otherwise ordinary hard-boiled detective story to a higher plane, and a different genre.

The Carstairs/Doan stories (Carstairs insists on top billing. He does, after all, have a vastly superior pedigree.) are more humour than mystery; and at their best truly amusing humour. The mystery is just as secondary as that in Dorothy Sayers books. Davis may not reach that literary level; but his Carstairs books are well worth a read, and a fine, funny way to while away a quiet evening.

Reviewed on 2009.07.04

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