AA Gill is Away by A.A. Gill

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A. A. Gill is one of the most feared writers in London, noted--according to the New York Times--for his "rapier wit." Some even consider the mere assignment of a subject to Gill a hostile act. But when the notice "AA GILL IS AWAY" runs in the Sunday Times of London, the city can rest peacefully in the knowledge that the writer is off traveling.
"My editor asked me what I wanted from journalism and I said the first thing that came into my head--I'd like to interview places. To treat a place as if it were a person, to go and listen to it, ask it questions, observe it the way you would interview a politician or a pop star," Gill writes.
Upon his return, readers are treated to an account of his vacations to places like famine-stricken Sudan, the pornography studios of California's San Fernando Valley, the dying Aral Sea or the seedy parts of Kaliningrad.
The result is one of the most fascinating, stylish and irreverent collections of travel writing.
 

About A.A. Gill

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A.A. Gill was born in Edinburgh, but has lived in London for most of his life. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
 
Published November 1, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 324 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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and the mechanical glitz of Las Vegas, “where irony just curls up and dies.” Gill is that rare critic who actually has something relevant and profound to say about every place he visits.

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The baffled couple couldn’t figure out why he was apologizing, and the comedy of errors that ensued ultimately led to Gill apologizing for his apology—he claims there’s nothing the English like less than being apologized to for no apparent reason.

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Packing up prior to their departure for the North Country, Ailsa finds Jaime’s old diary and learns that her husband had married her on the rebound after an affair with Jessie O’Brien, a girl whom Ailsa had known well and who became pregnant by him but married an Irish sot.

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“Environmental disaster” doesn’t convey much, but horror is born anew when Gill visits the salt flats that used to be the Aral Sea, drained through a combination of communism and stupidity (the author would argue that this is a redundancy).

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Sometimes shocking, usually smart, always entertaining.

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