Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell

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9 Critic Reviews

But for the most part, his humor is exactly as dry and wry as the subject demands.
-AV Club

Synopsis

For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.

From the hidden bars and convenience stores of a radioactive wilderness to the sacred but reeking waters of India, Visit Sunny Chernobyl fuses immersive first-person reporting with satire and analysis, making the case that it's time to start appreciating our planet as it is—not as we wish it would be. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to our biosphere's most tainted, most degraded ecosystems, and a measured consideration of what they mean for us.

Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue's gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer—and approaches a deeper understanding of what's really happening to our planet in the process.
 

About Andrew Blackwell

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ANDREW BLACKWELL is a journalist and filmmaker living in New York City.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Rodale. 320 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Education & Reference, Travel, Science & Math, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Visit Sunny Chernobyl
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Jun 01 2012

Humor and dry wit lighten a travelogue of the most polluted and ravaged places in the world.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 05 2012

...this entertaining, appealing, and thoughtful travelogue covers some of the world’s most befouled spots with lively, agile wit.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Moynihan on May 25 2012

...an environmentalist book that avoids the usual hyperventilation, upending stubborn myths with prosaic facts.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Phil Dyess-Nugent on Jun 25 2012

But for the most part, his humor is exactly as dry and wry as the subject demands.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Daniel Kalder on Jul 13 2012

The book thus becomes more interesting as it advances...

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The National

Excellent
Reviewed by John Henzell on Jun 30 2012

Instead he opts for a conversational travelogue style... and combines potted histories of the issues involved without becoming involved in invective.

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Lonely Planet

Excellent
Reviewed by Anita Isalska on Aug 08 2012

Deftly drawn characters and self-deprecation keep this darkly intelligent book nimble and hilarious.

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Luxury Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Jill Franclemont on Jul 01 2012

I would have enjoyed a bit more of him in this book, and a bit less Environmental Studies 101.

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At Home With Books

Good
Reviewed by Alyce on Jun 21 2012

It’s a very engaging book, and one that I found that I readily enjoyed and have now recommended to a number of friends since I have finished.

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