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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Going the Wrong Way by Chris Donaldson is a wonderful memoir that will also entertain fans of travel. When Chris leaves Belfast on his café racing Moto Guzzi at twenty-one, he has no destination, and little does he know that his bike won’t just take him places but on a journey of self-discovery, as he travels over land and sea, by boat or by train. The travels will take readers across countries and continents, including the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, North America, Central America, and others. It is a tale of courage in which the author encounters different cultures. He will be misunderstood, treated differently, welcomed in places where the immigration officer thinks he has emigrated to Syria, and experience more. He faces interesting situations at times, and heartbreaking ones, too. This coming-of-age narrative is exhilarating and his experiences as he travels through the Third World are hilarious.
The author writes in a style that is gripping and a voice that is observant and as readers follow the narrative, they get glimpses of the world he traveled through and the cultures and social situations in different places. There are fun and surprising moments; there are the challenging ones, and there are some that are breathtaking. Overall, it is an exhilarating ride that allows Chris to discover himself as he comes into contact with different people and diverse cultures. Going the Wrong Way is an exciting story that isn’t lacking in humor and the strong narrative voice gripped me from the first page. Chris Donaldson’s memoir made me want to pick up a backpack and hit the road.