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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
This is one of the most interesting travel guides I have ever read. Barry Robbins has hit a home run with Touring Guyana with Hemingway, Mick Jagger and Friends. Barry’s approach makes this fascinating book unique. He uses the different personalities of famous people to lead the tour in each interesting stop along the path to discovering Guyana. For example, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle guides the reader through the Guyana National Museum because of Doyle’s uncanny ability to notice detail and his insatiable desire for knowledge. Can you imagine the pirate Blackbeard giving you a personal tour of the old El Dorado Rum distillery? Barry has Edward Teach (Blackbeard) give interesting facts about rum and its origins. How would you like to explore the jungle with Tarzan? You will in this book. Discover these wonderful stories and many others as famous people personally guide you around this diverse and interesting country.
Barry Robbins’ book, Touring Guyana with Hemingway, Mick Jagger and Friends, appeals to all the reader’s senses and the lure of spending time with famous people. Who wouldn’t want a plane ride over amazing waterfalls with Amelia Earnhart? Barry draws the reader into Guyana by writing each chapter as if he were a different, famous person. This ploy is very successful, and the reader can easily imagine listening to John Audubon talk about the various species of birds. Even if you have never visited South America, you will feel you know Guyana after reading this book. Many people read travel guides because of the photos; however, it is Barry’s style of writing that keeps the reader hooked as they read each page, eagerly awaiting the next wonderful discovery. I highly recommend this book, even if you never plan to travel to Guyana. This may stimulate your imagination enough for you to add a visit to Guyana to your bucket list.