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  • Title: Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
  • Author: Andrew Blackwell
  • ISBN: 9781605294452
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 kindFor 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.
    Visit Sunny Chernobyl And Other Adventures in the World s Most Polluted Places 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

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    1. This author has a weird bee in his bonnet about finding the beautiful, the friendly, the cosy and the endearing in the least attractive of places In his introduction he describes a visit to Kanpur which says it all Kanpur was recently awarded the title of India s Most Polluted City by its national government.What followed was an intensive, three day tour of dysfunctional sewage treatment plants, illegal industrial dumps, poisonous tanneries, and feces strewn beaches The crowning moment was our v [...]

    2. I felt a little conflicted about this book Taking the book at face value, I really enjoyed it Blackwell has a surprising way with words and his story telling is at times laugh out loud funny and endearing Overall, he s not the investigative journalist many people assume he would be with writing a book about the most polluted places on earth I would have liked a deeper investigation into many of the places he visits, but that s not the point of his book He put himself out there for an adventure, [...]

    3. Like any good travel book, Andrew gives us a feel for the places he visits and muses about what it all means Except he s not visiting Victoria Falls or St Petersburg He s visiting Chernobyl, the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch, Port Arthur Texas, and other grungy places His narrative is fun and sometimes insightful He really doesn t think much of the oil industry, and that started to wear a little thin And you probably don t want to read the chapter on Indian river pollution while eating as I did [...]

    4. Who knew petroleum could be so adorable I needed a light read in between other reads, and this fit the bill The author travels to the world s most polluted places and pretends as if he could ever think about being a tourist there He isn t there as an activist And it s a little weak, but it does tie a few interesting places together It s the writing that drove me crazy He writes like he would talk in a casual setting, not leaving out the you knows and hey maybes I m torn as to what I think becaus [...]

    5. If while picking up this book you re concerned this may be environmental or greenie propaganda hidden in a humorous title, worry no Blackwell, despite a keen sense of the environment is a genuine pollution voyeur, a main with a love of ruin.There is a good balance found within this book While Blackwell s shared experiences of pollutourism are imparted with a unique visceral glee, he also successfully imbibes us with the history and science of each attraction Along the way Blackwell also explore [...]

    6. The title article was excepted in the New Yorker a few months ago It was a pleasantly written essay and I looked forward to seeing from Andrew Blackwell Unfortunately, the rest of the book is not as durable As a travel journalist, Blackwell does a better job of describing people than environments Though the people are interesting, I want to know about the conditions of their worlds More fundamentally, this narrative is woven with a thread of the authors own life, which distracts from the journ [...]

    7. A great blend of entertainment and enlightenment I read this book for research and ended but loving it Blackwell visits seven of the most polluted places in the world He starts off at Chernobyl and finishes at a sewer polluted river in Delhi And although the subject and the facts were often truly horrific, the relaxed writing style made it very funny The stories are made memorable and stayed with me because of the writing style Some myths are debunked but most of the messages are clear humans ar [...]

    8. Let s start off with a quote, trust me you ll enjoy this To understand the Chernobyl accident, it helps to know something about how electricity gets generated and, specifically, about nuclear power though not so much that your eyes glaze over.In general, power plants generate electricity by spinning turbines Picture a big hamster wheel and you get the idea Each turbine is connected to a generator, in which a conductor turns through a field of a strong magnet, thus creating electricity by magic M [...]

    9. a really good idea here, visit very polluted places on earth as a tourist but do your research so you can write intelligently about cause and affect and local cultures but also write in the ironical hipsterism style to try and be funny while having an overall tone of wide eyed american innocence so thatwhat you can claim you are just a wide eyed innocent when it comes to actually analyzing the places you visit cause that s what the author does, he cops out, a bunch.he visits Chernobly, alberta T [...]

    10. I recommend this book to everyone who are planning to visit some of the world s most polluted sites and why not also for people who are not planning to visit this kind of sites because they are polluted Whichever group you belong to, this book makes you, like Mr Phil Collins himself puts it, to think twice.Even though, none of the environmental problems were particularly new for me, and my suspicion is that they are not very new for many people, the very best thing in this book was the social pe [...]

    11. Well written and entertaining, the author takes the reader with him to some of the largest wastelands in the world The first chapter is the focus on Chernobyl Finding a guide to take him to the center of the disaster, the reader cannot help but be upset by the lack of common sense of the engineers who were to blame for this largest radioactive disaster Using a sense of humor, what could be pedantic is rendered as fact in a serious, but not over dramatic style.

    12. An eye opening book Disguised as a travelogue, the book is really a window to the places humans are polluting the most My favorite sections were the ones about Chernobyl and the one about the Pacific garbage patch which clarified a lot of questions I had about this larger than life accumulation of trash.

    13. This is an immensely informative book on different types of pollution world wide It s also a great travelogue as the author unearths information and explores the personalities who live in these areas One of the strengths of the book is the variety of sites under scrutiny The author is not out to lay blame on evil doers but he literally exposes what life is like in these areas.The diversity of habitats gives us a view of how the people live except in one area, but a little about this later We vis [...]

    14. Of course, the title grabbed me but this is a fascinating glimpse at ecotourism by someone with an interesting sense of humor Andrew Blackwell visits Chernobyl Ukraine , Northern Alberta Canada , Port Arthur Texas , the Pacific, the , China, and India to see for himself what human beings can do and what that means for the futurechokengtitik

      titikchokeng5 Of, fission People make it sound so complicated, but any chump can get the basics p.7 If journalism can teach us anything, it s that local pe [...]

    15. Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the World s Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell had an instant appeal for me I love travel books, I did my Peace Corps service in tiny Moldova a close neighbor to the Ukraine which took a giant hit of the Chernobyl radiation due to the winds that day so I appreciate off beat places, and like many people I desperately want to find out about pollution around the globe, how it affects my family and how it can be reduced Sunny Chernobyl met my requ [...]

    16. I was 3 4 of the way through this book when I heard the author being interviewed on satellite radio I have appreciation for the book after hearing the interview Isn t that interesting when that happens One of my problems was that I wanted MORE information about these places But, as the author points out, there is just so much we don t know about the lasting effects of things like Chernobyl Scientists can t even agree on how many people died when Chernobyl blew up the estimates are wildly diverg [...]

    17. Part travel, part science, part autobiography I loved this book This was one of the most enjoyable, informative, and unique books I have read in awhile The author embarks upon a quest to visit the most polluted places in the world Andhe does Along the way he lives and learns and seems to form a shifting understanding of how we discuss human beings place in nature Blackwell has an infectious curiosity and a self deprecating sense of humor that I found quite charming and compelling I learned some [...]

    18. This book started off really interesting, but near the ending it lacked It was still a good read, but I was capable of putting it down without wondering what was going to happen next However, I did enjoy the authors way of writing, and all the running jokes he included, like how he referred to things as the size of Texas and the people screaming AUGHHHH I really wish I could say about it, but nothing really comes to mind It wasn t enjoyable, okay I stopped reading it completely for a few days [...]

    19. Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell tells the story of himself, a tourist who wants to travel the most polluted place on Earth The book is set in Kanpur, India, where it was named the worst and most polluted city in India by its own government Not wanting to go to a beautiful place, like Paris, Italy, Spain, or Hawaii, Blackwell wants to experience a journey to the most polluted places, where he did not know he had found how others had lived and had a mysterious feeling he never had before [...]

    20. Not terribly deep as journalism goes, but an entertaining read with some worthwhile considerations about what constitutes nature in the Anthropocene 3.5 stars.

    21. Highly entertaining travelogue as Blackwell visits places that are polluted or otherwise environmentally damaged in a variety of ways It made me want to visit some of these places myself but not Linfen, China.

    22. This is a good book The author decides to visit the most polluted places on earth Not because he is an environmentalist or a scientist, but for vacation He finds highly polluted places beautiful and fascinating First, he goes to Chernobyl This is surprisingly similar to the movie THE CHERNOBYL DIARIES except there are no killer mutants He hires a man to show him around, tours an abandoned kindergarten, and admires all the plants and animals that have reclaimed the place He carries a radiation de [...]

    23. Excerpted from the full review If Andrew Blackwell s book were a boy you used to date, he d be the cardigan clad loner who d nick your dad s best weed and keep you up all night with hot, intellectual discourse He s not necessarily the one you want for homecoming, but God, how you d like to travel the world in his post anarchic company.And travel the world you will, in Visit Sunny Chernobyl Oh, the places you ll go Northern Alberta, to check out some oil sands mining Port Arthur, Texas, where the [...]

    24. Environmental tourism s next great idea visiting the most polluted places on the planet Everyone s love s a top ten list how about the 10 most polluted places The author tours us through the exclusion zone of Chernobyl which is rapidly becoming Europe s largest wilderness zone without people, the tar sands region of Alberta which is an engineer s wild fantasy of big machines, and there are even people who love Port Arthur Texas He takes a voyage with a miss guided group of environmentalists atte [...]

    25. Visit Sunny Chernobyl, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Polluted Planet I m a fan of both adventure travel writing and ecological nonfiction, and Visit Sunny Chernobyl is a solid, highly entertaining instance of both Blackwell doesn t necessarily claim to be writing either, though he s just a tourist who wants to vacation in the world s most polluted places, and has written the missing travel guide for pollution tourism.It s a brilliant conceit But what makes the book successful i [...]

    26. It sounds like a silly idea at first visiting seven of the most polluted places on the planet and treating them as vacation spots But from the moment he hits the ground in Chernobyl and as we follow him to Canada, Texas, the Pacific Garbage Patch, Brazil, China, and India, Blackwell is an engaging story teller, combining anecdotes with facts, philosophy, interesting observations about environmentalism and the environment, and his own personal journey.It s also fascinating to take a guided tour o [...]

    27. I don t read too much non fiction, especially non literary non fiction, but a book club I recently joined forced me to take a shot at this one I finished it, and I m very glad I did I like Blackwell s approach he provides detailed, thought provoking data about some of the world s horribly polluted places, but at the same time questions the philosophy that lies at the foundation of many of the Western world s environmental initiatives that human beings have no real place in the natural world He w [...]

    28. I finished Visit Sunny Chernobyl today And I made my computer guru kid read the section on China where they break down recycle electronic components It s a thought provoking book Blackwell visits describes the places people there, but leaves you to draw many of your own conclusions I typically enjoy travel memoirs, and this book is no exception It brought me to corners of the globe where I ve never been and most likely will never go I like respect that Blackwell visits the places that most peopl [...]

    29. 3.5 starsAndrew is rather fond of looking for beauty in places few would ever call beautiful His appreciation for the earth and interest in how we are destroying it converge in this book as he travels to some of the nastiest places that we humans have made.We visit Chernobyl, as the title states, but also places in China, Brazil, Canada, America and India We see what our lust for oil, our need for electricity and for cheap products has resulted in He even joins the crew of a ship and searches wi [...]

    30. This book just caught my attention the second I laid my eyes on this book in the library Didn t take it back home with me the first time, but it got stuck somewhere in back of my mind So next time I visited library, I took Visit Sunny Chernobyl And Other Adventures in the World s Most Polluted Places home.Did I enjoy reading it Well, yeah I did It was informative, as I actually wasn t even aware of existence of some of the locations, or histories behind them Andrew Blackwell certainly has unique [...]

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