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What Am I Doing Here? by Bruce Chatwin

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

Summary: Bruce Chatwin traveled the world a lot between the 1960s and 1980s. During that time he met a lot of unusual people.

Review: What Am I Doing Here? contained short stories and blurbs recounting many adventures that Bruce embarked on around the world. On these journeys, he met a lot of unique characters from a cult leader who believed he was Christ and used LSD on his followers to the famous Indira Gandhi.

Written essay style, some of the stories were too short while others dragged on and on about a historical fact instead of a person Bruce actually met. Occasionally, the stories would connect to each other, while others were random and unrelated. Regardless, the stories were definitely interesting. I often found myself forgetting that I was reading non-fiction because the characters were so peculiar it didn't seem possible for them to be real.

My main hang-up was that some of the very short pieces were abrupt in beginning and end with quick descriptions of people I was expected to know but had never heard of before. These pieces left me more puzzled than anything and anxious to just move on to the next story.

Overall, it was a quick, fun read that was amusing in many ways and made me yearn to travel.


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