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My book club chose "Honeymoon with My Brother," and for the life of me I don't know why. Worse, none of the 15 people there admitted to finding the book weak. Is it possible that Wisner's true talent is to lure readers in with his charm and (arguable) wit, delivering nothing more substantive? Indeed, even I did not confess to my book club my utter distate for his collection of anecdotes.In my opinion, "Honeymoon with My Brother" was a waste of a good six hours of my time. It is merely a
I did give this book 3 stars, though I debated for quite some time, but then I went back and changed it, because, on reflection, I really really didn't like the guy. There did seem to be SOME important personal revelations at the end. The author did seem to WANT the book to convey that he went on this journey and found his true self in the process. However, I found it hard to get past the fact that what this book really was is the story of a rich Republican (who doesn't seem to come to any
The first thing I looked up when I read this book is what the heck is panic attack. I know I panicked when I couldn't find my glasses, when I forgot where I put my debit card, or worst when my family begin the inquiries when will I get married and have children! -oh father I know you want grandchildren but didn't you aware that milk and school fees are only available for the riches in this country?Anyway as usual I looked up to wikipedia and here's what I found, Panic attacks are very sudden,
I enjoyed some of the anecdotes from around the world, but I could have done without the preaching and unasked-for advice.I wanted to like this book, and I'll admit it made me think a great deal about choices we make and world travel, but most of all, I am left with a feeling of discomfort with the book's marketing and refrains. Now that Wisner is married it seems in poor taste to continue sketching himself as jilted. I don't feel that the angle of "left at the altar" [he was notified five days
This book was, at times, entertaining (so entertaining that I sometimes questioned his validity). But mostly I found it annoying. Or, I should say, I found the author annoying. If I had to hear about one more "tanned, long-legged, silky-skinned" woman he hooked up with in his sojourns around the world, I was going to stick my finger down my throat! It also bothered me how snobby he became as he traveled for 2 years. He, and only he, knew the right, the authentic way, to travel. He and his
The author gets dumped by his fiancee a few days before his wedding, so after a raucous and drunken weekend with friends, he takes his brother and his $77,000 semiannual bonus, earned by being a Republican press secretary and lobbyist, and heads out for an extended "honeymoon", renting his $500,000 house to friends and continuing to pay the mortgage in the meantime. So sad, right?I had a hard time getting into this book. Go figure. Wisner's eventual realizations are genuine and feel-good, but
The last fifth or sixth of this book was good, because then author Franz Wisner seemed at his most honest. At the point, the book felt a bit like a conversation. For that reason, I give the book two stars. As for the totality of the book, it has an interesting premise but falls dead flat. So Wisner first tells about how he gets dumped at the altar and gets downgraded at his job. However, since he's already booked the tickets for his honeymoon, he decides to travel with his brother Kurt. But
The author's fiancée dumps him, after a nine-year relationship, one week before his wedding. He celebrates what would have been his wedding day and decides to take his brother with him on what was originally to be his honeymoon. This book is about Wisner's self-discovery and getting to know his brother on their two-year journey, where they travel to many parts of the world. Personally, I would hope that the author has adjusted his far-right leanings a bit more to the left now that he's seen much...
Honeymoon with My Brother is a memoir of two brothers experiencing your run-of-the-mill, mid-life Republican backpacking crisis after the elder is jilted by his fiance a couple of days before his wedding. Deciding to plunge ahead with both a party for those already committed to arriving for the celebration and then onward to a honeymoon already paid for, sans the bride, what begins as a two-week break manifests itself to a two-year voyage of self discovery.Treading softly to begin, they start
I started this book without any commitment to finish it, but ended up being so interested, I sat down and finished it within two days. Since being abroad, I really enjoy reading other peoples views on travel, I think it helps me rekindle my love at times when it's lacking. I enjoyed his Europe, Asia and S.America trips, maybe because I'm less involved with those regions, so I had no biases against them. While he admits by the time he traveled to Africa he was living the high-life of travel
So I was a little skeptical about the premise, but for someone who is close to their siblings and LOVES travelling the story really made me envious as I read on. So many places yet to visit in the world.....
When his fiancée dumped him five days before their wedding, Franz called on his brother Kurt to help him cancel the event. Nonrefundable airline tickets, and deposits on the venue / musicians, etc helped make the decision for them. They held the party anyway, and then decided theyd go on the honeymoon together (with no champagne and no honeymoon suites). This is a memoir of a year and a half spent traveling the world, trying to forget.Boring.This should have been interesting, but I quickly tired...
This book is a must read for anyone who desires a life of travel. I actually found the concept amazing -- the PR guy for California Senator - and then Governor - Pete Wilson, left his lucrative job to travel around the world, "going deep," places that tourists don't usually go. The impetous for this journey was being jilted five days before his wedding. His partner "in crime" was his brother. The author, Franz Wisner, is an interesting writer. He has a way of taking the reader along on his
This book begins with a young rich man who is left at the alter by a woman he dated for 10 years. He goes on the "honeymoon" with his brother - who he wants to get to know better, and ends up learning about life through travel (no shock there). The writing is alright, some funny bits here and there. I had to push myself to get through the first half, but it picked up as it went along. As a traveler, you would not find anything earth shattering. If you do not travel, or travel on tours only, you
I got really bored and really tired of the story. Yea, I know it's real, and it's someone's life, but he went on Oprah to promote it, so I'm thinking he's doing ok without my hocking his wares.
The basic outline of Honeymoon with My Brother is that the author, Franz, is dumped by his fiance weeks before their wedding date, and he decides to travel with his brother to figure life out. He writes similarly to Bill Bryson, which is both good and bad. Good because Bill Bryson writes well; bad because Bill Bryson is annoying. He paints amazing pictures of the places they visit, at times bringing back my own travelling memories. I also now want to visit pretty much every place they travelled
White man gets the incredible privilege to quit his high-paying job and travel all around the world over the course of two years. He is, in turns, rude, arrogant, judgmental, ignorant, condescending, preachy, and pretentious. At his best he manages to be a combination of all of these. He is also often a whiny little baby. He included one of the most cringe-inducing sex scenes Ive ever read, obscenely detailed to showcase what a stud he is. He also lamented never being able to know his ex-fiancee...
it was less about the travel more about franz, franz, franz, and a bit of kurt (his brother) and the rest of the world.the editor either did the best they could or should get another gig...it was difficult to follow the time line when they returned to California to sell the house...when they traveled america after sept. 11 was just whining...as if adventures and seeing a different way of life only happens in countries in which you don't speak the main language.i realize that franz wisner is a
I expected this book to be better. I felt Wisner was a tad full of himself - even as he adjusted to getting dumped by his fiancee. When he started talking about his high-powered job - and how he had "held the checkbook" for his company for 5 years it really turned me off. Boo-hoo that his couch wouldn't fit into his smaller office - most people don't have a couch in their office. So my point? Weisner's a spoiled guy. And then yes, this embarassing and heartbreaking thing happens to him. So he
For a memoir/travel journal this was just OK.There were many things that I would have liked to read more about - such as things they saw that moved them in each country.I found myself caring more about LaRue than the honeymooning brothers! I would have loved to read more about her and think her story must have been a pretty fun one!For all the talk about Kurt's photos - I felt rather gypped that there were non included in the book - did we not deserve at least one for each continent?!My
This book is basically the guy version of Eat, Pray, Love. It's a bromance but made into a book. I thought it got progressively better as you ramble through the travels of this guy who got ditched at the later, had a mid-life crisis, took his brother on his honeymoon, and then around the world. Right around travelling to Southeast Asia - the book gets good. It's a bit too much of just reporting of his experiences rather than a telling a story, but there are enough poignant parts of real insight
The good: some interesting tales about places I'll probably never visit.The bad: a stunningly self-centered, privileged writer who spends two years and tens of thousands of dollars to discover that there are poor people in the world.Oh -- and there's the great moral revelation gleaned from the traveler in South America: "Do what's right." In short, if you have to spend that much time and money to learn that poverty exists and you shouldn't steal hand towels from hotels, then I think you're
As a mother to two grown sons, I liked this story very much. Basically, one brother is jilted by his fiance so the two brothers take an extended 'honeymoon' together. Some reviewers found the author to be shallow and self-absorbed. I did not. I mean, he's writing about HIS travels, HIS feelings, HIS experiences...so, OF COURSE the greater part of the story is about HIMSELF! Why would anyone expect it NOT to be??The writing is very good. And the story alone makes this one worth reading.
I actually enjoyed this book. I felt like I was along for the trip. After visiting 4 cities in two countries in 12 days I could never imagine 5 continents, 53 countries and all in just two years. I don't think I would be able to do the back-pack travel but it was quite an adventure. I think it is good read!
Despite being written from the perspective of rich, western privilege, (or maybe because of it) this was an okay read...up until the last 40 or so pages where the author's small, Americentric mind is emphasized like a bad punchline.
When Franz is dumped by his fiancee a few days before the wedding, he is shocked. The entire thing has been paid for, including the honeymoon. Franz surrounds himself with friends and family on the wedding day and then convinces his brother to take his honeymoon with him. The two travel to Central America and enjoy their time. Why not extend it? All Franz can think about is his ex-fiancee. He needs to break free and what better way than to travel the world. Franz quits his job. His brother Kurt
Prior to traveling the world with his brother, Franz Wisner was a press secretary for a US Republican candidate and then a lobbyist for a large corporation. It quickly becomes obvious that this is a story of a rich, privileged right-wing American who has decided to travel the world (after being demoted at his job and not after being left by his fiance as the book cover says). The author's political views really colour his perception of the world outside USA - he paints many countries in a very
All the plans were made for Franz Wisners weddingthe band booked, the reception paid for, the honeymoon abroad arrangedand his fiancée cancelled a few days before the Big Day. Whats a guy to do?Wisner, a Republican Party fundraiser and lobbyist, gritted his teeth and went ahead with the reception sans bride. But instead of cancelling his (mostly nonrefundable) honeymoon, he asked his brother to accompany him instead.The trip was so successful the two chucked their jobs and spent the next year
Read this book only if you want to feel the urge of strongly backpacking the world after. You have been warned! I really wish I was able to travel the world before September 11... Franz Wisner and his brother make it look easy. The adventure they went on sounds absolutely amazing and Im super jealous they were able to do so much before the world changed. All that being said, I couldve gone without all the womanizing, but I understand it was an important part of getting over Annie. All in all, I
This memoir tells of the authors decision, after being dumped at the altar, to invite his brother to join him on the honeymoon. They end up selling everything and spend two years traveling the world. Their adventures are interesting but I didnt feel like it was a very personal story and I disliked the sex scenes he stuck in for no apparent reason. Basically, I just didnt like the author very much and that kept me from really getting into the story.