Fortune Hotel

by Sarah Champion, Martyn Bedford, Emer Martin, Jean McNeil, Grant Morrison, Helena Mulkerns, Emily Perkins, Will Sell, William Sutcliffe, Esther Freud, Nicholas Blincoe, Douglas Coupland, James Flint, John King, Simon Lewis, Toby Litt, Howard Marks, Geoff Dyer

From the moment that we see the jacket, where half of the words are back-to-front and upside down, we know that this book sees things from a differentperspective.

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  • Average Rating: 3.68 out of 5
  • Original Title: Fortune Hotel
  • ISBN: 0140292098 (ISBN13: 9780140292091)
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From the moment that we see the jacket, where half of the words are back-to-front and upside down, we know that this book sees things from a different perspective. Fortune Hotel is a new departure–the first collection of alternative travel writing. The chemical generation no longer need to drop Es to get spaced out–travel is the opiate of all the contemporary writers whose unusual itineraries are collected in these postmodern peregrinations.The tone of the design is continued by the apposite first story from Martyn Bedford which is, literally, full of shit: a drug-dealing backpacker comes a cropper through his dysentery. Then we have Howard Marks telling us of his way-out exploits, smuggling dope in his arse through customs. “Time for another joint”, says Marks. Or another story. If some of this teeters towards crass posturing, this semi-inverted collection nevertheless offers some interesting and challenging tales. Those by Toby Litt, Will Self and Jean McNeil are beacons of sharp writing and astute observation.The pathways of escapade and adventure charted in this anthology are linked by hotel-sink realism and the sepia tinted ennui of failed sexual encounters, leavened by the often humorous observance of the vulnerability that is the true fate of the traveller abroad. –Tabitha Vert