Mr Snack and the Lady Water Brendan Shanahan
Mr Snack and the Lady Water is the title story of a compilation of hilarious travel essays by writer and journalist Brendan Shanahan.
In Mr Snack and the Lady Water Shanahan embarks on what was supposed to be a luxury cruise down the Yangtze River, only to find himself on a three-day endurance test aboard a leaking tug in the company of an intrusive roommate – the mysterious "Mr Snack" – a pair of neurotic American spinsters and a thousand baseball hat-wearing tourists.
In Friends in DC, Shanahan contemplates the transitory nature of friendships formed on the road as he rejects the affections of a sinister black albino and a sexed-up Norwegian fisherman.
In Mr and Mrs Kumar Make a Plan, Shanahan is sucked into the strange world of Indians Mr and Mrs Kumar as he becomes the unwitting mediator of their strained relationship with their children.
Other stories in Mr Snack and Lady Water include an account of dental surgery in the Philippines, a close call with a gunfight in Johannesburg, the bizarre world of working as a Bollywood extra and many other, equally unexpected, adventures from Shanahan's travels.
"Shanahan has a style that recalls David Sedaris or the funny gay nephew of Bill Bryson" – Independent Weekly.
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Australia/NZ 2013 ·Melbourne University Press
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