|Turn Right at Machu Picchu:|
Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
The book failed to capture my imagination and fell flat as both a descriptive book and a historical one. I wanted to know more about the Incas and their reasons and purpose behind Machu Picchu and I wanted a feel for what the surrounding area looked and felt like. The author spent more time describing his adventures with diahrrea and its aftermath than he did the sights, sounds, and smells of the area. Once he finally got to Machu Picchu it felt really anti-climactic and I wasn't even sure that he was actually there. Then, he was suddenly home in New York. I confess I got a little whiplash there.
It's an entertaining enough book and the writer seems like a good guy but I didn't care for the focus on Bingham and the lack of description. I wanted to be transported and I wasn't.
3 1/2 lackluster stars.