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Up the Down Volcano

Up the Down Volcano In her first full length essay since her second book How Did You Get This Number New York Times bestselling author Sloane Crosley attempts to overcome the biggest hurdle of her life Literally Crosle

  • Title: Up the Down Volcano
  • Author: Sloane Crosley
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In her first full length essay since her second book, How Did You Get This Number, New York Times bestselling author Sloane Crosley attempts to overcome the biggest hurdle of her life Literally Crosley s Up the Down Volcano delivers a hilariously honest account of her trip to South America to climb one of the highest volcanoes in the world Armed with a prescription foIn her first full length essay since her second book, How Did You Get This Number, New York Times bestselling author Sloane Crosley attempts to overcome the biggest hurdle of her life Literally Crosley s Up the Down Volcano delivers a hilariously honest account of her trip to South America to climb one of the highest volcanoes in the world Armed with a prescription for malaria pills, a fleece vest, and a few feminine hygiene products, Crosley s attempt to channel her inner Jon Krakauer doesn t go exactly as planned As she experiences the effects of altitude sickness on her way up the volcano, her guide tells her to simply be tranquillo Crosley expertly describes the misunderstandings that arise through interacting with another culture in another language, turning the classic adventure story on its funny bone The results are, of course, touching and amusingly disastrous.

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    1. A fun quick read - not as good as her essay collections but still quite funny. I love Crosley 's writing and sense of humor. She also has a way of conveying deeper thoughts in a way that is not overly sentimental.

    2. This is a good three not a bad three. It was funnish but not a perfect little essay. At 34 pages of attitude, you really can't go wrong confirming that mountain climbing will probably never be your thing. By you I mean me. My poor ears can barely handle weather systems coming through at a "normal" altitude and I get vertigo climbing two flights of open stairs. As much as I chuckled at the writer's responses to what she got herself into, this (me and mountain climbing = bad idea) was a sad realiz [...]

    3. Can't get more accurate than "it was okay". If you're interested in her work, check out 'I was told there'd be cake'. I gave it 5 stars and I'm pretty sure I almost peed my pants.'How did you get this number?' was 4 stars for me.This is a quick read and has its moments though.

    4. Sloane Crosley, writer on assignment in Quito, Ecuador, decides to scale Cotopaxi two days after she arrives with no equipment, experience or acclimatization. Sounds like something my step mother would do. I enjoyed this novella. It's witty, observant and fast paced. I gave it three stars simply because I can't remember much of it a week after I read it. Perhaps it's my jet-lag or maybe it's more like a good joke that leaves your brain as soon as you finish laughing. There were some typos which [...]

    5. I can imagine that if no one had asked me how long I had been in the country, I might not have remembered reading somewhere that you can altitude sickness, and it's a really scary thing. But how do you figure that you need to start taking malaria pills on the side of a mountain that is covered in snow? Mosquitoes were definitely the least of her problems. Funny essay, well written, would definitely consider reading more of Crosley's stuff.

    6. The first thing I bought on my Kindle. It is a good introduction to Crosley's wit and writing style. This is an honest account of her trip to South America to climb the second highest volcano in the world armed only with a bikini, malaria pills, a fleece vest, and a few tampons. Traveling with a guide who speaks little English, she narrowly escapes death while climbing the second highest volcano. She redifines the term unprepapred.

    7. When I read the news that Sloane Crosley was releasing a new essay as a Kindle Single, I was so bummed out. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors after reading her two full length essay collections I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How'd You Get This Number this year. My mom tried unsuccessfully to convert me to an e-reader after holding the fact that I had no way to read Up the Down Volcano without one I finally realized that I can easily download the Kindle App to my Android phone a [...]

    8. After having read her other two books, and having just about liked them (Yes, I still don't think she is God's gift to book-world), there was no way I would've paid for this Kindle Single (is there a way I can publish them too, since that's what bloggers seem to be doing these days?), had it not been for the extreme love the husband carries for anything that has Crosley's name. I am in half a mind to think its her looks he likes and not her writing style, but I cannot totally strike off her writ [...]

    9. This is the antidote to those sprawling adventure novels about harrowing stoicism and bravery in the face of almost certain death. When the writer, a NYC-er, decides to climb one of Ecuador's highest peaks on a whim, and without a shred of mountain climbing experience, you know you're in for an adventure. She retells the experience in such a way that it's not only perilous, but hilarious. She finds the funny, even in the midst of severe altitude sickness. Her guide speaks little English, and mak [...]

    10. I expected more of this humorous travel story and was disappointed. There's been a lot of good humor/travel writing in the last few years like Eat Pray Love, An Idiot Abroad, Italian for Beginners, and Undress Me In the Temple of Heaven. It's not as funny or exciting as any of those titles. If you're looking for something similar, you will be disappointed. It was just OK. No big laughs, although the situation is humorous. I would also have welcomed a couple of more pages at the end of reflection [...]

    11. Well , this is very Crosley , very funny . Am also sure in 20 years she will definitely be known as someone who made a lot of money from writing kindle singles , that's a new name for blog posts these days ? As with each of her essays , this also gets to a point where you really start enjoying it and it finishes off , though not comparable to some of her other best essays , this one was a good read

    12. I thought this was a funny, enjoyable little read. For me, Sloane's writing is easy to digest and she always seems to find the humor in everything, even in her own bout with attempting to climb a mountain unprepared and her case of altitude sickness. A quick read, as Kindle singles usually are, and a nice look at how things go for those who are nowhere near the level of expert as far as climbing mountains go.

    13. I came across Crosley on an episode of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as she spoke about her work. Up The Down Volcano is a quick read and she pulls no punches. She lays her shortfalls on this adventure right out there for all to see. You have to like that kind of honesty even if you want to shake your head at her at times.

    14. My first Kindle Single. Very funny. Sloane Crosley captures the feeling of traveling when not everything is going as planned quite well. She has a great voice in all her essays, but this one in particular made me laugh out loud!

    15. This was a kindle single, and really short. I like crosley, and it was kind of fun to read her writing style applied to something other than early 30s girl in manhattan, but overall it was a little too lean to be satisfying.

    16. I've enjoyed Sloane Crosley's two essay compilations, so I was happy to put up a few bucks for the quick Kindle single about her trip mountain climbing. Not much to say, honestly - if you like Crosley, you'll like this.

    17. I've been trying to read some of the Kindle singles to support up and coming writers, and this was a decent short story. Crosley creates some vivid imagery but I found her humor to be a bit off -- and the overall story seemed a bit too close to a Rough Guide entry.

    18. Sloane never fails to amuse me. I have been a fan of her work for years, having just devoured her first novel, The Clasp. Up the Down Volcano is a road trip well worth the ride. It is a rollicking Ecuadoran adventure complete with a surly guide and a string of "What was I thinking?" moments.

    19. Hilarious!!! Echoed many experiences that I had while in Peru although I did not make the mistake of trying to climb a mountain as I knew it would end similarly to the way it ended for Sloaneabsolutely loved reading this!!!

    20. Once again I had the fun of reading a Sloane Crosley story immediately after I'd just experienced almost the exact same thing. From getting lost in Paris to altitude sickness in South America I sometimes have to wonder if we are living the same life, one year apart.

    21. I really enjoyed the style of Crosley's writing. I am putting her full lenght works on my to read list.

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