3 out of 4 stars
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The Ultimate Island by Amit Offir is a travel guide, which is written from an inspiration by his frequent travel to exotic tourist places around the world. This book mainly focuses on his trip to Malta, a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, which is well known for its 7000 years of history, beautiful landscapes, and the hypnotizing turquoise color water of the sea. This book is written as a diary of his daily activities during his seven days stay in Malta. In the foreword, Amit narrates about his earlier trips to vast landscapes of Siberia and his desire to travel a small country, where he can visit more places nearby by less traveling. Moreover, he gives some details on the travel preparation and also tells about his experience of learning to start a fire in the wild, as well as learning to climb a coconut tree. He stresses enough about the value of learning these two life-saving skills, which though appears to be simple, but needs an ample practice to acquire them.
In this book of 907 locations when opened with Kindle, the chapters are named as the sequence from the day one to day seven. Amit explains how he arrived in Malta, about the stay, and the inexpensive yet fulfilling food that he got. He tells that the Republic of Malta is made up of several small islands, and only three of these islands are populated. The exotic places for a beach vacation, diving, and extreme adventures are spread across the small villages surrounding Malta. The details about the capital of Malta, and the history of Malta from the period of knights are elaborated in an interesting way.
I recommend this book only to teenagers and the above-aged people who are interested in going to vacation and also to those who are interested in history, especially about Europe, and the two world wars which affected Malta. I like the way the author connected the important places of visit around Malta with its history, therefore, kindled a desire to travel in me. This book could be appealing even to young adults who want to go for an adventure tour as it gives some tips on survival in the wild.
I do not recommend this book to the people who don’t wish to go out of their town and also to those who are not interested in history because, apart from Amit’s experiences during traveling and depicting European history, there is nothing else in this book. Since this is a travel book, and at several occasions, Amit mentions about inexpensive food and cheap fares, but if he had quoted the actual price in Euros at that time, it could have been helpful to decide on the budget for a tour.
The thing I liked the most is the allure that the author has for traveling, learning new skills, and goal of living the life to the fullest. At the beginning of each day’s activity, there is a quote by Napoleon that is quite inspirational. Amit’s vast traveling experience,his good habit of seeking new taste, and new ways of enjoyment at different places, thereby deriving pleasure from each and every bit of those attractions is worth noting. I was really fascinated with the eye-catching photographs of the places he visited and the descriptions given in the book.
The thing I disliked the most is the numerous grammatical errors were found in this book and some typological errors. One of the errors I found in the sentence “During his trips he explores the place.....“, which should have been “During his trips, he explores the place .....“ to be grammatically correct. Another error found in the sentence “.....I decided to look for sunnier and warmer location .....”, which should have been “.....I decided to look for a sunnier and warmer location.....” to be grammatically correct. Initially, I decided to give all the four stars for its impressive content, but after looking at the editing errors, I could give only 3 out of 4 stars.
The Ultimate Island
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