[Read] ➪ Are You Experienced? By William Sutcliffe – Motyourdrive.co.uk

Are You Experienced? chapter 1 Are You Experienced?, meaning Are You Experienced?, genre Are You Experienced?, book cover Are You Experienced?, flies Are You Experienced?, Are You Experienced? b0ef3b6dcc95a A Hilarious Novel Of A Young Man S Misadventures In India From A Fresh New VoiceLiz Travels To India Because She Wants To Find Herself Dave Travels To India Because He Wants To Get Liz Into BedLiz Loves India, Hugs The Beggars, And Is Well On Her Way To Finding Her Tantric Center Dave, However, Realizes He Hates Liz, And Has Bad Karma Toward His Fellow Travelers Jeremy, Whose Spiritual Journey Is Aided By Checks From Dad Jonah, Who Hasn T Worn Shoes For A Decade And Fee And Caz, Fresh From Leper Washing In Udaipur With Refreshing Honesty And A Healthy Dose Of Cynicism, William Sutcliffe Offers A Transatlantic, Nineties Version Of On The Road That All Readers Will Enjoy


10 thoughts on “Are You Experienced?

  1. says:

    Fucking Hilarious.As a british private school educated prick myself I felt compelled to read this book from the moment I read the blurb And I wasn t dissappointed one bit.The book is centered around a cynical, horny and sometimes downright hilarious teenage boy on his gap year called Dave Dave and his best friend s girlfriend are left in London whilst Dave goes off travelling Dave ends up infatuated with her and so when she starts talkign about plans of the two of them travelling to India together, Dave follows along with these plans intent on bedding her, as expected of a guy his age.As he gets to India he slowly but surely begins to realise that it was quite a grave error as he is travelling with a girl that may as well be the oil to his water.The tale that then ensues is one of utmost hilarity, admist serious questions of teenage soulsearching and depressive lonelyness.One has to really commend Sutcliffe s impressive sucess at really capturing the real essense behind the whole gap year travelling fad that has cropped up And he did so whilst keeping me laughing the whole way through.Really a must read for anyone who s about to head to university, in university or even just out.


  2. says:

    I read this years ago in Udaipur and kept it with me as a souvenir of travelling and travellers Yesterday I saw it on the shelf, took it down and read it or less in one go, finishing late last night Although it s rickety in places, this is a funny, entertaining, TRUE book about that whole backpacking, gap year scene, which will tickle anyone who has travelled through India, or indeed, Asia or Africa It hits most of the targets it aims at and makes some telling points in amongst the pisstaking and giggles Its a shame there s not on India itself as Sutcliffe is a good writer and when descriptions come, they re true and telling He goes for bright and breezy and, later on, some contrived plotting, which is a shame On the whole, though, this is good, chucklesome fun.


  3. says:

    Nothing special, but nothing awful, either Just average.God, I wish I hadn t bought this I could have done a lot with those pounds Yes, I am a self confessed stingy bitch when it comes to cash.But hey it got a few laughs out of me, so that s definitely a plus But anything else I m afraid not I didn t care about ANY of the characters except maybe Ranj Liz was a bitch Dave was a self obsessed twit And the description of India was pretty basic, too I could have produced the same book or even a better one through simply using the internet for a country search None of the little details made me think that the author had experienced India himself It all felt like regurgitated stuff he d read somewhere else, or heard from a secondary source.Basically don t buy it Reading it doesn t take too long, and isn t that much of an ordeal a la Fallen But buying it DON T I wish I hadn t.


  4. says:

    Travel is a journey of self discovery Dave travels to India to be with Liz He discovers that he hates Liz only a bit than he hates India Actually, Dave doesn t hate everything about India the dope is cheap and plentiful Still, he has to put up with his fellow travellers, who overuse the word amazing and go on about Mother India but tend to hate actual Indians.William Sutcliffe s book sends up all of those well off Westerners who go to India or any other part of the non Western world , copies of Lonely Planet in hand, and act condescendingly toward the locals and natter on about the spiritual superiority of poverty I was reminded of the lyrics from Holidays in Cambodia by Dead Kennedys Sutcliffe characterizes this as a poverty tourism adventure holiday , a new form of colonialism It s well off people, who can afford to desise affluence and take their standard of living for granted, telling the rest of the world how lucky they are to be poor.This book was great It was cynical and deliciously vicious and very funny.


  5. says:

    Are you experienced is the ultimate backpacker s novel Set in India, it deals with all the cliches, bull crap and annoyances of backpacking The story is told by Dave, a nineteen year old, who is as cynical as he is socially unsure and sexually insecure He teams with his only friend s girlfriend to go on a three month trip to India, which they both experience very differently Everyone who has traveled himself outside the Western world will recognize Dave s experiences and frustrations.Sutcliffe s novel is very humorous, but meanwhile even the unwilling Dave changes through his trip, and the novel comes out less one dimensional as it seems to start.Recommended to all backpackers, and to all people who hate them.


  6. says:

    It was completely dull It had some funny moments, yeah, but they were few And there was no character development at all Stupid required reading.


  7. says:

    Supposedly a satire of backpacking, this extremely short book instead reads like a whiny, self absorbed travelogue where the main character learns nothing and changes not at all while trying to navigate the subcontinent There are occasional dead on points, especially when skewering young backpackers tendency to travel the world just to get stoned with other young backpackers It s funny, I said What You know how Manali just feels right Yeah How you can travel through all the stress and the money grubbing, then you arrive here and, like, instantly know that you ve found the real India and everything Yeah I mean, it s odd, because in all the time I ve been up here, you re the first Indian I ve had a conversation with So I dunno it s as if the best bits the bits that feel most like India are the places where you don t have to talk to any Indians There That s the best sequence in the book I just saved you the cost of buying it, although if you have 4 hours to kill, this book wasn t painful just mostly pointless Mostly For those who don t know, Manali is a stoner backpacker s paradise, and is pretty far removed from anything real in India.


  8. says:

    Another smart, funny critique of backpacking culture, this time written by a Brit Unfortunately, I believe it s out of print, as I had difficulty ordering it from for my cousin, but I found my copy at the good, old fashioned library This is a good book to read alongside The Beach by Alex Garland But this one is a little positive it takes a humorous route, whereas The Beach takes a dystopic route.


  9. says:

    Tepid, as with all Sutcliffe s books It s like an anaemic Waugh loosed on the same turf as Alex Garland Gap year backpackers are an irritating breed no satire dealing with them should want for either material or laughs This does.


  10. says:

    Disclaimer I received this for free in exchange for an honest review from Penguin Going into this I thought I wouldn t like it because of the sexual content, particularly from a male perspective but I actually really enjoyed this reading experience.This is effectively a satire about the theme of travelling on a gap year, and it is a coming of age story of the male protagonist Though reading from the male perspective was a little strange at times, I found the characters to be realistic, having known some people similar to these in my own life The writing style was quick and funny throughout and though I had a few problems with it, I really enjoyed this novel The India setting was interesting to read about but I would have liked a bit of the descriptions of the different locations However, I understand why the author didn t include that and I think it added to the personality of the protagonist that this wasn t included.Overall, I would recommend this book if you are looking for a male coming of age story or something that deals with travel.


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