If this book isn’t badly written, then why is it still bad?
How far can humor carry a boring (and narcissist) story?
Can we really read about warfare as if it was just an adventure?
Is this book just about a physical feat, or is there something more to it?
Aren’t less words sometimes better, even if the words are beautiful?
Why do these travel stories from 19th century Germany remain so recommendable?
Why is it so much fun to read Medieval travel stories that are at least partly untrue?
Are we looking at a career-obsessed explorer or at a blueprint for Indiana Jones?
Is this a book that you can enjoy even if you’re not interested in polar bears?
What makes this book such a pleasant read after more than two centuries?