- Tapa dura: 226 páginas
- Editor: Skyhorse Pub (1 de junio de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1602396523
- ISBN-13: 978-1602396524
- Valoración media de los clientes: 5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Ver todas las opiniones (1 opinión de cliente)
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº760.394 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Where the Hell Is Matt?: Dancing Badly Around the World (Inglés) Tapa dura – jun 2009
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Matt Harding created an Internet sensation with his awkward, limb-flailing dance of joy. His travels, and his bad dancing, have been viewed online nearly 75 million times. It started as a lark on a curbside in Hanoi, Vietnam. He did it for fun, but Matt's irreverent spirit caught on, and soon thousands all over the world were joining him in a simple expression of what we all, as humans, have in common. In his first book, a full-color travelogue, Matt shares, with refreshing honesty and wit, the adventure of creating his videos. He tells of jumping into the ocean with a humpback whale, sledding down a hill in Antarctica, and hitchhiking across the Skeleton Coast desert with a spare tire under one arm. Matt also reveals the unlikely story of how his passion for travel led to Internet stardom, a corporate sponsor, and an odd little pop culture phenomenon that strikes a deep emotional chord.
His book, like his videos, offers us a chance to share his unique experiences as he walks us through how he became the first person to dance with the world.
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Having read it, I can say it is just what I expected. Matt gives us little stories about the places we've seen in his videos and adds a bit of behind-the-scenes depth to the videos. The travel stories are broken up by intermissions about how it all came into being, and each phase that the viral story goes through.
So, let's be frank, Matt isn't a writer, at least not in the literary meaning of the word. He has a wit and dry humor that is very readable and entertaining, but these stories aren't going to make it into the New Yorker. That said, it's a nice coffee table book. The stories are short enough you can read one while waiting for someone to get you a drink and they are fairly entertaining, if not a bit repetitive. I found myself ready for a break after reading 2-3.
Who should read/buy this book? People who love the Matt videos. People who need a clever book on the table when others come to their house so they seem worldly and in the know on these things. Those looking to buy something for a recent college graduate who already has, or doesn't want, a picture frame, a candle stick holder, and/or an expensive pen.
It's a good book and worth the price.
So even though I have no idea why I started this book, I know why I kept reading it, stayed up late to finish and tracked down the You Tube videos to follow along. It's a really, really surprising good book!
The premise is straightforward: Matt Harding describes how he was dying a slow, dismal death in his job as a video game designer. So he quit his job and took a trip touring the world. One day his friend was shooting a video of a site and suggested Matt do a little dance. The dye was cast.
Matt's honest assessment of his unexpected journey to international fame is humorous and touching. Matt tours the world the way I'd want to - with no agenda, no fears and very little luggage. Since that won't happen, reading his book was a fun and totally easy way to hear about fascinating places that I never knew existed. It was like the real-life version of You Shall Know Our Velocity.
The chapters read quickly and use no flowery descriptions, but an unabashedly carefree view of the local culture and the occasional philosophical insight into what he learned by dancing around the globe.
Matt also provided details on how his simple dancing video went viral. Except for the unfortunate word in the title, this would be an excellent book for students and young adults.
I read this book on my Kindle. At the end of each chapter is a short video clip of Matt's dance at that location. I couldn't get them to play on my Kindle, so this would be a good option for a phone or computer app.
It was satisfying to get the background story behind many of the video clips, for example the beautiful Bollywood dance scene in India and the North Korean DMZ video. A few of the chapters left me wanting a bit more but maybe this was Matt's intent--not so much to bring the world to us, but rather to entice us to go out and see it for ourselves.
Briefly stated: well done, Matt, well done.
P.S.: Be sure not to miss the mini-flipbook animation action of Matt's dancing silhouette on the lower right corner of the page. I'm not sure if this was intended but it does seem to work.