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Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Review by Som Panha / Khmer Times Share:

To normal folks, a holiday is an exciting time, but for Mr Bean, holidays invariably turn into disasters. Wherever he goes, he creates problems for himself. On the other hand, they also leave him with beautiful moments to remember.

In the second series of comic books based on the “Mr Bean” movies, Mr Bean wins a holiday to Cannes, France. However, the troubles start as soon as he begins his journey, as Mr Bean cannot speak French.

Mr Bean was supposed to take the train from Paris to Cannes, which should take less than six hours, but catastrophe strikes and he misses the train. He loses his suitcase, passport and wallet, managing to save only his video camera, which he uses to video himself on the trip.

Mr Bean must find a way to reunite Stepan, a boy whose father misses the train thanks to Mr Bean, with his father at the film festival in Cannes.

Despite having no money, Mr Bean continues his tourist adventures and meets Sabine, a French actress who dreams of becoming a famous film star. She gives him and Stepan a lift in her car to Cannes…while the French police are looking everywhere for Bean.

Will the three of them finally (and without any problems) make it to their destination?

Rowan Atkinson, the author – he is also the actor who plays Mr Bean in the film – released “Mr Bean’s Holiday” in 2007. According to an interview he gave with the publisher, Scholastic, this may be the last in the Mr Bean comic series.

As a fan of Mr Bean, I enjoyed reading every detail of this book because it offers a traveller’s perspective of being in a foreign country.

What I learned from the book is that no matter where we travel, the journey is the destination. Sometimes, what we remember from a trip is not the details of where we went, but how we got there.

It is something that is not easily described in a few words, but “Mr Bean’s Holiday” does it perfectly.

I would like very much to recommend this book, or even the movie, to those who seek to come out of their shell, leave their comfort zone, and explore the world beyond their everyday lives as holidaymakers. Author Rowan Atkinson

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