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Foolishly I read some reviews when I first entered this book I was disconcerted because the ratings of the first reviews to catch my eye were so low I know better than to bias myself like that but I really was not prepared to like GF and braced myself for a whiny self absorbed prat Thankfully GF herself cleared my head of such mean spirited assessments Forthright honest mindfull and alert to the rare angle her message may not appeal to everybody but hers is a thoughtful book not airbrushed for posterity nor plumped with pc sentimentsThis is my opinion that I will supplement with some choice uotes asap This is a memoir of Gayle #Forman s trip around the world with her husband She s a #s trip around the world with her husband She s a so has a few stories in mind when she embarks on the tour She learns about the Fakaleiti in Tonga a roup of men who dress like women and sleep with men but do not consider themselves ay It s a challenge to wrap your head around their completely different world view She also meets up with a Chinese doctor enad with the English language works on a Bollywood movie set plays ames with a roup of Tolkienists who have taken cos play to another level in Kazakhstan learns about the Lemba one of the lost Jewish tribes traditions in South Africa and interviews sex workers in the Netherlands I found the book to be somewhat disjointed but the different experiences were definitely interesting I think the fact that it took me two mont. In these eight interconnected travel stories journalist Gayle Forman traces the trajectory from her relatively two mont. In these eight interconnected travel stories journalist Gayle Forman traces the trajectory from her relatively life in New York's Hell's Kitchen to her sometimes extreme and extremely personal experiences in some of the most exotic spots on earthIn this extraordinary memoir now issued in paperba. .
Gayle Forman ✓ 6 ReviewOrman s YA novels and I can t say they really appeal to me but I did enjoy this non fiction account of her me but I did enjoy this non fiction account of her long trip around the world with her husband prior to having a child and beginning her career in fiction In the various places they visit Forman seeks out the unusual elements of each society transvestites in Tonga hip hop in Zanzibar a lost tribe of Israel in South Africa role playing Tolkien fans in Kazakhstan The journalistic parts of this book I found very interesting The relationship parts with Forman and her husband struggling to keep their marriage together under the strain of two very different personalities and approaches to traveling were harder to read Gayle "Forman is one of my favorite authors I read all her " is one of my favorite authors I read all her books and when I learnt that she had written a non fiction book many years ago as well it was a instinct buy for meI really enjoyed this book and Formans travel report It was written than 10 years ago so that fact alone realizing how much the world has changed in such a short period of time was very entertainingBut I also learned
a lot especially about places and countries where we hear until today not much about in bookslot especially about places and countries where we hear until today not much about in books or movies I highly recommend this book 455 stars Not as ood as I had hoped Not my normal cup of tea but I ve enjoyed everything else written by this author so why not It was a reat book to read in small uick segments I enjoyed her take on seeing the worl. Of work Dutch prostitutes In the artful interplay of these eight lively thoughtful stories she reveals how all of these diverse lives as well as our own are being inextricably altered by the ever shrinking world that we share Because she writes To forget the humanity in others is to risk forgetting one's Hs to read it speaks volumes about how much I enjoyed the book
I Enjoy This Authorenjoy this author lot so I was looking forward to a different style of her writing I liked this book a lot because it was of a memoir and less a story it chronicled her year traveling with her husband chronicled her year traveling with her husband all the different places they visited which were not common places to visit I really enjoyed hearing about some obscure tribes in Tonga or Cambodia or what not and the interesting dynamics of different cultures It was really eye opening how open her and her "husband are with meeting new people and oing off with them on " are with meeting new people and oing off with them on own on random adventures I would be too scared to do this myself and trust people I just met in non first world countries Maybe I m a baby and need courage but I admire that ability in them and thus why I enjoyed reading this so much Great read Learned a little something and now I look forward to reading some of Gayle Forman s other works So readable and thought provoking especially since I ve never visited any of the places she mentions For the most part this is a very entertaining travelogue Forman and her husband went to some very exotic places that you won t read about in a lot of other travelogues It held my interested and I learned a lotMy biggest problem is that Forman doesn t come across very likable She spent a lot of the trip whining and complaining particularly odd since she d alre I haven t read any of Gayle Ck Gayle Forman takes us with her to the mountain hideaways of Kazakhstan's Tolkien fanatics and inside the townships of South Africa's lost tribe of Israel She introduces us to a wild assortment of characters lovelorn Tongan transvestites charismatic Tanzanian rap stars precocious Cambodian street kids out. ,