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Give Me the World [Kindle Edition]

Leila Hadley
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This travelogue about the mystery-shrouded Far East is a must-read book. However, there are hazards in doing so. Originally published in 1958, Give Me the World clutters up the tidy notion that women in the '50s were all Donna Reed clones. Leila Hadley, a 25-year-old divorcée with a plum PR position in Manhattan tossed aside conventionality and shipped out to Hong Kong--her 6-year-old son in tow. Hooking up with characters from scholars and mystics to a quartet of American sailors, she traveled to locales such as Ceylon, Bombay, Bangkok, and Delhi, sailing much of the way on a schooner on which she was a bona fide shipmate.

Her danger-filled, 18-month trek is remarkable, but it's her skill at observing details and capturing them on paper, creating a dreamy world that plays to all senses, that makes her memoir extraordinary. Of a Bombay street, she writes: "The women floated through the traffic like butterflies. The men ... leaped and darted, tentatively jumping forward and back in the path of onrushing motorcars, cyclists and oxcarts. Rickety gharries hurtled past driven by whip-cracking turbaned charioteers." Whether writing of food, rituals, or topography--"the mazing side streets were soft and muddied by the monsoon rains"--Hadley unleashes images so rich you can't help thinking that if everyone wrote like this, we wouldn't need TV. Like TV, Give Me the World is habit-forming: you ignore pressing work simply to curl up with this intoxicating memoir. When asked what's new, you may answer: "Well, today Leila Hadley stumbled into an opium den with a camera, and someone chased her out with a knife!" or, "Leila nearly died from a dust storm that gave her a fever of 107, but she survived and met Indira Gandhi." You may sniff at the books of other travel writers, as though they're phonies who aren't even trying.

In short, this is a wonderful book filled with such luxurious prose and so many cultural insights and wild experiences that you finish it feeling enriched and realizing that Hadley has set a standard for travel writing--and traveling--that few, including her ancestor Boswell, can match. --Melissa Rossi

Pressestimmen

"Hadley's memoir strikingly anticipates the current genre of women's adventure-travel books, and stands with the best of them."

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 543 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 354 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thomas Dunne Books (13. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00JCYDK5C
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #218.074 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Word pictures 12. Mai 2000
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
This book is so packed with visual images and sensuality that I could open the book to any page, any paragraph and find poetry and description so graphic it makes my expensive camera obsolete. Her vocabulary is intense and her respect for her readers intelligence challenges me to read nothing but quality. A remarkable book. I wonder how her son, Kippy, now regards that journey. It certainly changes my notions about the fifties woman. Whew! Barbara Levinson
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful! In a league of its own! 30. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Having read a number of respected contemporary travel writers, I now regard Leila Hadley as the absolute finest. This book, about her travels to the Far East in the 1950's, is a gem! Move over Paul Theroux, Peter Mayle, Frances Mayes and Bill Bryson. With her mesmerizing style and wild tales, Leila Hadley is in a class of her own. A must-read book of a real life adventuress!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Couldn't put it down... 25. April 2000
Von Perry
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
This is one of those books that left me searching for more. Hadley's wonderful descriptions of each of the people she met while travelling made me wish I could read more about their lives.
Hadley brought each of the places she visited to life with deep, involved descriptions.
Great book and an ending that was a big surprize!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful! In a league of its own! 30. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Having read a number of respected contemporary travel writers, I now regard Leila Hadley as the absolute finest. This book, about her travels to the Far East in the 1950's, is a gem! Move over Paul Theroux, Peter Mayle, Frances Mayes and Bill Bryson. With her mesmerizing style and wild tales, Leila Hadley is in a class of her own. A must-read book of a real life adventuress!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You'll feel like you're there 14. August 2005
Von Aalea - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Leila Hadley is one of the most descriptive writers of our time. Her words leap off the page and take you inside the story to enjoy her travels, right alongside her. "Give Me the World" is so much more than a travel log or journal. Ms. Hadley invites you along as her guest and urges you to see and feel what she has experienced, to be a part of her journey. You come away with an intimate knowledge of the Far East, as much as if you had seen it all yourself. I enjoyed my time in Bombay,Bangkok, and Singapore and recommend it to anyone who has a spirit of adventure. "Give Me the World" was an experience not to be missed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Word pictures 12. Mai 2000
Von Barbara Levinson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
This book is so packed with visual images and sensuality that I could open the book to any page, any paragraph and find poetry and description so graphic it makes my expensive camera obsolete. Her vocabulary is intense and her respect for her readers intelligence challenges me to read nothing but quality. A remarkable book. I wonder how her son, Kippy, now regards that journey. It certainly changes my notions about the fifties woman. Whew! Barbara Levinson
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Travel the world with Leila 13. Juni 2002
Von S. Vohra - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
'Give me the world' is one of my favourite books. The way the author takes us with her around the world is just magical. It is not a description of what she sees, but really makes us feel the different parts of the world. She adds all those little anecdotes that make the reading a pleasure ...
Do you know why they break a coconut before any religious ceremony in India ??? or how do you know that a girl is single in Haiti ?? well , read this book and you ll know the answer, and lots of other things .. enjoy the reading
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Gutsy Transglobal Trek 9. Januar 2001
Von Xoe Li Lu - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
Leila Hadley defies the 1950's female stereotype when she takes off for Asia with her young son in tow. Leaving a prosperous career behind, Hadley is in search of more enlightening and meaningful experiences than her lush New York life affords her. She does very little in the way of planning, throws caution to the wind and hopes for the best. While the first part of her Asian adventure is quite comfortable and even luxurious at times, she dives headfirst into the adventure she covets when she hitches a ride aboard a sailboat with a small, all-male American crew. Her stories of her experiences sailing to remote destinations throughout Southeast and Southwest Asia and the Mediterranean are exhilarating and fascinating. Hadley's writing style is a bit haughty, however her stories are so interesting that this small flaw is hardly noticeable. Not the best travel memoir I have ever read, but an interesting tale by a gutsy traveler who was before her time.
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