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Give Me the World (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – April 1999

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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

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"Hadley's memoir strikingly anticipates the current genre of women's adventure-travel books, and stands with the best of them." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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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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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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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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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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HASH(0xa4283c3c) von 5 Sternen You'll feel like you're there 14. August 2005
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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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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
HASH(0xa4292360) von 5 Sternen I loved this book 8. Dezember 2014
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I loved this book, read it quite a while ago and think I would even like to read it again one day!! It is about a young woman with a young son who manages to slip onto a boat and sail across the Pacific(with her son, too!) and her interesting adventures!! She was very lively and hard-working, and I wonder what she is doing NOW!!? Recommended!!
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Every so often one reads a book that absolutely captures their heart and from the moment a person picks up that particular book they are lost in the pages. The fiction writer Jasper Fforde might refer to that as "reading into a book." This is one of those books. I was searching for a travel book for my reading group and nothing stood out and then I randomly found this book one day. I read the first four pages and felt such pangs of excitement. I wanted to read more right then and there. (I couldn't of course because I had to go back to work) I bought the book as quickly as I could and jumped in. Leila Hadley knows how to engage the reader and you get the distinct pleasure of watching her mature in "Give Me the World". In the beginning it is almost as if she is running away with her child when she decides to go to Asia. They enjoy a fairly comfortable existence and she ventures carefully into the scenery. She is almost slumming it a bit initially. It is when she reaches Bangkok that she begins to change and when she meets the crew of the 'California' she blossoms. Some of my new favorite characters come from this book. Her son Kippy stands out as this quiet solid figure who seems to go easily with any new plan.

This book also gives a wonderful glimpse into another time and another world. I think it is important to take that context into mind when reading the book when she mentions various characters and the way some people spoke of each other.

The book makes me want to run off and see more of the world. One of the things the author mentions speaks to my heart that after traveling one feels listless and not refreshed like one anticipates. It is one of the most true comments I have ever run across in travel writing. It is almost mourning the adventure.

I will encourage everyone I meet to read this book.
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