- Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: St Martin's Press; Auflage: Reprint (April 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0312198884
- ISBN-13: 978-0312198886
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,6 x 3 x 21,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 921.813 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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
"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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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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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.