Carolyn is an Australian teacher of music who travels to Hanoi to teach english and hopes to find romance as she is single. Her first impressions are not good as she is shocked at the abject poverty and finds the heat and humidity opressive 38 degress, its also the start of the monsoon season. She has to cope with 6 lanes without traffic lights! Pavements full of sellers sitting by the roadside with no place to walk and in the rain they become fast flowing rivers. She manages to make some friends with the locals as she wishes to live amongst them, others do not take to westerners. It takes her a month to find where the other expats hangout.
There is plenty of humour in this book, you get the feel and taste of Vietnam with all the detail that is written, it is also very revealing about how it feels to live in a communist country still poverty stricken from its legacy of war. For a first book this is well written and draws you in. Really enjoyable and I highly recommend it.
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Single White Female in Hanoi Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B007R98DOM
- Publisher : Transit Lounge; 1st ebook edition (3 April 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 1442 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 333 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 556,663 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Expat in HanoiReviewed in the United States on 17 April 2012
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Looking for adventureReviewed in the United States on 26 May 2012
I really enjoyed this story of life in Hanoi, written by an Australian woman who decides to go there on a whim. She has many interesting stories of her search for jobs, friends both Vietnamese and Ex pats from different countries. She doesn't paint a very pretty picture, more real I would say of the city itself. Did not make me want to move there, but did very much like reading about it and her escapades.
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I came across this book while researching an upcoming trip ...Reviewed in the United States on 8 April 2016
I came across this book while researching an upcoming trip to Hanoi. It was a very enjoyable and interesting read. I believe my experience of visiting Hanoi will be richer for having read this book. Thank you, Ms. Shine.
Interesting and BizarreReviewed in the United States on 13 April 2016
This book jerked me from one crisis to the next.I wanted to like it.but it w difficult. Maybe it was just my mood.
A brave girlReviewed in the United States on 11 January 2013
You have to admire a woman who takes off on her own to a foreign country where she can't speak the language to live for a year! I enjoyed reading about her experiences and her love/hate relationship with the culture. It was a great outsider's perspective on life in Hanoi.The novel is well written and keeps the reader involved with all the escapades of the main character as she learns how to cope with living in Hanoi.
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