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I am so glad Tanya Heaslip had the support and the determination to share her story from outback Australia to the Czechs Republic. Thank you for persevering through homesickness and extreme physical sickness to shine a beacon of hope on all young or not so young adventurers who have the courage to leave behind everything they know and make a life for themselves in a completely foreign culture. The book is not just a travel journey, but a fascinating history lesson into communist and early post communist Czechoslovakia and an insight into the strength of character of its people. And who can resist a little love thrown into the mix. Prague is high on my bucket list after sharing Tanya's passion for this city and its people.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as I have been to Prague twice and I have also lived and worked in outback Australia...... what a difference of environments. I absolutely love Prague and this story allowed me to revisit the history and culture of the town...... I could visualise all the tourist places mentioned...... Bridge, Cathedral, Square etc.... as I have seen them. And the housing situation reminded me of living with friends in Amsterdam and a recent holiday in Spain and Portugal. The story line was great, believable and well written...... a great story, well worthwhile and not easy to put down.
I have been to Alice for the first time this year and fell in love with the McDonnell ranges and the colours of the outback. Prague impressed me so much that I had to return a second time and will visit a third time next year. Tania has combined the contrast of these two different but beautiful locations, the contrast of the culture and history, each one so magical but very different. Thank you Tania!
Tanya's story takes us on a magical journey from the extremes of Australia's outback to the fairytale city of Prague. The beautifully painted characters of the friends and loves that intersect her life along the way are three dimensional, and I felt I got to know them all. It's vivid and well paced and I recommend it with all my heart.
This is not another book about someone visiting a city abroad. It is about someone's personal journey, the discovering of universal human qualities and frailties whether you are out on a station in the middle of untouched nature or in a city steeped in a complex culture... I found it particularly touching the author was not escaping but discovering, to then come back to her home seeing new things in old places, and able to look at her past from a unique perspective. You can literally sense Ms Heaslip has more to tell...
I read this for my local book club. Although I find it hard to rate memoirs I did enjoy this. I really liked how the author describes things. She used words that made you feel like you were seeing what she saw whether it was in Alice or Prague.