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Kite strings of the Southern Cross : a woman's travel odyssey
Gough, Laurie.
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Island of the human heart
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Travelers' Tales ; Sebastopol, Calif. : Distributed by O'Reilly and Associates, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 377 pages ; 21 cm
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G155.C3 G68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A passionate journey of love, discovery, and serendipity radiating from a remote Fijian beach to the far reaches of the globe. Heartwarming, funny, and wise, Laurie Gough has written a profound testament to the invaluable lessons of the road.

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Good travel writing by women abounds--Dervla Murphy and Freya Stark spring quickly to mind. Fewer women write on travel from a looser, modern North American point of view. Gough changes things. Writing in a deceptively informal narrative style, she leads readers to Taveuni, a remote island in the Fijian group. The author recounts the events that led her to this "place cut out from the peach pie of paradise" and to other destinations--Morocco, Bali, New Zealand, Penang, Italy, across North America by motorbike. Recollecting these wanderings, Gough's best work emerges in the accounts of her daily experience in an extended family living a purely physical existence at the tropical edge of the world. Gough combines these stories--with their reflections on island families, exquisite local music, kava drinking, lush Pacific mountains, and seascapes--with her discreetly rendered intimacies with her island lover to constitute what she calls "the essential impact of life's rapture." This makes the book positively sing. Yet paradise comes with a tariff: Western intellectual enquiry confronts unquestioning tribalism and something must give. The author reworks this clash in various guises and in the sundry ports of call offered up to readers of this lovely book, in which terror haunts backpack-traveled utopia. A terrific yarn. Highly recommended. T. Carolan; University of Phoenix