Questions of Travel

Questions of Travel

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Laura Fraser grows up in Sydney, motherless, with a cold father and an artistic bent. Ravi Mendes is on the other side of the world--his humble father dead, his mother struggling, determined to succeed in computer science. Their stories alternate throughout-- culminating in unlikely fates for them both, destinies influenced by travel--voluntary in her case, enforced in his. With money from an inheritance, Laura sets off to see the world, returning to Sydney to work for a travel guide. There she meets Ravi, a Sri Lankan political exile who wants only to see a bit of Australia and make a living" -- from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013, ©2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316219228
0316219223
Characteristics: 461 pages ;,25 cm.

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Harriet_the_Spy Dec 06, 2016

Really unique book about the connections between women, travel, freedom, and pain. It gave me a lot to think about: what we take for granted, and how little we really know about other places and people.

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uncommonreader
Jun 28, 2015

Highly praised and winner of the Miles Franklin Award, this book was written by a women, originally from Sri Lanka living in Australia who was an editor for Lonely Planet. It tells the story of two people, one who travels by choice; one who is forced to seek asylum, in alternating chapters. It is about travel, tourism and being electronically connected. Although well-written and clever, in the end it is too long and is essentially trivial.

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Mar 24, 2014

Great opening, but generally disappointing. Didn't finish it.

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quagga Sep 08, 2013

Across the world, the world-weary were waiting. Time after time, Laura would learn that she had missed the moment; to be a tourist was always to arrive too late. Paradise was lost: prosperity had intervened, or politics. The earthquake had finished off Naples. Giuliani had wrecked New York. Immigrants ruined wherever they squatted. France -- well, Fance had always been blighted by the necessary evil of the French. But if only Laura had seen Bangkok before the smog/Hong Kong before the Chinese/Switzerland before the Alps/the planet before the Flood.

quagga Aug 18, 2013

The true [travel] guidebook would advise: "Pay attention, be kind, think twice, shut up."

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Harriet_the_Spy Dec 16, 2016

Harriet_the_Spy thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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