An Embarrassment of Mangoes

An Embarrassment of Mangoes

A Caribbean Interlude

Book - 2005
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Who hasn't fantasized about leaving their job, saying goodbye to the rat race and escaping to some exotic destination in search of sun, sand, and a different way of life? Ann Vanderhoof and her husband did just that. professionals who were desperate for a break from their harried, deadline-dominated lives. So they left their jobs, rented out their house, moved onto a 42-foot yacht called Receta ('recipe' in Spanish) and set sail from their home in Canada for the Caribbean. AN EMBARRASSMENT OF MANGOES is Ann Vanderhoof's intimate account of this two-year midlife interlude during which she and her husband travelled more than 7,000 nautical miles, dropped anchor in 16 countries (and 47 individual islands), and adapted to a new life on 'island time'. behind and become caught up in a world that is simultaneously simpler and more exuberant. They sip rum with their neighbours and dance through the streets during Carnival, explore secluded beaches, learn to pull their dinner from the sea and create delectable dishes in their tiny galley kitchen. curried lobster in Grenada, spicy island gingerbread to West Indian rum punch, AN EMBARRASSMENT OF MANGOES is the enticing story of discovering not just vibrant new cultures and cuisines, but what really matters.
Publisher: London : 2005
ISBN: 9780553815559
0553815555
Branch Call Number: ANF 917.29 VAND
Characteristics: 361 p. : maps ; 20 cm

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loribetho
Apr 12, 2012

I enjoyed 'armchair' travelling with this author and learning what it would be like to take a long sailing trip. As much as I admire and envy her adventure, it taught me that the work involved in a solo sailing trip is not for the faint-hearted! I will stick to backpacking.

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The_Bill
Jun 07, 2010

This is a decent read. It's the kind of thing that inspires/justifies a mid-life crisis, as the reader hears all about the two-year sailing trip that a professional, workaholic couple from Toronto take to the Caribbean.

Unlike most travelogues, though, the narrator is neither particularly wise nor very charming - so unlike something by, say, Michael Palin or Ernest Hemingway, we have to hear about the wondrous azure seas and the shining white beaches through the voice of a shrewish, chronically worried little sack of troubles named Ann Vanderhoof. This makes the narrative kind of funny, but only unintentionally, as a petty and timid character investigates a realm that is far more interesting, dangerous, and beautiful than she is.

All in all, I'd recommend it but with a huge caveat: you may find yourself irritated by this author!

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