Questions of Travel

Questions of Travel

Book - 2012
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A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist guide until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events. Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories - from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia. Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser illuminates travel, work and modern dreams in this brilliant evocation of the way we live now. Wonderfully written, Questions of Travel is an extraordinary work of imagination - a transformative, very funny and intensely moving novel.
Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW : 2012. Allen & Unwin,
ISBN: 9781743311004
9781743317334
Branch Call Number: AF DEKR

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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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Winnipeg1
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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