book review

Oct. 6th, 2008 11:33 pm
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Give Me the World Give Me the World by Leila Hadley


My review


rating: 5 of 5 stars
Since I can't give this book 4.5 stars, I rounded it up to five. This is the travelogue of Leila Hadley, a 25-year-old who embarks on a journey around the world via plane, train, and (mostly) sailing vessel, with her small son in tow. She does this in the 1950s, when such an action raises eyebrows. But throughout the book it's clear Hadley does not mind what people think of her. She's spunky, but she has limits.



The appeal of this book, for me, lies not with Hadley as an individual but with her capability as a writer. She is brilliant. Her descriptions of India, of the Middle East, of Greece, and of sailing for months on a schooner with four scruffy Americans -- all are astonishing in their clarity and beauty. More than almost any other author I've read, Hadley painted complete pictures in my mind. I feel like I went along for the ride and emerged, at the other end of her book, with my own vivid memories of the streets of Bombay and the ruins at Rhodes. Travelers or not, everyone should taste Hadley's prose: it's like eating a slice of literary cheesecake.


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Date: 2008-10-07 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erikaerin.livejournal.com
ooooh, this looks good! I'll have to check if my library has it. Thanks for the review!

Date: 2008-10-07 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hiddninchrist.livejournal.com
I don't know what the deal is but the printer wouldn't print this and then I decided to look for it at the library and apparently they don't carry it. Is it an uncommon book? Where would I find it? Where did you find it?

Date: 2008-10-07 03:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] completeinhim.livejournal.com
Hmm. I don't think it's uncommon... I got it from our local library. Maybe you could check PaperbackSwap (if you're on there)?

Date: 2008-10-07 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluiidmommy.livejournal.com
You made this book sound so good that I wrote down the title and author! I'm pretty sure I'll be going to the library on Thursday and I'll have to see if it's there.

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