Questions of Travel

Questions of Travel

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st North American ed.
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"It is not really possible to describe, in a short space, the originality and depth of this long and beautifully crafted book."--A.S. Byatt, Guardian Laura Fraser grows up in Sydney, motherless, with a cold, professional father and an artistic bent. Ravi Mendis lives on the other side of the globe--exploring the seductive new world of the Internet, his father dead, his mother struggling to get by. Their stories alternate throughout Michelle de Kretser's ravishing novel, 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, eventually returning to Sydney to work for a publisher of travel guides. There she meets Ravi, now a Sri Lankan political exile who wants only to see a bit of Australia and make a living. Where do these two disparate characters, and an enthralling array of others, truly belong? With her trademark subtlety, wit, and dazzling prose, Michelle de Kretser shows us that, in the 21st century, they belong wherever they want to and can be--home or away.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Edition: 1st North American ed.
ISBN: 9780316219228
Characteristics: 461 p. ; 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.

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.

Mar 24, 2014

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


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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.

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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