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Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Inspiring

This was excellently segmented for busy readers that do not have long stretches of time to sit and read an entire chapter. It was an exotic vacation I could actually afford. Highly recommended for travelers, humanitarians, and those of us who feel like we've abandoned...
This was excellently segmented for busy readers that do not have long stretches of time to sit and read an entire chapter. It was an exotic vacation I could actually afford. Highly recommended for travelers, humanitarians, and those of us who feel like we've abandoned our dreams. Written in a simple, yet sensitive, style that brought me into her experiences.

posted by 2060849 on March 5, 2012

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11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Interesting Stories. Annoying Style

While I admire the courage of her travels, I found this book to be very irritating. She overstates the whole; "I am an independant woman who doesn't need a man so I can live my life how I want. So there." After a while it sounds like a cliche 1972 Woman's Lib manifesto....
While I admire the courage of her travels, I found this book to be very irritating. She overstates the whole; "I am an independant woman who doesn't need a man so I can live my life how I want. So there." After a while it sounds like a cliche 1972 Woman's Lib manifesto. She is a very self absorbed baby boomer. Another annoying tactic she uses is by just putting on a native dress she proclaims herself "one of them." Sorry, sister but you ain't. I've sat in Jamaican slums smoking ganja with Rastas playing Bob Marley songs on a guitar. Does that make me a Rastafari? No. It makes me a friendly visitor. There is also a simplistic left wing political view throughout. Anyone who is a little well off is thinly veiled as am imperialist, capitalist, slaver. Poor people are good. And as far as the Nicaraguan Sandanista "they are the people!" No mention of the pesky problem of their viscous human rights violations.

posted by Gristle_McThornbody on February 3, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    Excellent Travel Essay

    The fact that it is a true account of a woman's traveling experience is simply spectacular. She's honest about her feelings and her views and thoughts. This is not a travel book in which you will learn what places to see in the various countries that she has visited. This is more about her experiences abroad, from her perceptions of the other cultures (but not so much in an analytical manner), her serendipitous encounters as well as mishaps, her emotions, and many funny side-stories. She does an excellent job in putting traveling into perspective, in particular for single female travelers. I have learned a lot from her experiences and have tried to relate them to my own. As soon as I finished reading it, I lent it to my other friend who is also an avid traveler (and often times traveling solo) and will appreciate her stories just as much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    Inspirational and fun.

    Couldn't put this book down. I loved the fact that Rita wrote in the present tense, which made me feel like I was right there with her. She is truly an un-met friend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2001

    will change your view of the world

    This book was a life preserver thrown to me at a point in my life when I felt things had come to a standstill. This book is so inspiring and it shows that true adventurous travel is accessible to all of us. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next - i didn't want it to end. This book reminds us that the world is made up of friends we have yet to meet. Highly recommended.

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