Seven Leagues to Paradise

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Is there an earthbound paradise—one single spot in all the world which is the perfect place to live?

This is the question Richard Tregaskis set out to answer, and here is his story of a thrilling 48,000-mile search for a modern-day Eden.

Fulfilling a dream that everyone has shared at one time or another, the author voyaged leisurely around the globe—to the East Indies, Asia and Australia, Africa and Europe, New York and California. He visited ...

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Overview

Is there an earthbound paradise—one single spot in all the world which is the perfect place to live?

This is the question Richard Tregaskis set out to answer, and here is his story of a thrilling 48,000-mile search for a modern-day Eden.

Fulfilling a dream that everyone has shared at one time or another, the author voyaged leisurely around the globe—to the East Indies, Asia and Australia, Africa and Europe, New York and California. He visited many of the world's most fabulous regions, and he chronicles his adventures with exciting accounts of everyone he met, gaining a fascinating insight into the true nature of each country.

The people are vivid and varied:

* Ex-GIs in Australia, the land of beautiful beaches, the worker's paradise.

* Bare-bosomed women of Bali, typifying the movie ideal of a tropic isle.

* Indian untouchables, courageous despite their lowly, caste-bound state.

* Ladies of the evening in Singapore.

* A Swiss watchmaker, passionately proud of his democratic heritage.

* An American, married and settled in England, strongly advocating the British way of life.

These are but a few of the many personalities whose stories highlight Seven Leagues to Paradise. In pursuing his own paradise, Richard Tregaskis presents a colorful, frequently humorous, always perceptive picture of our far-flung neighbors and the lands in which they live.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595002412
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/17/2000
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

First Day in Bali 1
The Ointment--and the Flies in It 15
Australia, Land of the Future? 29
The Outback 41
Happy Hunting Ground 57
The Good Life Is Killing Me 69
Sinful Singapore 85
I Finally See the Light 97
The Unwanted 107
Man in the Middle 119
"And Have Peacetime and Be Happy" 133
Escape from Revolution 149
Family Life in India 159
An Indian Wedding 177
The Egyptians Make It Tough 197
Paradise for a War Veteran 209
Recipe for Paradise--Swiss Style 229
Sweden, a Fragile Elysium 247
Home in Paradise 259
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