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Posted September 14, 2008
This is a story about a group of young men who were seemingly born with silver spoons in their mouths, attending prep schools, summering in the Hamptons, playing tennis and golf at country clubs, going to the finest colleges, and probably drinking tea out of fine china with pinkies extended. By all means, these young folks should have been pure, unadulterated, spoiled snobs. But these young men totally surprised me. These amazing 20-somethings were filled with wanderlust, and they ended up, by their own decisions, on a piece of scrub property in the rain forest of Australia, and they turned it into a working farm visited by hundreds (if not thousands) of similar young folks searching to find themselves. For me, the book was somewhat nostalgic as I was just about their ages during these troubled times in the late 60¿s/early 70¿s, but never in my wildest dreams would I have left the comforts that they had to toil endlessly in a foreign country. These were extremely intelligent young people, mature for their years, who survived and thrived and had the experience of a lifetime. It is a tale with a tragic ending, but you know that going into the story. It¿s the events that lead up to that tragic ending that will keep you riveted and entertained.
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