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This story is about the intersecting of three lives over an 8 ear period It is all told from the point of view of Alex who at the beginning of the book is a 20 ear old exchange student to Nepal from rural America Will is a teacher and smuggler with an intense interest in Buddhism and women Maya is a rural Nepalese girl hoping for a life away from her traditional home and expectations Everything is experienced as Alex experiences it almost as if she is writing in a diary The story has an honesty to it Alex s personal perspective isn t edited to make her seem likable or noble The story also embraces ambiguity not only in the characters and decisions that are made but even in the way the book ends The writing is uite lovely especially in its ability to provide a picture of the Nepalese countryside villages and city The book likely won t provide new insights into expat living for those who have livedworkedstudied overseas Likewise it doesn t provide much new insight into human trafficking or prostitution but I don t feel like that was the ultimate purpose of the book This is far than an examination of foreign exchange experience Although I do feel it does an excellent job of capturing different aspects of that experience especially in terms of the culture shock heading in both directions As Alex returns to the US and makes shorter trips back to Nepal and India she becomes increasingly critical of Nepal and India Both places have grown and changed while she was away just as she has grown and changed while she was away and as a result she will never really be able to experience them in the same way she did as a oung student To me this book is ultimately a story about choices and accepting ambiguity as a part of lifeI was nervous about reading this book because there were so many low ratings and I think there are some reasons that this books won t appeal to some readers This isn t just a travelogue this isn t about a voyage of self discovery with a happy ending There are jumps in time Other than Alex people s motivations and behavior are not clearly explained If Lamore tra i polli you are uncomfortable with casual sex outside of marriage sex scenes aren t explicitly written ifou are uncomfortable with casual drug usage if The Indispensable Faulkner you are uncomfortable same sex relationships brief but present ifou are uncomfortable with people criticizing cultures other than their own if Pack Up the Moon you are uncomfortable with Buddhism ifou are uncomfortable with criticisms of Americans if Dog Love - An Unbreakable Bond you are uncomfortable with ambiguity and most especially ifou like books to be neatly wrapped up at the end Henry and June you will most likely not enjoy this book Alex is also pretty hard at times on expats and international NGOs However ifou love to read about other cultures and ways of life if Dry Skull Dreams you appreciate beautifully written prose and ifou don t need crisp clear happy endings then I think My Names Friday you will really enjoy this book This could be the worst book I have ever read The ending was atrocious Where is the hated it star I think this novel was liste. Alex a twentyear old American student is spending the The Gate of Heaven year in Nepal backpacking and photographing As a favor to Will – her American friend – she uses one of her Himalayan treks to seek out Maya aoung Nepali woman desperate to flee her traditional family to find work in Kathmandu But helping Maya has unforeseen implications Soon Alex is.
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D on an NPR book list HORRID I read this book in one weekend and was completely swept up in the story It made me want to travel to Nepal And it also made me remember what it was like to be Tutoring Lady Jane young ambitious and fueled with the best intentions and still getting it wrong due to cultural chasms Amateurish writing that leftou with no sense of why the characters were behaving in a certain way Not to mention that there was too much gossip about who was sleeping with whom that didn t fit with the narrative I wouldn t recommend it I liked the first chunk of this book And I was ok with the second chunk But then the third chunk made it clear that this wasn t really about characters or growth or plot And the lack of ending sort of annoyed me That said I enjoyed the inside look into Nepali culture Its not something I get to read a lot about This book was compelling and I read through it in two nights I stayed up late each night because I had to keep going I wanted to know what would come of the main characters The writing is good and the characters believable I related with the main character in some way I must admit that the ending was slightly disappointing thought not unbelievable or unexpected What I really loved though was learning about Nepal through the eyes of bideshi I can definitely relive my 20s vicariously through this story Oh to go back and experience being abroad for myself This may contain spoilersThis is one of the most poorly written books I have read in a long time The character development plot pacing and writing style are all terrible None of the three main characters Alex Maya and Will are developed enough for the reader to understand them their motivations or their relationships The cover describes a strange triangle and unforseen implications of helping Maya and the story fails to deliver either of theseThe most painful part about reading this book is that the author apparently isn t familiar with the concept of show don t tell I looked for meaningful moving prose but the book is chock full of passages like this one Alex and two other characters visit a shrine and ended up staying the night in the shrine room of a Sherpa lama s house at the bottom of the hill He seemed happy to have us and not to mind when the lamas from Ngyak stopped by to see if we wanted to watch a movie in townFinally we were so tired and bored we decided to go Maya walked with us as far as the Sherpa lama s house but then said she d just walk her friends back to their room We waited up for her for a while and finally went to sleep The whole book reads like a high school student s How I Spent My Summer essay with elitist and inscrutable cool kid references to Nepal first I did this then I did that then I said this then he said that The end Speaking of the end I felt no resolution at the end of the book A very disappointing read all around Ever thought I want to write but I don t have enough talent Who would publish my embarrassingly amateurish efforts Boost our confidence by reading Embroiled in a strange triangle with Maya and Will where the lines between friendship love and lust grow tangled every day Over the course of the next eight ears Alex returns to Nepal first to visit and to photograph then in an attempt to help the troubled Maya Moving between Kathmandu New York and the grim houses of prostitution along Falklan.
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His miscarriage of a book It s guaranteed to reassure even the worst writers that they too will find a reputable house to put out their absolutely horrible novel When a American Poetry young American backpacking through Nepal agrees to stop by a village to check in on a friend of a friend it sets off a relationship that ensnares her repeatedly over the next eightears Alex winds up helping the Nepali girl run away from her home and delivers her to their mutual friend which leaves her feeling responsible for Maya s fate though powerless to do much about it despite her best effortsAlex is primarily a reactive character think Nick in The Great Gatsby and the novel focuses on her emotional responses to what s going on with Maya and Will first in Nepal and then Every Good Girl years later in Bombay So the story s strength lies in large part in the way Beal elaborates Alex s observations as a sideline character in the drama including her discomfort at being made the third point in a sexualemotional triangle and in conveying the progression of Alex s emotional maturity and judgment The richly detailed descriptions of the two locations are also a strong asset My review for Armchair InterviewsIn this highly engaging novel Daphne Beal exposes the personal side of Nepal through Alex a na ve and enchantingoung college student It s as if the reader is immersed in Alex s own travel diary experiencing the confusion joys and heartaches of life abroad As we follow Alex through her Nepalese adventures it is evident that Beal has a rich understanding of the bewildering world of study abroad as well as an in depth knowledge of Nepal and India The layers of details immerse the reader in a new world instilling the sense that they could travel to Kathmandu themselves and navigate easily through the sumptuously described streets Beal reveals Alex s journey to discover herself and the way she is shaped unconsciously by American culture Through Alex the reader is able to reflect on their own assumptions about relationships time and values in unconventional waysPerhaps the most interesting part of the novel is the friendship that develops between Alex and Maya a Nepalese girl from a small mountain village Their complex cross cultural relationship binds them together tightly A Sixpenny Christmas yet keeps them at a certain emotional distance This uniue relationship causes Alex to venture into the world of the prostitution slave trade of India Beal daftly exposes this issue without heavy handedness or judgment The relationship between Maya and Alex allows the reader to examine their own motives and friendships learning as much about themselves as they do about the charactersDaphne Beal clearly has a deep understanding of the American study abroad experience in Nepal In this rich novel Beal transports the reader into mystifying and intensely rewarding experiences that transcendet are framed by culture This novel is a must read for anyone considering study abroad as well as the reader who seeks to examine themselves from a uniue outside perspective. D Road in Bombay Alex begins to understand the pitfalls of trying to be both adventurer and savior in an unfamiliar world In the Land of No Right Angles introduces the fiction of Daphne Beal whose evocations of life in Nepal and of the universal conflicts inherent to love and friendship mark the arrival of a stunningly talented intuitive writer.
Daphne Beal's first novel In the Land of No Right Angles was published by VintageAnchor in August Her nonfiction has appeared in Vogue McSweeney's and the London Review of Books Her work has been anthologized The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers; State by State A Panoramic Portrait of America; and The KGB Bar Reader Originally from Wisconsin she lives in New York City with her