Anonymous American Reader
I didn't expect to be so drawn in by this, as I'm mostly a fiction reader now . But I was. It is wonderful.
Shayne, New Zealand
Entertaining, well-written, and full of interesting and insightful cultural information. This should be a must read for all of our students planning on a semester abroad there. Thank you for a most enlightening book!
This is a very enjoyable book, addressing the universal concept of home - a subject that everyone can relate to and empathise with. And your particular journey is a very interesting one, one of fantastic contrasts.
Margaret, UKThis is so readable - interesting, human, evocative in places - the smell of the kikuyu lawn ......
Paul, Pretoria, South Africa
Nicely rendered portrait of a modern-day pioneer! I also enjoyed your family history of travel and multi-cultural appreciation. You have a very readable style.
Kate, Chicago, USA
Your memoir ranges over both specific, personal experiences and broader generalizations and contextualizing the weird, fascinating culture you discover in Germany (and having traveled there a few times, I've gotta say that, in my experience, the points you mention are SPOT-ON). Most of my favorite parts, though, are when you mix the two styles, particularly the priceless "Please Queue!" chapter. I CANNOT DESCRIBE (fortunately, you did) how astonishing I found the "rugby crush" technique of getting counter help (or getting onto a bus, or...anything that involves a crowd).
I think your squished Xmas wreath with GRAVE CANDLES, incidentally, sounds completely INSPIRED, heh heh, but no, it's not the kind of whimsy that I see most Germans being too fond of...tolerant, perhaps, but not IMPRESSED...! And that peculiar, although I am sure very salutary, obsession with garbage.
your outsider eye lets you zoom in on precisely what it is that makes Germans
DIFFERENT, which allows you to paint a charming and entertaining picture of the
culture that's meaningful to ANYONE who knows at least a little (or is curious)
Lesley, USA This is well done. You vary the sentences and pull the reader so that we can envision the scene well.
I am loving this. Your book is entertaining, well written and sooo true. As someone who packed all her belongings into boxes and the animals in crates I can appreciate your story. I wish you luck and many book sells.
have great story to tell - all transitions are traumatic one way any another -
and you do not flinch from giving the reader glimpses of the personal
challenges you faced.
Michiel, The Netherlands
Katlynn, Virginia, USA
have only visited Germany a few times and could not get a sense of its reality
but in your book I can see, feel and understand the country and its people.
Your book is well written and fascinating. I also find it humerous and informative! I am an ex-South African, born in Zimbabwe, and can relate to the emigration process and culture shocks since I have lived in several countries....
Karyn, New Zealand
You have a lovely understated (antipodean?!!) way of writing and as I spent time in Europe and Britain in my 20s I can relate a little (especially about missing certain foods) to what you say...
James, Cape Town, South Africa
A vivid account of moving country, something I did to South Africa a long time ago. What a pleasure to read about travelling in the opposite direction, although with similar problems. A highly enjoyable read......
There's a great story here. You have a good eye for detail and give a well balanced account of the trails and joys of moving house.