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I Live In Chile [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Jerome Baker
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"I Live in Chile" by Thomas Jerome Baker could be called "I Love Chile", because that emotion oozes from the first page to the last in this beautiful and engaging book about Chile." - Christoph Fischer (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)

"I couldn’t keep from laughing and enjoying Thomas Baker’s account of learning to live in Chile. As much as it is entertaining, it’s educational." - Dennis Waller (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)

"What starts off deceptively as a travel book quickly becomes a beguiling, very personal, and highly entertaining look at a unique culture..." - Bob Rector

"“I Live In Chile” is another wonderful read by Thomas Jerome Baker. Time and again, I’ve said that I love to learn about different cultures. In the case of Thomas’ newest release, I received all that I crave and then some." - Janice Ross

"I don't think anyone can read this book and not want to book a flight there immediately. His effervescence and love of Chile are evident on every page. This is far superior to your normal travel guide." - Dianne Harmann

"Although he talks about the day-to-day lives of Chileans, the beautiful landscapes, the people, music, food, dance, customs, holidays and traditions, this is no travel guide. Rather, it is an extraordinary and passionate look into the heart of a man who has fallen in love with Chile. This book will provide insights that are not found in regular travel guides about Chile." - Henry Summon
I Live in Chile. ¡Viva Chile! I am fascinated with, and deeply in love with Chile (encantado & enamorado). That will be the main aim of this book, namely, to share my life in, and my love for, this beautiful country, my beloved Chile. I hope you enjoy the way in which I share the story of what is important for me about my life in Chile. - Author Thomas Jerome Baker

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About the Author

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF in Santiago de Chile. Thomas is also a past member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Liaison for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty five (65) books. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious loving portrait of a country March 10, 2014
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"I Live in Chile" by Thomas Jerome Baker could be called "I love Chile", because that emotion oozes from the first page to the last in this beautiful and engaging book about Chile.
It caught my attention from many amazing pictures the author has used to promote his work on twitter and I finally succumbed and read the book.

Baker writes about his own personal experiences, so this is not an exhaustive guide to the country as such but a mesmerizing declaration of love to the country, its people, the countryside, habits and customs - all of which he has grown to love since living in the country.

Chile is a fascinating country with a wide range of landscapes and points of interest and Baker has infected me with his enthusiasm and has created a curiosity and a desire in me to travel there.
The book however also serves as a personal memoir of how he came to be there and how his experience has been from the telephone interview for a job there to his actual move and subsequent happy life there.
It is rare to find someone so happy and content with his life and so in love with his surrounding.
I am an ex-pat myself and - although happy - wish I was quite as enthusiastic and cheerful.

Baker has a sound knowledge of the country, probably because of his language skills and more so, because of his Chilean wife.
He writes with competence, and with his thoughful and reflective persona which give his descriptions always that extra bit of gravity and food for thought. The book is delightful, entertaining and a read.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was Totally Charmed By This Book! April 7, 2014
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I have had the good fortune to travel much of the world and there are a few spots I've yet to see that are top priorities. Chile wasn't one of them until I read this book. It is now. Thomas Baker made me want to drop what I'm doing and hop on the first plane to Chile!

I've never read a book like "I Live In Chile." Baker wins you over from the beginning with his cheerful view of life and deep love for his adopted country. His descriptions of the people, the landscape and the customs of Chile range from mysterious to fascinating to humorous.

I found this book to be completely unique in approach and style. At times it's a bit like a charming travelogue, written by the head of tourism! But, unlike an official release, this account is written with genuine love for the country and admiration for its people. However, what makes this book so exceptional is the effortless way the writer moves from the subject of Chile to how he came to live there and the often amusing ways he grew accustomed to the culture. It's the personal touch, which is the author's special voice coming through, that makes this such a lovely and compelling read.

I truly enjoyed "I Live In Chile" and highly recommend it. This book is delightful in a most unusual way - don't miss it!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Humorous and Entertaining Read February 9, 2014
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I couldn’t keep from laughing and enjoying Thomas Baker’s account of learning to live in Chile. As much as it is entertaining, it’s educational. Having traveled around the world myself, I know all too well the trouble you can get into not knowing the local customs and the nuances of the language.

This is a memorable story, one that I won’t soon forget. After reading it, I find myself wishing to experience Chile firsthand. Baker’s knack for writing is exceptional, placing the reader right into the story.

I am going to suggest this book to my friends that are planning on going to Chile, yeah, like I said, an educational read that offers not only Baker’s experiences in adjusting to the local environment but an insightful look into the ways and customs of Chile.
Now, with that said, I am going to our local wine warehouse and ask about this “El Gato Negro” wine that Thomas raves about. I gotta get me some, even if it comes in a box, hehe.

Seriously, this is one fine book, well written, excellent story and most of all, entertaining and educational, it just doesn’t get any better than this. I do believe that our Mr. Baker has set the bar high with this endeavor. I am looking forward to his next installment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just a Love Fest; It's A Complete Experience July 6, 2014
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This non-fiction novella is a true embodiment of love for a country. From the first page, the author conveys his love for the South American country so well that you, as the reader, almost become as passionate about Chile as he is. The collection of experiences and amazing photographs serve as evidence of the grandeur of the places and events he talks about in the book.

The stories and experiences are biased, but it is not a bad thing; after all, we all have our own way of experiencing the same thing. And in this case, it is easy to see Baker's understanding of the country and relate to it as he has. And don't get me wrong, this is not simply a "love fest" for Chile; it is a complete account of a culture: language, landscape, country, and history - through foreign eyes.

The book contains hilarious exchanges between the author and his wife, links to background and historical information, and even videos filmed by the author or family members. This novella truly utilizes technology to provide a complete experience. It's almost as good as being there.

The writing is impeccable and elevated, yet easy to understand and visualize everything the author is trying to convey. Thomas Baker's skills with the English language show through on every page, and serve as a demonstration of his skills as an instructor. I recommend checking out some of his other books and novellas; they are all inspiring.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It is like a travel guide but much better since he actually ...
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. After reading, I am sure about one thing. Next summer I will definitely visit Chile! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marika germanis
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Chile!
This book is very emotional. The author is an expat who lives in Chile. He tells of his love for Chile, his adopted country, in a very intimate way. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AA
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Chile is still a developing country full of bad things too and I'm sure that he probably had a hard time adapting to his new home and life but somehow none of that was enough to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Flash
5.0 out of 5 stars Expat Guidebook for Chile
This is the "Expat Guidebook for Chile" that's not really a guidebook. But every expat in Chile ought to have a copy of this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zhu Hsia
5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Chile Now!
What a beautiful tale! I want to visit Chile now! I thought this was a different type of love story, one of vision and splendor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Harmony Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to visit Chile!
Thomas Baker is an expat from the USA who lives in Chile. He's been living there for over 10 years now and he describes it so lovingly and passionately and enthusiastically and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars From Chile with Love
After reading several books by Isabel Allende, I knew I wanted to visit Chile at some point in my life. Thomas Baker's book feels like the next best thing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Princess WinEmAll
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
I thought this was a travel book, but how wrong was I?
This is one mans journey in reaching for his dream of becoming a teacher, from the USA to Chile. Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. A. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars See Chile Through The Eyes & Heart of Thomas Baker
I have read books by Author Thomas Baker in the past and have never been disappointed. He is the Coordinator of an English Department at a High School in Chile, and after reading... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Caujuan Akim Mayo
5.0 out of 5 stars I WANT TO VISIT CHILE!
This is a wonderful book, full of fascinating little tid-bits of information.

If Chile is half as wonderful as the author says, I will definitely enjoy my visit.
Published 9 months ago by M Sockel
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