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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463526393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463526399
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,230,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tracy Johnson is a photographer/writer who publishes travel and food related guides around the world. When she takes a break from nomading, it's in Brighton or Argentina. Her second book is "And Then the Magic Began". A love story with a difference that has been called "Heart-breaking - get out the waterproof mascara". This book also starts with an Andean Argentine setting but swiftly moves to the exotic beaches of Brazil and the dream escape life. When tragedy strikes, only the deep mysteries of the Amazon know the reason to carry on. Tracy actually appeared in the classic film "The Pink Chiquitas". This is her first book.

More About the Author

Food. Travel. Psychology.

I have been on the XPlorPreneur trail forever (that's Expat. Explorer. Entrepreneur, because life is for loving every single day) and my novels reflect the On The Road lifestyle of delving deeply into other cultures in order to understand yourself. Working from a beach hut in Goa or up a mountain in North West Argentina beside the world's highest altitude vineyards (have you ever tried Torrontes?) writing is the way to figure it out, although not without its challenges.

Settings are always integral to the psychological journey - something as important in life as the novel. In 2014 the ultimate setting and the ultimate culture was presented to me, with the ultimate opportunity to grow and expose the inhumanity of our current "justice" system and attitude to emotional unwellness that is stigmatized by the label "Mental Health". That memoir of being incarcerated and vilified will be published soon as "Model Prisoner".

My experience with childhood and emotional trauma, PTSD that lasted over a decade and the ultimate recovery from those challenges, along with personal experience in the criminal justice system that is a political game foisted on an unsuspecting society, has led to a new career as a professional public speaker. "What is Crime?" "Who is a Criminal?"

The early novels, "Last Tango" and "Magic" travel from Buenos Aires to Patagonia and up the Amazon.
The Narcissism Novels are set in London, New York, Toronto, LA, Paris and Shanghai.
There are still plans to republish my first novel from 20 years ago - set in Mauritius but that along with the second part of the Narcissism novels was sidelined in early 2014.

It remains a modern day technological miracle and privilege to be able to share the world with readers - inner and outer.


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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Curry Puff on September 11, 2011
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This debut by Tracy Johnson is really a remarkable first effort. I bought this book on reading the first few paragraphs offered in Amazon's Kindle "Preview," captivated by the first page's promise of wry humour. This was quickly quashed, however, by the author's decision to exit from the present and her penchant for younger men to when she was 15-years-old and the focus of attention of older males with latent paedophiliac tendencies. Maybe they really didn't know how old she was...

The name-dropping of singers like David Essex and Gary Glitter puts this book in the genre of Jackie Collins and her sister, Joan --but I think Johnson has more self-deprecating humour. Last Tango In Buenos Aires currently seems to be written in the style of someone putting together a chain of thoughts -- greatly interesting over a glass of wine, but disorienting when it comes to reading and so it has stopped me from going further. For the moment. I give it three stars for the following reasons: 1) I like that it chooses to challenge form; 2) a lot more effort and time has obviously been put into it than this review, and the imagery (when Johnson uses it) is good: "like an urchin's nose against a bakery door" --this is little Andy's "thing"; 3) I believe a review is entirely subjective, and that any book in the hands of the right reader can be 5 stars, much like meeting the right person. I hope the book's protagonist ends up meeting that individual, but I'm afraid I didn't have the ability to travel with her and find out.

If you liked Bridgit Jones Diary, Joan Collins autobiography, or Jackie Collins best sellers...
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donigan Merritt on July 6, 2011
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Tracy Johnson's novel, "Last Tango in Buenos Aires" is the randy and always compelling story of an attractive woman dealing with a series of men, mostly younger, while searching for the meaning of (her) life as a British nomad in Argentina. Although I was sometimes reminded of Erica Jong's stories, Johnson's sensual encounters in Argentina are more intense and reach a more curious psychological depth, particularly the exploration in detail of the fears and fantasies of the kind of woman who would be inclined to take off for the place that (inaccurately) likes to think of itself as the "Paris of Latin America."

Tracy Johnson writes with authority and style about that segment of the population in Buenos Aires that lives for dancing, sex, and hope. (This book is not about Tango.) About the kind of women who can be made stupid by overt flattery from men. About the kind of men (abundant in Argentina) who think that syrupy flattery is a substitute for real emotion, and again, the women who fall for it -- again and again.

If you are a woman who has ever been suckered by superficial attention from a man, this is the book for you. This is the book for you if you're interested in the night world of a city like Buenos Aires. But maybe it is best a book for these men, who think they are so hot, so compelling, so unavoidable that women are going to droll all over themselves if he will just say those sweet things again; for these men, "Last Tango in Buenos Aires" is a mirror.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KLP on January 2, 2014
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Last Tango in Buenos Aires explores the life of a woman caught between her need for independence and her desire to be possessed by a man. Estranged from her mother as a teenager, she searches for love in a series of short, but intense sexual encounters with men who fulfill her immediate need to feel desirable and loved. Unfortunately, as the relationships cool, she is left feeling even more empty and alone. In an attempt to recapture her youth and desirability, she leaves England to travel to Argentina and immerse herself in a world of dancing and sex, particularly with much younger men. Here she faces the cultural chasm that exists between her view of the relationship roles between men and women and the Latin view.

The tango becomes a symbol for the “dance” that takes place between men and women as they seek to fulfill their sexual desires. Each movement, each look becomes a not so subtle signal of the male’s sexual attraction to the female and the reader is left feeling sorry for the woman who falls under the spell of the same flattery over and over. Even as she ages and becomes somewhat more cynical of the “dance”, she continues to hope against all odds that this time there is real emotion behind the superficial words.

While character’s motivation is sometimes questionable, the author writes with authority about the seamy underground life of dance and sex in Buenos Aires. However, the setting, while exotic, plays a minor role in the story. The novel’s real strength lies in the use of dance as a metaphor for the character’s life.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aces on June 28, 2012
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Last Tango in Buenos Aires was a fun read. Especially once the character arrived in Argentina, I couldn't put it down! It was fun, sexy, and a great trip back to Argentina where I'd spent time and could journey with the character. Her experience with relationships and the culture were fascinating. I would have loved to know more about the Tango underground scene in addition to the love affairs. I guess that means there is more room for another book!
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