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The Land Near Oz: Two Gay Yankees Move to New Zealand Paperback – June 16, 2011
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"...This is a portrait of a paradise, warts and all...Intended for travel lovers, humor fans, history buffs and any dreamer looking to improve their standing in life...hints at worldly adventure and a deeper knowledge about the mystery of living in this world.." --QueerMeUp.com
"...From Fashion Island...and celebrities on the beaches to...the land of cannibals and flightless birds...they are both Ms. Gabor and both Eddie Arnold ('Green Acres')--they both love southern California and farm life in New Zealand...110 miles from the nearest stoplight..."--GAYTRAVEL.COM
In THE LAND NEAR OZ: TWO GAY YANKEES MOVE TO NEW ZEALAND, memoirist and humorist Aaron Allbright examines the mystical fringes of life with a side of love and a little hash. Filled with great affection, indescribable moments of serendipity, and a few cattle calls, this debut is a raucous spot of fun.... --GlobalGayz.com
From the Back Cover
A sort of modern-day gay Huck Finn, who becomes a professor and then runs away from it all, author Aaron Allbright lights out for the Territory and moves to the land of cannibals and flightless birds. With his beautiful lover Beau, an IBM exec who chucks Big Blue, he makes a life Down Under. Even more Down Under than Australia--called Oz by folk thereabouts. Not since Herman Melville voyaged to the Antipodes--not since Ishmael shared a cozy bed with Queequeg, that affectionate cannibal from New Zealand--has an American met Kiwiland in the way you will meet it in this memoir. Allbright describes the wanderlust of being a human exploring the world and the bright, cheeky landscapes of humanity.
More About the Author
He spent three years in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone before traveling overland through other parts of Africa for a year and crossing the Sahara twice.
Later, he called Saudi Arabia (eight months) and France (four years) home.
In Paris, he was a member of the Union des Artistes and acted at the Duncan Theater in the Rue de Seine and at the Theatre de l'Atelier in Montmartre.
He and his spouse trekked extensively in the Himalaya before settling in Orange County, California.
For the past seven years, they have lived in New Zealand with two cats, two dogs, sheep, cows and a donkey named Don Quixote. The Land Near Oz is his first memoir.
Aaron Allbright has degrees in Russian Area Studies, Russian literature, and linguistics and has taught in Sierra Leone-West Africa; Saudi Arabia; Paris; the University of California Irvine; and was a tenured professor at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA.
Top Customer Reviews
Shakti Gawain writes in her "Path To Transformation" that "Each of us makes a real and substantial difference on this planet. By making a commitment to your own consciousness journey, you are helping to change the world."
These words could have been written with this author, Aaron Allbright, in mind. Read this book and you will feel blessed to accompany him on his consciousness journey, blessed to have "met" him and Beau, honored to have read his book. And you will become their friends, attend their unique wedding under the trees on the beach at their New Zealand farm, and come face to face with those "intimations of mortality" which we all get at one time or another.
Lately, with all that has been going on all around this world of us, it is easy to get lost in the anger, the hurt and the panic of it all. With all that happening all around us, it is nice to walk along for a while with a man who has discovered his peace of mind, his part of paradise and shows you that maybe, just maybe, there is enough Paradise left for the rest of us.....all we have to do is to start our own journey to find it.
Aaron takes "side trips," beginning with his long quote from Melville's Moby Dick and adding in detailed stories of the assorted characters and almost mundane experiences that he and Beau meet along the way. I loved the stories and admired greatly Aaron's skill in pulling together in a masterful way the many and varied threads of their stories to the very end, giving tribute to their parents, James Allbright and Delia Marie La Joie Rodrique. Bravo.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Memoirs are my favorite, but I simply did not like the style of Allbright's writing. I tried so hard to get into it -- forcing myself to keep giving it a try. Read morePublished 18 months ago by alariel
This story runs the gamut of emotions. It touching, fun, historically /geographically informative and at times quite comical. Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by Chiselhurst