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As a traveler myself, I could relate to many of Fred's stories about problems with immigration, less than clean hotels (with bed bugs), and the quest for a good place to settle down. I especially enjoyed the last few chapters about the adventures with Steve, a jovial character who has suffered a series of ailments which rendered him delightfully quirky.
Something about the narrative led me to think from the beginning that the book was going to end on some kind of tragedy. There was a certain reflective melancholy to the text as if the author was searching for meaning in his reflections. I'm pleased to report that the book didn't end on some kind of sad revelation, but it did drift a little bit.
There are a lot of great stories in this book, but I would have liked to see them come together a little bit more to produce a kind of overarching theme. Everything is related, and the stories do fit together to form a larger whole, but I think I needed a bit more guidance from the author as to what all these reflections meant. As I write this, I find myself suspecting that perhaps there was some sort of tragedy that prompted the writing of this book, but from which the author decided to spare the reader.
Still, there is an honesty to this book which I enjoyed, and Schäfer is a nimble and effective story teller. He uses dialogue effectively, although at times I would have liked more of the stories to be told through dialogue rather than traditional narrative.Read more ›
Richard Klein, author of Lost Samba
I enjoyed crossing the Nullabour, again, via the showing in this memoir. It was as if I were there once again. This is a part of the country that I love, and I could feel it through the authors words.
I laughed at the man who had lost his sense of smell. I'm glad that Maria got to experience the Great Barrier Reef; it was fun visulising the author's anxiety at that point. The oppressive pre-monsoon build up and the coolness of the Atherton tablelands, I felt all of it though the writing.
There was so much more than the visual journey, this was a journey of a man's thoughts. A sensitive side rarely shared in travel writing. Not overly done, just the right amount. The revelations when expressed made impact, as all good writing should. Yes, I was impressed both with the insights and the authors ability to seamlessly weave them through the story in the right places, sometimes to leave you thinking deeply about life's meaning, and human expectation.
The anecdote about preconceived expectations and Brisbane hit me, me and my life's travel companion felt exactly the same way about Broome, and reacted the same way. Yes, this memoir had me 'hooked' and reliving a journey of my own. Furthermore, even those places where I hadn't been, I felt as if I was experiencing them, far better than through any travel guide.
And I laughed; the advice on how to get a job in Australia when you speak English perfectly but cannot understand the Aussie lingo.Read more ›
It didn't disappoint. The author and his wife, Maria, travel to India, Sri Lanka and Australia with adventurous hearts and fearless spirits. There are trials and tribulations. There are heartbreaking moments as well as joyous ones.
The spirit of India is captured perfectly with many well-chosen stories.
The people of Australia, and the magical land they live in, are described with affection and wonder.
Parts of this book resonated strongly within me. Placed in difficult situations we humans do things that we question later, and the author writes about these moments with honesty and raw emotion. It is beautiful writing.
When I finished the last page, I found myself hoping Mr Schäfer has another round of real-life stories ready to publish, because I believe that his unique voice, with its wisdom and humour is something that should be heard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As an armchair traveler, I really enjoyed Travelling With Maria. I like the way the author describes the places they visit, the food they eat, they joys and the problems they have... Read morePublished 16 days ago by C. M. Monaghan
I read this book because my husband and I love to travel. It is very well written and enjoyable. I only wish it did not end! I would have liked to read even more!Published 5 months ago by michelle b
I started reading this book not knowing what to expect. It is well written and a pleasure to read and in the end I wished it was longer. A big thank you to the author!Published 11 months ago by Rodney Alton
An excellent story, with interesting details and tangible characters. I enjoyed feeling as is I was living life with Maria and Fred, as their circumstances and places of residency... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Huffman
I like travel memoirs and this book didn't do it for me. I wouldn't recommend this book to my friends. I just skipped through it.Published 20 months ago by Joann R. Greene
A delightful read! Lovely word pictures of travel experiences that make you feel you are there with them. In fact the ending was a bit of an anticlimax. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael Marler
I enjoyed the book and the places they visited. I don't have the energy or finance to travels so this is the way I do it by reading.Published 22 months ago by Mildred J. Cook
Fred Schafer is a wonderful storyteller and never disappoints. This delightful book captures the highs and lows, plus everything in between of a young man's experience while... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nancy N. Wilson
Surprised by all the great reviews . Written like a journal , it includes snipets of what could have been great stories but just fell short. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer