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Wander the Rainbow: A true story of a living liver donation, an epic journey around the world, and a gay man's search for himself Paperback – June 8, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Holistic Ideas Press (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982705905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982705902
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommended... you truly get the feel of traveling along with David as your tour guide. You may even want to go on a rainbow adventure of your own someday. I know I'm ready! --Lyndon Evans, Focus on the Rainbow blogs

All the world's a rebound! After David Jedeikin offers up his soon-to-be ex-boyfriend a pound of his own liver, he distracts himself with a rip-roaring, flashpacking trip around the gay globe! The best thing about travel, he finds, is getting deep enough into the jungle, desert, or snow slopes of Dubai to find a brand new perspective on his own reflection. --Jesse Archer, author of You Can Run: Gay, Glam, and Gritty Travels in South America

Wander the Rainbow is a journey many of us imagine taking yet few have the courage to actually embark upon. Fortunately for us, David Jedeikin took the road less traveled and was brave enough to chronicle his experiences. This queerly bold adventure moves through exotic lands, delivering a story that's fun and funny, thrilling and thoughtful, honest and sexually exciting. --Rick Andreoli, Editor in Chief, Gay.com

"My enjoyment of Wander The Rainbow is based on a simple and ancient premise: That the experience of other travelers is our best map to a strange land. Jedeikin's stories will delight you, warn you, make you laugh, perhaps even shock you. He describes a spectrum of adventures that will deepen your understanding of different cultures and enrich your sense of what it means to be human." --Alan Chin, author, Island Song, The Lonely War, and Match Maker

"A uniquely intimate travelogue -- David Jedeikin offers a rich, thoroughly readable account of his continent-spanning journey." --Louis Peitzman, San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

A native of Montreal, Canada, David Jedeikin came to America in search of fame and fortune, but found greater fulfillment as a software engineer. A nomad even before his world journey, Jedeikin has lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lansing, Michigan, Chicago, and Boston. During this time he managed to organize a world-record-breaking charity telethon, co-edit a start-up Internet magazine, and serve as assistant editor on a French-Canadian-Mexican made-for-TV production of Tarzan. For the moment, Jedeikin has laid down roots in San Francisco, where he works as a software engineer, but the lure of further travel is never far from his mind.

More About the Author

From his earliest memories, David Jedeikin has possessed an unquenchable thirst for world travel and -- once he could read -- for well-crafted writing.

A native of Montreal, Canada, when he was four his family decamped for a three-year stint to the Mediterranean shores of suburban Tel Aviv. He vividly recalls early road trips across the region -- through the fertile Jordan Valley, the arid Dead Sea -- even through the Gaza Strip before it became a war zone; as well as later forays to Amsterdam, London, and New York. He studied English and Communications at Montreal's McGill University. In his youth he devoured classic science fiction -- Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Ursula Le Guin -- along with works by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Today, he counts writers of travel, philosophy, and modern life such as Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Douglas Coupland, and Alain de Botton among his major influences. Jedeikin infuses his writing with connections between the disparate and the unexpected -- a refreshing, insightful touch sure to appeal to the broadminded, modern reader.

Over the course of his adult life Jedeikin has lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lansing, Michigan, Chicago, and Boston... a nomad even before his world journey. During this time he managed to co-edit a start-up Internet magazine; serve as assistant editor on a Canadian-French-Mexican made-for-TV production of Tarzan; and carve out a successful niche in San Francisco's burgeoning technology industry. Wander the Rainbow is his first book, having grown out of a blog chronicling a unique round-the-world trip that took place in the wake of some intense life circumstances. He hopes his memoir elicits thought, discussion, amusement... and inspires others to head out on wanderings of their own. For the moment, Jedeikin has laid down roots in San Francisco, where he works as a software engineer... but the lure of further travel is never far from his mind.

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As it turns out the book was quite enjoyable to read.
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David speaks to the universal desire of yearning to know and to be known, and his story is as thought-provoking as it is poignant.
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Wander the Rainbow more than lives up to the fabulous excerpted quote above!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Palmer on June 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
David has crafted a wonderfully written and multi-layered account of one man's travels across the globe. He has an eye for detail that makes for a rich reading experience, and his tone is always energetic and buoyant, which made me feel like I was right there with him during his travels. David speaks to the universal desire of yearning to know and to be known, and his story is as thought-provoking as it is poignant. I truly enjoyed it!
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By Travel Mad on March 4, 2013
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I bought the book just based on the fact I'm gay, and feel almost compelled to travel. As it turns out the book was quite enjoyable to read. For that narrow audience of gay men who desire experiential travel, you'll connect with this book I think.
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As I was reading this book, I was amazed to see that David Jedeikin, the author of Wander the Rainbow, had clairvoyant eyes when he arrived in Cairo on his Wander the Rainbow journey around the world. He was really prescient when he wrote of the great, ancient city, "And yet...it's hobbled, a great beast weakened by time and circumstance. .....It feels as if Cairo is just lying in wait for Egypt to rise again." How true that turned out to be! How many other insights into the history of these famous places did David experience on his journey? A lot. Read the book and you'll see what I mean. I am looking forward to his next book where I hope he wanders the rainbow of himself and tells the story of a man who gave up his liver and looked into his heart to find himself.
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David Jedeikin saved a life. His partner of three years was in need of a liver transplant, so David agreed to be his living donor. Shortly afterward, they broke up. In need of a "life experience" himself, David decides to take seven months off to travel the world. Traveling as a flashpacker, David sets out on a trip across six continents.

We learn the origins of David and Bradley's relationship in the first eight page chapter actually entitled "Origins." The two are eleven years apart in age, and "in some respects come from different galaxies." Unfortunately, I didn't really have any sympathy for Bradley. He seems pompous and immature, and not very gracious toward David's decision to be his donor. Therefore, you almost feel sorry for David, especially after this quote near the end of Chapter 1:

"In every one of the places I've called home since striking out from my birthplace it's been the same cycle, again and again: anticipation, hope, optimism, a new circle of friends, a new job, sometimes a new mate. And then...disappointment. Discord. Heartbreak. And the cycle begins anew."

Wow! I'd want to escape and see the world too. Being a gay man myself, I could totally sympathize with David. I've had guys break my heart after I gave them a ring or even my heart 100%. But my liver? I can't imagine the heartbreak and turmoil David must have gone through. From California, to Denver, to his homeland of Montreal, to London, David is out of the country by page 16! Both the reader and David have put this behind them, and we're off to conquer the world.

On the cover of the book is the following description: A true story of a living liver donation, an epic journey around the world, and a gay man's search for himself.
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"...a kaleidoscope, a chromatic dazzle, a Dorothy-stepping into Munchkinland Technicolor adventure."

Wander the Rainbow more than lives up to the fabulous excerpted quote above!!! (page7 first full paragraph, last sentence)

Plus, David is a remarkable guy who not only survived relationship drama, a liver donation, and amazing around the world journey, he also self-published this book! AND it's quite the success!

It makes me not only want to live and travel more adventurously (I'm working on it), but also gives me confidence that with some discipline and motivation I just might have a book to publish someday too. Though I could only dream of having such a great story to tell.
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