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- Print Length: 326 pages
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- Publication Date: September 9, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NGIE7GG
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The basic premise is interesting (especially for a reviewer who has just started ballroom and Latin classes, and is itching to lug her backpack around Latin America one day); the information is there - about the dancing, the food, the history etc, and the writing is articulate and evocative (and, if I remember rightly, typo free - considering I've spotted typos even in 'serious ' books by supposedly reputable university presses, that's hugely impressive).
However, as a previous reviewer said, it is a bit repetitive. Repetition may be good when it comes to learning a dance, but it's not the best way of keeping a reader's attention - as that previous reviewer illustrated. Their beef was that we had the same story repeated over and over again - author arrives in a city, starts to learn a dance, struggles to learn said dance then achieves some degree of competence. Me, I got really frustrated by the way the author would make some witty observation then repeat it but said in a different way, in the very next sentence, just in case we had missed it the first time. Those, to me anyway, were the words that could have gone, making the book move faster (and, thinking about the bottom line, cheaper to print). If those words had to be kept, maybe they could have been employed to say more about the dances themselves, perhaps, or about the place of dancing in Colombia? Yes, dancing is very popular, but, for example, exactly how common are the folk dances - are they taught in every school, or are they a minority pastime, as Morris dancing is in the UK?
I'm in no way dissing this book. I enjoyed reading it, I learned from it, I was inspired by it, I'm glad it was published. I would certainly class it as 'better' than some of the massively-hyped ones published by mainstream publishing houses. But it could have been even better.
The text requires you to read each word carefully or miss a great deal of the author's dry humor. He goes into detail on each of the dances and each of the places he stayed on his journey and even includes little bites of the foods he's eaten there. Part travelogue and part personal exploration, the book mixes exploratory narratives with casual comments on the people he's met and things he's done.
It's a story well-told. If only it weren't so *boring*. I found his fear of dancing to be realistically portrayed, and thus the more irksome as this trait repeated itself over and over. And so did the book. It was a story of repetition, travel, see a new city, learn a new dance, wash, rinse and repeat. Don't get me wrong, it's a good book. It's just boring.
I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Knowing that it's a book about a guy with a mission to learn how to dance in Colombia, I didn't know what to expect from it.Read more