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Even A Daughter Is Better Than Nothing Paperback – July 22, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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As if The Travels of Marco Polo had been written by Sir Richard Burton. (Bob Black)
At a time when travel writing has become a mere showcase for an author's endless philosophizing, Mykel Board's book is a refreshingly philosophy free recounting of people and events in deepest Mongolia, especially dear to those of who will never get there ourselves. The style is clean and direct, the viewpoint both dispassionate and loving, and there is no patronizing analysis of a foreign world on display. It's funny and true ― some people may find Board eccentric, but I find his bent point of view remarkably sane. (Jennifer Blowdryer, NY Press)
Top Customer Reviews
Public transportion doesn't run on time, the plumbing doesn't work, classes are scheduled in the wrong classrooms, and signs saying someone takes credit cards usually don't mean that at all as Mr. Board repeatedly hears the mantra "this is Mongolia." What the writer does find is a lovable people not afraid of hard work and accepting of strangers. They dress up to have a photo taken, are offended if you do not eat their food-- even though you prefer not to eat unadorned fat-- poor Mr. Board at times reminded me a little of Cool Hand Luke's stuffing himself with eggs in the movie by the same name-- and can drink you under the table. These folks drink vodka like Americans drink Cokes. (I'm surprised that Mr. Board had a liver when he returned to New York.) He also found "Pro Wrestling, rock'n'roll, Christianity, and probably someday soon, McDonalds." But apparently no designer coffee shops yet.
Although Mr. Board describes himself as a good instructor-- and I believe him-- he on several occasions uses incorrect English, always making the same grammatical error: "He wimps out, leaving Sebastian and I stranded" (p. 270) is incorrect.Read more ›
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A nice and easy read. If you're a fan of his Columns in Maximum Rock n Roll, you'll love it! Had me chuckling on the commute to work for a couple of days(only a couple though, as... Read morePublished on July 1, 2008 by sophisticated bogan
Well, nobody could say that Mykel Board isn't full of life ! Whoa ! A very interesting guy, ready to try anything, not turning up his nose at anything. Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by Bob Newman
This is an incredibly hilarious and educational adventure at the far frontiers of modern culture. Author Board really does put you right there in the middle of this strange... Read morePublished on December 19, 2005 by Leslie Miller