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The stories and experiences are biased, but it is not a bad thing; after all, we all have our own way of experiencing the same thing. And in this case, it is easy to see Baker's understanding of the country and relate to it as he has. And don't get me wrong, this is not simply a "love fest" for Chile; it is a complete account of a culture: language, landscape, country, and history - through foreign eyes.
The book contains hilarious exchanges between the author and his wife, links to background and historical information, and even videos filmed by the author or family members. This novella truly utilizes technology to provide a complete experience. It's almost as good as being there.
The writing is impeccable and elevated, yet easy to understand and visualize everything the author is trying to convey. Thomas Baker's skills with the English language show through on every page, and serve as a demonstration of his skills as an instructor. I recommend checking out some of his other books and novellas; they are all inspiring.
After reading these "guides" I was looking for more than just a few tips here and there and information was beginning to get repetitive. Then I stumbled on this book with a very unassuming cover but a title that said it all. Initially I didn't really expect much from it but with my curiosity and a title like that how could I resist?! Who better to give me the info I needed than someone who lived there an expat too?
But as many of the other reviews stated this book is more than a guide. It goes deep into the culture. What also impressed me is the humility of the author. He doesn't profess or claim to be an authority but simply an observer. This book is his perspective and nothing more. To me, you really can't get a clearer picture than one through a clear lens.
Unlike other authors who may have only visited for a few months to a couple years...he has not only been living there more than ten years but now has a Chilean family in Chile. He speaks about life in Chile as someone who can best relate what it is really like and he does it with full admiration and respect for the country.
Thank you sir for sharing a bit of your life with us!
I've never read a book like "I Live In Chile." Baker wins you over from the beginning with his cheerful view of life and deep love for his adopted country. His descriptions of the people, the landscape and the customs of Chile range from mysterious to fascinating to humorous.
I found this book to be completely unique in approach and style. At times it's a bit like a charming travelogue, written by the head of tourism! But, unlike an official release, this account is written with genuine love for the country and admiration for its people. However, what makes this book so exceptional is the effortless way the writer moves from the subject of Chile to how he came to live there and the often amusing ways he grew accustomed to the culture. It's the personal touch, which is the author's special voice coming through, that makes this such a lovely and compelling read.
I truly enjoyed "I Live In Chile" and highly recommend it. This book is delightful in a most unusual way - don't miss it!
Many centuries ago, it took up to two years to travel to Chile. I didn't realize Chile is so close to Antarctica, a country a good friend of mine is planning to visit soon. After reading this book, I would love to visit Chile someday. Spanish is the national language of Chile, and I already know basic Spanish, so that would make a visit to Chile even more enjoyable.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone planning to visit Chile in the future, or to readers who would like to learn more about the country. There is no better person to talk about Chile than one who lives there and obviously loves it!
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