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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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!
This is one mans journey in reaching for his dream of becoming a teacher, from the USA to Chile.
Teaching English as a foreign language.
Thomas writes in a very warm and caring way, and pointing out the 'ups' and 'downs' of his transition.
Some of the images are outstanding, but the story is heartfelt.
Just added Chile to my bucket list.
Thanks Thomas for a great read and a beautiful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too rambling and not enough content. The first couple of chapters were engaging but then it became repetitive and rambling.Published 6 months ago by Angela M. Bowman
I had already a desire to visit Chile having heard how beautiful it was. I read a few of the other Chile "guides" in hope of finding more about the culture before I go. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Smith
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. After reading, I am sure about one thing. Next summer I will definitely visit Chile! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marika germanis
Chile is still a developing country full of bad things too and I'm sure that he probably had a hard time adapting to his new home and life but somehow none of that was enough to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr Flash
This is the "Expat Guidebook for Chile" that's not really a guidebook. But every expat in Chile ought to have a copy of this book. Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Zhu Hsia
I have read books by Author Thomas Baker in the past and have never been disappointed. He is the Coordinator of an English Department at a High School in Chile, and after reading... Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Caujuan Akim Mayo