- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (May 31, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595346014
- ISBN-13: 978-0595346011
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,225,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy?: An Intimate Journey through Africa and Asia 0th Edition
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About the Author
MEG PETERSON has traveled extensively and has recently completed the Wainwright Walk across England, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, and circumambulated Mt. Kailash (18,000 ft.) in Tibet. A freelance writer, she lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.
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Top Customer Reviews
Now that I've read this book, I find myself reflecting on it and see how Meg Peterson's journey through Africa and Asia had so many facets. It was a time to be alone, a time to make sense of important relationships, and a time to rediscover life and the world. She did do that. Sometimes with humor and often with gusto, daring and spice! I laughed when I read where she got her book title.
Meg paints more than words with her descriptions. She paints entire scenarios. Through her words,I got to experience geographical and political conditions in far reaches of the world that I might never get to visit. She also shared fascinating conversations with many intriguing and colorful people. From her angle of vision, life is full of adventures even with all its pitfalls and glories.
Finally, her book allows us a glimpse into the soul of another person, Meg Peterson, and sharing her story is what makes this book a page turner.
Having reached the point of realizing she can longer live the way she has been, she determines to make a life of her own choosing, not dominated by men. She divorces her alcoholic husband, opts to spend eight months travelling alone through Africa and Asia with only a backpack, passport, travellers' checks and her camera. She can describe the history and breathtaking beauty of the Taj Mahal, and in the next sentence painfully examine with great empathy the lives of the deprived children. That Meg loves people, and is loved in return, is evident in the joy and excitement of meeting new and old friends. She writes of these things in a natural, open, honest manner that made me feel I was accompanying her, watching her develop a new emotional life. A romantic episode in Nepal challenges her resolve, but she holds true to her new ideals.
Her personal magnetism and versatility are clear. As one of her acquaintances remarks, "Meg, you are some woman." And this is some book, a real joy.
Meg spent most of her time among the local people, away from the safety of the tourist venue, observing and appreciating a wide variety of cultures. Her descriptive passages of the scenic beauty she discovered are exquisitely painted in layers, as with a fine brush, detailed and poetic.
I would highly recomment this book to anyone who needs the inspiration to get out and see the world, or to someone, like me, who enjoys traveling from the comfort of a favorite easy chair. I had difficulty putting this book down, until the end.
Meg's ease and naturalness with dialog is impressive. There are several very lovely poetic passages, and the characterization and description made me feel I knew the people she introduces. Her journey is intriguing and endlessly interesting.
I could hardly bear for Madam to end. There's an Epilog and a Postscript, and they help much, but they're also tantalizing. I look forward to reading the sequel about Meg's later journeys.
This lady carries us along as readers on her journey and transfers her can-do attitude and determination. She gifts us by sharing her stories and experiences. Her candor and wisdom permeate the pages that seem to shout, "I did it!"
And she makes us believe we can, too!