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Perking the Pansies - Jack and Liam Move to Turkey Paperback – December 22, 2011
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"Empathetic, respectful and pretty acute." Huge Pope, Author and Journalist
'Empathetic, respectful and pretty acute.' Hugh Pope, journalist and author. 'The book's originality lies more in it's honesty about the grubby reality of expat life that conventional travel literature prefers to gloss over.' Pat Yale, Time Out, Istanbul. 'At turns, hilarious, saucy, witty, heartwarming and incredibly moving.' Global Living Magazine. 'Funny and insightful and poignant all at once.' Rainbow Book Awards.
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Exotic and beautiful as Turkey is, it is definitely not London (or at least not English) and one cannot help but admire the spirit that prompted Jack and Liam to make the jump. As a frequent visitor to Turkey I could add some hilarious moments - not wanting to take advantage of my host's hospitality, I attempted to do a load of laundry in machines with dials entirely in Turkish. This prompted a near strike of the household help: "Your friend thinks we are not good enough to do her washing!" This, of course, prompted me to pass clothing that had never been worn to be laundered and to bow and scrape and give lire for a job well done.
Kudos to Jack and Liam - You nailed it! Loved it
I'm a frequent visitor to his Blog "Perking the Pansies" Perking the Pansies, the Blog, and love to get my daily dose of Pansy-narrative about the trails and tribulations of Jacks expat life in Turkey. Even though he posts every day - it's never enough -- and it's great he's written his first book, so we can absorb ourselves in his adventure.
Perking the Pansies, isn't just Jack's blog on steroids. Yes there's the familiarity of Jack-the-Blog peppered in this tome, but he takes us on a effortless journey of one well written chapter after another. Jack delivers a well thought out, well developed literary expedition, that left me glowing with admiration at his transition from random blogger to eloquent author. I can't heap any more praise on Jack and Perking the Pansies, without gushing.
His book takes us on a journey, ladened with wit and comical interactions. But don't be misled that this is a lighthearted aventure into expat land. There's a darker and less appealing side of Turkey that Jack exposes us to, which makes us realize that no matter how much we covert his expat existence, no destination is a nirvana.
Life is bitter sweet, and Jack manages to deliver a balanced combination of both in Perking the Pansies.
The book is hysterical but be warned the quick slashes of irreverent, tongue-in-cheek language will have you spitting wine out your nose and choking on your hors d'oeuvres. Take appropriate precautions.
It is naked humor that creates realism. Jack doesn’t spare the truth. His descriptions strip away all the pretentions and leave the characters exposed for who they really are instead of who they pretend to be. It is uncomfortable and yet there is no hate or cruelty. Jack is not mean. It is uncomfortable because the truth often is.
Jack does not protect himself from himself as he narrates the book. The book gives an intimate look at his life and thoughts. The little details like Jack standing in the mirror making a face lift with his fingers are true-to-life and relatable. It is raw honesty and it makes him a real person. I found myself alternately rooting for Jack and Liam and fearing their naïveté. They became friends and I was invested in their success.
The message is inspiring. Jack and Liam’s journey teaches us that happiness matters but it isn’t always easy. Courage is required. Fear cannot be allowed to gorvern. Waiting for everything to be safe is not the answer. Change will only come from everyday people brave enough to live everyday lives.
“Perking the Pansies” is a great book. It will make you laugh. It will make you think. It will require self-reflection. It will stay with you. You will be glad you read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A vibrant, truthful and detailed account of jack and Liam's introduction into the colourful life of an expat living in Turkey. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
With tongue-in-cheek British wit, Jack Scott describes the life of two gay Brits in Turkey... and the colorful collection of expats and other folk they encounter there. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Madeleine
would have liked more details about actually living, shopping, eating, relaxing, etc. in Turkey. too many details around the personal lives. parts are a bit humorous howeverPublished 24 months ago by Richard H. Smith
It was a wonderful book to begin with. It really got me chuckling or what others were calling it as LOL. Funny. Read morePublished on August 9, 2014 by Jonathan
I gobbled this book down as I think Jack and Liam both are ridiculously hilar.Published on July 21, 2014 by Mete Karadeniz
Jack is a brilliantly funny writer! His words cleverly paint his adventures in Turkey with Liam. This is a great read that will have you laughing out loud!Published on January 28, 2014 by Paula Lucas
I totally enjoyed reading about Liam and Jack's adventures in Turkey - wow! what a change to go from England to a basically third world country to start a new life. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by D. G. May
Jack Scott did it. He managed to bring the "expat experience" to life. I've been one for over a decade and can say with all honestly: Anyone who wants to feel what it's like to... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Lou Kief
Having been to Turkey and enjoyed the people and country, I was interested to read this take on a gay couple going to live the life mediterranean. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Rose