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Wander the Rainbow: A true story of a living liver donation, an epic journey around the world, and a gay man's search for himself Paperback – June 8, 2010

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Highly recommended... you truly get the feel of traveling along with David as your tour guide. You may even want to go on a rainbow adventure of your own someday. I know I'm ready! --Lyndon Evans, Focus on the Rainbow blogs

All the world's a rebound! After David Jedeikin offers up his soon-to-be ex-boyfriend a pound of his own liver, he distracts himself with a rip-roaring, flashpacking trip around the gay globe! The best thing about travel, he finds, is getting deep enough into the jungle, desert, or snow slopes of Dubai to find a brand new perspective on his own reflection. --Jesse Archer, author of You Can Run: Gay, Glam, and Gritty Travels in South America

Wander the Rainbow is a journey many of us imagine taking yet few have the courage to actually embark upon. Fortunately for us, David Jedeikin took the road less traveled and was brave enough to chronicle his experiences. This queerly bold adventure moves through exotic lands, delivering a story that's fun and funny, thrilling and thoughtful, honest and sexually exciting. --Rick Andreoli, Editor in Chief, Gay.com

"My enjoyment of Wander The Rainbow is based on a simple and ancient premise: That the experience of other travelers is our best map to a strange land. Jedeikin's stories will delight you, warn you, make you laugh, perhaps even shock you. He describes a spectrum of adventures that will deepen your understanding of different cultures and enrich your sense of what it means to be human." --Alan Chin, author, Island Song, The Lonely War, and Match Maker

"A uniquely intimate travelogue -- David Jedeikin offers a rich, thoroughly readable account of his continent-spanning journey." --Louis Peitzman, San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

A native of Montreal, Canada, David Jedeikin came to America in search of fame and fortune, but found greater fulfillment as a software engineer. A nomad even before his world journey, Jedeikin has lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lansing, Michigan, Chicago, and Boston. During this time he managed to organize a world-record-breaking charity telethon, co-edit a start-up Internet magazine, and serve as assistant editor on a French-Canadian-Mexican made-for-TV production of Tarzan. For the moment, Jedeikin has laid down roots in San Francisco, where he works as a software engineer, but the lure of further travel is never far from his mind.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Holistic Ideas Press (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982705905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982705902
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,731,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew C. Macintosh on December 6, 2015
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What a great read!

I love stories that fuse world travel with an inner-journey of self-discovery. My sole critique is that the author only spent 17 pages on Steve—far too little real estate for this complex, compelling character.

On page 290, the author asks, “Will Steve’s unpredictable nature spark a reprise of hostility?” Alas, we never find out what happens to Steve, this mysterious (and likely misunderstood) specimen of creative genius. Will he lose his mind? Will his life spiral out of control due to his unpredictable nature? Or will he buy the book, read through page 6 (where he discovers his pseudonym for the first time), and download the Kindle version so he can jump to every instance of the word “Steve” throughout the entire book. The author mentions “Steve” a total 30 times, by the way... again, far too little for my taste.

Alas, we’ll never know what happens to Steve... unless the author gifts us a follow-up memoir. Ooooh, what I wouldn’t give to read a book that focuses exclusively on the trials and tribulations of the illustrious Steve!
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Non fiction. Very well written story about a man's journey - real and metaphorical. The descriptions of the places he visited were really great, I wish I could travel like him:)

I have to admit that it took me some time to fully immerse myself into David Jedeikin's huge book. For one thing, the narrative changed from the story of an apparently happy gay couple to one of tragedy when one half of the couple needs a liver transplant to a story that appeared to be about a now-single gay man literally traveling through the entire planet. But even then, the story split into two levels: one was the travelogue (which encompassed the main narrative) and one that was not as specific but still quite important: David's quest to figure out his place in the world. While I wouldn't say that I was intimidated by the size of the book--after all, David's story *needed* this much space to develop--it was, at times, an exhausting read. For David travels from one place to the next so fast that it almost felt like he was (literally) running away from everyone including himself. As a travelogue, it worked. As a gay book, um, I'm not feeling so sure. Despite all of David's hookups or romances in different countries (some more poignant than others), I got the feeling that he placed himself more as Jew than as a gay man. There were certain ""discovery"" moments when he reconnected with his faith (ironic since he's not particularly religious) that were understandable, but (to me) somewhat distracting. If anything, reading this book has really made me think about doing some serious travel in the near future. :) "
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David has crafted a wonderfully written and multi-layered account of one man's travels across the globe. He has an eye for detail that makes for a rich reading experience, and his tone is always energetic and buoyant, which made me feel like I was right there with him during his travels. David speaks to the universal desire of yearning to know and to be known, and his story is as thought-provoking as it is poignant. I truly enjoyed it!
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As I was reading this book, I was amazed to see that David Jedeikin, the author of Wander the Rainbow, had clairvoyant eyes when he arrived in Cairo on his Wander the Rainbow journey around the world. He was really prescient when he wrote of the great, ancient city, "And yet...it's hobbled, a great beast weakened by time and circumstance. .....It feels as if Cairo is just lying in wait for Egypt to rise again." How true that turned out to be! How many other insights into the history of these famous places did David experience on his journey? A lot. Read the book and you'll see what I mean. I am looking forward to his next book where I hope he wanders the rainbow of himself and tells the story of a man who gave up his liver and looked into his heart to find himself.
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David Jedeikin saved a life. His partner of three years was in need of a liver transplant, so David agreed to be his living donor. Shortly afterward, they broke up. In need of a "life experience" himself, David decides to take seven months off to travel the world. Traveling as a flashpacker, David sets out on a trip across six continents.

We learn the origins of David and Bradley's relationship in the first eight page chapter actually entitled "Origins." The two are eleven years apart in age, and "in some respects come from different galaxies." Unfortunately, I didn't really have any sympathy for Bradley. He seems pompous and immature, and not very gracious toward David's decision to be his donor. Therefore, you almost feel sorry for David, especially after this quote near the end of Chapter 1:

"In every one of the places I've called home since striking out from my birthplace it's been the same cycle, again and again: anticipation, hope, optimism, a new circle of friends, a new job, sometimes a new mate. And then...disappointment. Discord. Heartbreak. And the cycle begins anew."

Wow! I'd want to escape and see the world too. Being a gay man myself, I could totally sympathize with David. I've had guys break my heart after I gave them a ring or even my heart 100%. But my liver? I can't imagine the heartbreak and turmoil David must have gone through. From California, to Denver, to his homeland of Montreal, to London, David is out of the country by page 16! Both the reader and David have put this behind them, and we're off to conquer the world.

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