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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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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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. :) "
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the book just based on the fact I'm gay, and feel almost compelled to travel. As it turns out the book was quite enjoyable to read. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Travel Mad
"...a kaleidoscope, a chromatic dazzle, a Dorothy-stepping into Munchkinland Technicolor adventure."
Wander the Rainbow more than lives up to the fabulous excerpted... Read more
You'll be surprised at how large the world is when you start, how intimate it feels as you read, and how small you feel when you're done. Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wander the Rainbow on many levels. First, it was very well written and I especially liked how the author compared the cities he visited with more... Read morePublished on July 13, 2010 by Beverly D'Elena
I found 'Wander the Rainbow' to be engaging, moving, and an over-all good read! I was especially taken with the spiritual journey and the morphing of a 'running away from it all... Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by esti jedeikin