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A World of Villages Hardcover – April 23, 1986
From Library Journal
The commonly heard phrase that a writer has "put a lot of himself into the book" is especially apt for describing Schwartz's six-year journey through Africa and Asia. In that time Schwartz managed to get into the most obscure places imaginable andamazingly get out alive and intact. During much of his odyssey he had little or no money, so he slept on sand, floors, or in parking lots and ate whatever portion of the lo cal fare the nativeswhose languages he seldom understoodtossed his way. The most wonderful thing about the book is the innocence Schwartz pre serves despite the dangers. However the locals react to him, Schwartz makes the best of it and continues with his careful observations. He has written a really memorable book about them and himself. Laurence Hull, Stanly Cty. P.L., Albemarle, N.C.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I think of the countless times he stumbles into a village, approaching a local from a radically different culture. Invariably he would ask for housing, sometimes for a meal. How would he approach? Smiling, maybe speaking a few words in their tongue? Such meetings would require lots of pluck, confidence and quick-thinking!
How refreshing to live through the author's poverty, usually being on the edge of having enough travel funds. Fascinating observing him struggle to live with such a thin wallet and yet not really griping. Occasionally he had to patiently wait for weeks to get funds transmitted or approved. "Refreshing" because he eschewed the generous income a career as a lawyer would have afforded him.
This book will keep you on edge, enjoy it!
This truly is a gem of intelligent travel -- of getting beyond the tourist sites and into the heart and soul of the world. He lives in Tulsa OK these days and writes restaurant reviews. But he clearly has a much more thorough understanding of the world than most of us. This book is a worthy read if you really want to understand the world's heart.
Brians book was a true inspiration as he described simple things such as organising local transport ( such as truck rides ) finding accomodation, and most importantly how to meet the local people.
Based on Brians experiences we tried really hard to get away from the main cities and experience the local village life, and it paid off. Our year of travelling was so much more enriched because of what Brian described and how he approached his travel experience.
Actually I would rate this book 11 out of 10. I have just received a copy from Amazon.com and am enjoying it the second time. Its one of the most treasured books in my collection.
Does anyone know where Brian is now ?