- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (September 9, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595360246
- ISBN-13: 978-0595360246
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,045,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
I am a computer engineer, living in Montreal, Canada. In November 2001, I took an assignment to work in Sweden, where I lived as an expatriate until July 2003. I then left my job in Sweden to embark on a seven-month backpacking journey through Asia/Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and India. During this time, I became accustomed to the ?traveler mentality? and learned to survive on the road.
Top customer reviews
Let's shift focus to where it should go: the book and its author. Writer Anne-Marie M Pop is a Montreal-based computer engineer. In 2001, she took on a two-year job in Sweden, and then quit for a seven-month "backpacking journey through Asia".
This is a reflection -- let's not say 'record' -- of her times in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and India.
It takes her through Cambodian border scams and brothels, Buddhist meditation centers in Thailand, scenic islands, the Mekong and the rain forests. She also lands up in the sex-drugs-and-full-moon-party trail still surviving a generation after the hippies first sought solace and escapism in Asia.
Anne-Marie's book is an easy and entertaining read. It's armchair-tourism from the safety of your own home, with the tantalizing promise of bringing in close, but not too close, the perils that Asia.
Anne-Marie M Pop faces many dangers. More so, as the "young female, traveling alone". She's critical of how Asian men treat women. And as an Asian male, this reviewer would acknowledge that she has a point. But is it Asian males alone? Oftentimes, oppression has a more subtle face on it. In Asia, it doesn't.
Her chapters are usually just two pages long. One comprises just four paras! While this may seem unusual, it makes for easy, relaxed reading.
Young Female Traveling Alone gives the reader both insights and an interesting travelogue into a number of diverse parts of Asia. But does it go deep enough? Does it
repeat stereotypes that we are already brainwashed about? We'd leave that to the reader to judge.
What this writer has to say about Goa and the rest of India struck a chord. She was writing about a place that's barely eight kilometers from home. The last book of the kind is Dr Cleo Odzer's "Goa Freaks". It's a sad story of how a young Jewish lady got caught up with drugs, and almost died of it.
[She cleant up, did her PhD on sex tourism in Patpong, and worked for a rehabilitation group in the US. But, earlier this decade, she returned to Goa, only to die her in an incident which still brings in many curious questions from people who knew her.]
Anne-Marie M.Pop's description was realistic and down to earth. No wonder, as a reviewer, one was both surprised and disappointed to read the 'fiction/general' tag on the back cover of the book. It's so life-like, I thought it was true!
Or, is it?
The next thing Anna decided to do was to take a backpacking trip throughout Southeast Asia and India. During this trip she had many different experiences with drugs, spirituality and rave parties.
What does Anna discover while on this trip? Does she manage to find herself and get her life in order?
The author has written an intriguing read. Once I started reading this book it was difficult to stop. The reader will feel like they are right there with Anna as she makes her adventurous backpacking journey throughout Asia and India. In order to undertake a journey like this alone, it would take a great amount of courage. The author does an excellent job of making the reader feel this also. This is an inspiring story of someone who is trying to find answers and then takes the time to do it. As she goes through her journey, the reader will experience the many highs and lows that Anna faces. Those interested in backpacking will enjoy this book; however, all readers will enjoy this entertaining and inspiring read by this author. This book is highly recommended.
Although I would have enjoyed more background and details, it was fascinating to read how Anna travels from place to place, learning of other cultures, customs, people, and most importantly--herself, as her journey unwinds.
Throughout the story, I would often stop and ask myself, "What would I have done?" Usually the answer was, "I have no idea!" There were many frightening circumstances, but that's what makes life the adventure that it is!
Most recent customer reviews
It gives an interesting view on how a woman can experience Asia and especially India.Read more