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3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The Elsewhere Hotel in Bali has dreamy villas, a sparkling pool and lush gardens – Find Yourself, promises the hotel’s brochure. The Elsewhere also has Perpetua de Mello weaving her mother’s wisdom with her own multicultural heritage to prepare sumptuous meals for tired Western guests.

It should be the perfect holiday getaway for the newlyweds on their first trip overseas;
Paperback, 300 pages
Published 2010 by UWAP
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Jan 19, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in travel and tourism
Recommended to Lisa by: UWAP
Shelves: australia, c21st, 11review
As I wrote when I posted an excerpt from this novel as a Sensational Snippet, (see Sustenance ought to be compulsory reading for blithe travellers to holiday resorts in other cultures.

We’ve all seen them – they’re everywhere these days because tourism is the life blood of nearly every economy in the world. Tourists tramping through places of worship as if they’re shopping centres; tourists proclaiming their ignorance of history and culture with their lo
Aug 14, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it
Set at a quiet resort in Bali, Sustenance looks at the use of food as a means of both spiritual and physical comfort when all hope is gone.

A warning; hotel chef Perpetua de Mello will have you drooling over the pages so try not to ruin your book, especially if it’s from the library!

On a different level, Sustenance tackles the big themes of family, love, self-worth and what remains when death comes knocking.

“Find yourself at The Elsewhere Hotel” the brochure claims, and this is what the host of
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May 20, 2011 Jane Routley rated it liked it
Sensusous and interesting about the tourist/ local divide. Read this after reading Ann Patchetts Bel Canto which I'm afriad it is too much like. Enjoyed it but. A solid piece of story telling. Reads a lot like a book thats been throughly workshopped.
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Full of cliches, stereotypes and unsympathetic characters.
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