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Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman's Travel Odyssey

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A passionate journey of love, discovery, and serendipity radiating from a remote Fijian beach to the far reaches of the globe. Heartwarming, funny, and wise, Laurie Gough has written a profound testament to the invaluable lessons of the road.
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Travelers' Tales Guides (first published 1999)
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I enjoyed this book, the descriptions of the places she visits are on the whole compelling and transport you to the place, but sometimes veer into the cheesy or romanticising - same goes for her description of the people, and this becomes more apparent as you get further into the book. Also, she puts herself into some dangerous situations but never really admits it, and you can't be sure whether she is carefree and adventurous or just terribly naive. Dressing up to go out to a seedy brothel, the ...more
Lyn Fuchs
Laurie Gough is the feminist Jack Kerouac. She weaves a lyrical narrative as intricate as the Moroccan carpets she was once drugged into buying. I picked up her book Kite Strings of the Southern Cross with no intention of surrendering my machismo virtue to gooey Goughy prose. Yet, Laurie seduced and ravaged me against my will, and I must say, "I liked it!"

Laurie is a redhaired beauty with freckles on her creamy shoulders that call out to be included among the known constellations. Connecting the
Amy Rudolph
I enjoyed the beginning part of this book very much - Gough writes beautifully, and many passages in this book resonated with me. I was particularly struck, for example, by her vivid descriptions of snorkeling and of sunsets. She has a somewhat grittier philosophy of travel than I do, but I share her interest not just in seeing the pretty monuments and standard tourist sites that everyone sees, but in experiencing "real" life in a foreign land. Her writing brought alive for me the culture and th ...more
"Kite Strings of the Southern Cross" is indeed "a woman's travel odyssey," a story of wandering in search of paradise, finding it, losing it, and learning to move on.

The book is built around two extended trips to Fiji, but the narrative cuts between those experiences and some of her other travels. This narrative structure has the effect of breaking up the relentless, "first this happened, then that happened" march of time that some travel narratives follow slavishly. It felt much more like how w
Laurie Gough is a young, fresh voice with a well worn soul in this, her first travel collection. Her willingness to go where a sane person would fear to tread re-enforces the fact that we are all lucky to have survived our youth. Buts, she goes with eyes wide open, sucking in life and giving back tender, insightful reflections upon her haps and mishaps during her wander year at age twenty three. There is not one bruised sunset, instead crimson slashes across the heavens. Her descriptions are int ...more
This is a lovely memoir that combines vivid descriptions and entertaining stories of the places she's been with a touch of deeper thinking that illuminates how travel can change you. At moments laugh out loud funny and poignant in others; I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.
Kathy Satterfield
One of the most inspirational travel books I have ever read. A near perfect 5, which I have never encountered. I have recommended and gifted this book to many friends. It is the reminder to us to take that leap into adventure.
Aimee Gibson
Great read, I could imagine myself travelling the globe and chilling out in fiji
I had so much fun travelling tbe globe with Laurie Gough. I travel as often as I can, searching for new experiences, but I would never have the kismet to survive the way Laurie Gough experimented with her mode of relating to strangers in foreign lands. She threw caution to the wind and caught a swell of foolhardy adventures, but she knows herself well, and with little money, discovers a tale. I loved reading her stories for the sheer fun of it, and she influenced my new found love of women trave ...more
While I enjoyed this book, I can't say I really related to the author. She did some really stupid things (hey - let's dress slutty and go to a brothel! What fun!). But, in Fiji she really did immerse herself in the culture (mostly because of a "hot" guy) and gives the reader a look at what it would be like to live there, if even for a short period of time.
Aug 09, 2007 Helki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travelers, people who like travel literature
I was a bit disappointed in this book because I liked it less than Kiss the Sunset Pig. But I still liked it, still enjoyed reading about all the author's travel adventures around the world. Her descriptions are luscious, and her courage makes me want to travel more on my own. (In theory, anyway.)
An enjoyable travelogue with perceptive observations, much more than a "what I saw and did" more of an account of how places impacted on the author. Being familiar with some of the places Laurie visited added an extra dimension for me.
Apr 29, 2008 David rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: an enemy.
In the words of Crash Davis: "Self indulgent, over-rated crap." I even read this while traveling to the places she describes in the book. I just couldn't get into it.

I could go on...but why?
Manda loaned this to me - great travel memoir - which took me to Fiji and many other amazing places. Armchair traveling at its best!
Jun 07, 2013 Shauna marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It was really good, the author happens to be my aunt's sister and she is awesome to have conversations with :)
Sarah Somewhere
Brilliant! Absolutely loved every second of this book. I'm inspired as a writer and a traveller!!! Thank you Laurie.
Regina Wood
Not exactly the most well written book I've read...but because I *love* travel writing...I loved it. Inspiring...
Wonderful travel journal that made me wish I was brave enough to explore fiji on my own.
Natalie Patton
Once again, didn't finish it. Left the last 50 pages to mystery...
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