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Worlds Apart: 2 friends, 2 journeys, and 10 life lessons - a true story

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  10 reviews
WOR(L)DS APART is a book about a friendship across cultures, and the insights it evokes.

While Smitha Murthy is in a foreign country for the first time – teaching English at a Chinese school – she chances upon a fellow traveller in the web: Dorothee Lang, who has just returned to Europe from a journey to Asia, and is trying to find the balance between everyday joys and wor
Paperback, 242 pages
Published July 2012 by Folded Word Press
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Christopher Allen
Two world-curious travelers who've never met start an email correspondence, and over a year later the epistolary work Worlds Apart is born.

I can imagine, in the age of social networking, that millions of people do what Dorothee Lang and Smitha Murthy have done. People write emails to strangers they meet on Facebook about their travels, write blog posts about things they've learned on their travels, post pictures. And these posts and pics are interesting in their way and at their register of soc
Berit Ellingsen
Smitha from India is working as a teacher in China and is homesick. Dorothee from Germany has been to India and blogs about her travels. Smitha finds Dorothee’s website and the two start a friendship of correspondence. By coincidence their travels, letters and meetings with others take them to the same locales and similar themes and challenges in life. Dorothee and Smitha’s emails, travel stories and photographs make up the text in Worlds Apart.

The letters describe the art of traveling, of livin
This book is very special, starting with its origin, an exchange of mails that occurred between two women whose paths crossed on line. They were from different cultures and were leading very different lives, one in China and the other in Germany. What evolves is a friendship, and with it comes an appreciation of differences, surprising shared experiences, soaring joys and frustrating obstacles. And somehow the synergy of their knowing each other, though only through their mails and messages, cry ...more
I was lucky enough to win this book through Goodreads First Reads contest. I was really excited to start reading this book, since I have been pen palling for the better part of my life. However, it took me quite a while to get into this book, and it was not the type of story that I just "couldn't put down". In fact I had a hard time picking it up, until I got about 50% through.... then I read the last half of the book in a day. When I first started the book, I figured I'd be able to read the who ...more
J.S. Graustein
Jul 24, 2012 J.S. Graustein rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved publishing this book and am so happy that it is now available for others to enjoy.
Worlds Apart: 2 friends, 2 journeys, and 10 life lessons - a true story by Smitha Murthy and Dorothee Lang is a calm, meditative journey throughout the world, from China to India and Europe. The two authors provide a mix of emails, letters and essays about their travels and the sentiments they shared with each from thousands of miles away.

The book is fascinating on many levels. First, the authors had never met when they started corresponding with each other. The mutual love of travel and places
Dorothee Lang
Sep 28, 2012 Dorothee Lang rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Worlds Apart Author Question & Answers

"Were there things that were far too personal to include in the book?"

"Do you do your physical writing while moving? Or do you get motion-sick and have to recreate that experience later when the paper is still?"

These are just some of the questions that were part of the Author Question & Answers at Goodreads, a live chat about the "Worlds Apart" book and about traveling and writing.

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Marcus Speh
This looks fantastic, I can’t wait to get this book. I have followed Dorothee’s meandering literary and artistic paths for a few years now, and whatever emerges from her workshop is exciting, original and inspiring. Will come back here when I've received and read it!
Two women meet through email and share their philosphies on life and travel. Interesting enough.
Elizabeth Adams
I'll be adding a review this coming week.
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Dorothee Lang is into roads, stories, places, crossings, and all the things they lead and connect to.
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