Alex Sheshunoff has started his own Internet company (that really had a noble goal!) and has worked at it for 5 years, but finally decides, due to various circumstances, that he’s had enough. The company has lots of issues and the goal he set out for it, it’s nowhere near accomplishing. So he decides to quit it all and escape. He quits his company, breaks up with his girlfriend, sublets his apartment, and takes off to find what he thinks Gauguin found – Paradise.
First thing to note is that obviously, the author has a lot of privilege to be able to pick up everything and move to a tropical island in the Pacific. The nice thing is that he acknowledges that at several points throughout the book. So leaving that aside...
I enjoyed this book. It was a nice getaway from real life for a couple hours and it was funny. Sheshunoff got himself into some memorable situations and he brings a light-hearted tone to all of it.
The cool thing is that he decided to read 100 books while escaping. This before the days of the e-reader. Getting all that weight around as he moved must have been quite the task! Anyway, I loved this angle of the story because it sounds like exactly something I’d love to do. He ties some of the books he’s reading into the stories he tells as well, which I thought was well done.
One thing I liked about the book was that as Sheshunoff traveled to different islands and tried out different places to live, he tried to understand the local culture and customs, and tried to fit in with some of it. He did this while acknowledging that he’d always be the outsider, and truly, he’d probably never really fit in. I liked that he was truthful about things like that throughout the telling of his adventures.
A pretty fun, entertaining read and a nice break from reality.
Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
As I started reading this book, the first thing I wondered was who it's intended for. Kids? Adults? Birders? Owl people? Halfway through, I determinedAs I started reading this book, the first thing I wondered was who it's intended for. Kids? Adults? Birders? Owl people? Halfway through, I determined it's a fairly large audience, but definitely not for kids. I think it's probably best as an intro to owls, or as a fun, non-scientific book for owl lovers.
The best part was, of course, the illustrations. These are all watercolor paintings of different owls and they're quite lovely. The drawings are paired with short, mostly whimsical descriptions. I actually found the descriptions a little inconsistent. Some were full of facts (though still written in a fun way), while others were just kind of silly.
One of my favorite descriptions was the Dusky Eagle-Owl - this is an owl from India and Sewell described it in very Indian terms, which really made me laugh.
Here, escaping the hullabaloo, he and his good wife reside all year round and take tiffin at dusk, consisting of the local avifauna. Sounds pukka.
Overall, this was a fun book. I read it in ebook format so I really wonder what the actual book looks like. Often, art books are much better in tangible form than in ebook.
Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more