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A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
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Oct 22, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: indo
Read in October, 2010

I read this book while I was extremely sick (with food poisoning, I think), so I picked it up and put it down a lot, and it put my miserable health into perspective. I give it five stars (even though it maybe is more accurately a four star) because it was an engaging story, but mainly because there were so many little details of their life in Malay that are now familiar to me-- the rice paddies, lemon squash, words like kota bahru, it just gave it an added appeal.

It is one of those books I keep bringing up, in talking to my friends here. I suppose it means I am still thinking about it subconsciously.

I think trials bring out our true colors, and we often rise to the occasion, But not everyone does, I related this to the 31 day trips I used to take with adjudicated youth. The kids either rose to the occasion or they started stealing chocolate milks... Now a 31 day trip is not a death march all over a foreign country, but it is true with that group of women in the story--those who adapted to the climate and the culture, survived and grew healthier. Those who insisted on staying English, with english clothes and customs, did not survive.
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