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Radio Shangri-la by Lisa Napoli
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bookshelves: anthropological, memoirs, non-fiction, tigard-library, travel
Read in April, 2012

Read this right after Beyond the Sky and the Earth, by Jamie Zeppa, who lived and taught in Bhutan for several years. The two books provided very different perspectives on Bhutan, not only because the action took place a few decades apart but because Napoli didn't immerse herself in Bhutanese culture to the extent Zeppa did. (For example, Napoli avoided the Bhutanese staple dish, finding it too spicy and foreign, instead favoring imported Western goods; Zeppa learned to cook and eat like a native. Zeppa lived in and explored many rural areas on her own, by foot, whereas Napoli lived in comparatively cosmopolitan Thimphu, apparently didn't do too much exploring, and seemed to always be driven around.)

Although less recent, Zeppa's memoir seemed more informative and thorough. I enjoyed that one more, but I did get a lot out of this one and I would definitely recommend it.
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