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An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof
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Mar 14, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, food-travel, beach-reads
Read in April, 2009

An enjoyable and easy read that chronicles the adventures of a middle-aged married couple who give up their jobs for 2 years to sail from Toronto to the Caribbean and back again. What I loved about this book is that it's not a mid-life crisis escape, but rather the story of two people who decided to take a risk while they had the chance. The author and her husband don't rashly head off to the Caribbean - they spend 7 years planning and preparing for their adventure. As they set off, the author shares the anxieties any typical person would have when giving up work for an extended period, combined with the anxieties of doing something you've never done before. What makes this an enjoyable story is that the text flows from those early anxieties and you watch the pair grow in their skill and comfort over time and through their trip. By the end of the book, the reader is as melancholy that the story ends as the author is that her two year cruise has come to an end.

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