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Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald
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Mar 06, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction-travel, non-fiction-india
Read from March 02 to 05, 2010

I read a few reviews here and there from others on this book and I kind of feel like they didn't really read the entire book. Of course Sarah Macdonald was selfish and whiney in the beginning. In fact, she admits it and ridicules herself for it by deliberately describing her honest reactions to some of the less stellar things you'll find in India. She clearly knows how obsurd her overwrought reactions to the beggars and the trash and the pollution are especially when placed in contrast with those things but they are still valid because this book isn't a travelogue, it's her account of living in India for two years. And I thought for all that, she did a very good job of portraying India for what it is, a land of contradictions. I've been very lucky in that I've been able to visit twice, although I didn't get to explore as many religions as Macdonald does, and I love India for all of those contradictions. Macdonald may have gone in as a selfish and intolerant Westerner but I feel like she came out the other side loving India as much as I do.

I know a lot of people wanted more characterization of her husband, and I kind of agree there it would have been nice to have him fleshed out a bit more, but this is ultimately a story of her journey and I think he might have detracted a bit from that. It would have been too long!! Honestly I'd love to find a book about his experiences though, especially about being in Afghanistan right when the war started.

I particularly loved the ending because I think that she came full circle and gained new appreciation for not only India but also her own country. Very good read! I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who was interested in traveling to India.
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Ranjini Menon How, Jessie, would you recommend a book that trashes and mocks and ridicules your country, to a person who wants to visit your country? She is selfish, whiney and all that shit right till the last line and beyond, I must say!!! Terrible read and a negetive rating, if there is something like that!


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