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Prague by Arthur Phillips
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Apr 22, 2010

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I found this book ironic and somewhat interesting mostly because of the crcumstances in which I read it. I picked this up in a book store right before I left for Europe where I struggled for a few weeks on which cities to visit. I chose Prague and ended up passing on Budapest. This entire book takes place in Budapest and is entitled Prague only to further the main theme, which centers on the emotion of life being elsewhere. It's a "grass is greener" feeling that Phillips explains as: "if only I were over there, or with her, or doing that, or born fifty years earlier, then I would be where the action is." I know I have these types of emotions as I'm sure everyone often does wih one or many aspects of their lives. So, I end up in Prague reading "Prague" and find myself wishing I had made an effort to get down to Budapest. I was also jealous of the fresh, new adventure the characters were living right out of college in post communist Hungary. I'm not sure if I would've liked this book as much if I read it in the suburbs of California, but being the exact sucker Phillips was writing about made me enjoy it.
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message 1: by Ian (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ian Vinogradus I enjoyed your review and story, Xon.

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