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Radio Shangri-la by Lisa Napoli
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Feb 17, 2012

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Although I did learn about Bhutan from this book, I thought that Lisa Napoli's memoir was not the best vehicle for doing so. It occurred to me that Napoli isn't very visual. One incident that stood out for me was when she was guessing the nationality of another visitor to Bhutan by his accent rather than his appearance. Another one was when she purchased a ring as a keepsake from Bhutan and didn't describe it at all. Her descriptions are general rather than specific. A travel writer should be more detailed.

I also was disappointed in what she actually accomplished on her first trip. She was asked to help establish a radio station for the youth of Bhutan, but for the most part it didn't seem like she was needed. I also thought that she could have done more for the orphanage in Bhutan.

On the other hand, I was impressed with Bhutan's limits on how much Western influence they were willing to accept.

I also liked the workshop that Napoli took in Los Angeles in which you record three good things that happen to you. Being happy really is subjective. The re-framing technique that is used in that workshop is effective. If you remember the positive events in your life, you will feel more optimistic.
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message 1: by Sue (new)

Sue I've seen so many mentions of this book but your review does lead me to think it might not be for me. I'm a visual person and descriptions are really important to me when I read.

Sara Exactly how I felt while reading this book. Thank you for voicing it out.

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