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Book Review: Educating Alice
|Blog Entry - Monday, August 8th, 2005
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I've been reading Educating
for months, not because
I'm not drawn into the story and enjoying it, but because I wanted to savor
the book (something I do all to rarely, with my quick inhaling of books).
The book is a memoir written by a Pulitzer-prize winning former columnist/journalist
who quit her job at a newspaper to travel the world taking classes, meeting
people, and discovering herself. Alice takes classes like the cooking class
at the Ritz Escoffier in Paris, Japanese arts like dancing and the tea
ceremony in Kyoto, Jane Austen in England, and border collie training in
Scotland. Through the classes and small tours, Alice learns a lot of interesting
things about some interesting topics, but she learns even more about herself
and about the people she runs into.
One of the things that's so endearing
about Alice and the travelouge is her manner of befriending people whereever
she finds herself and listening to their stories. She finds ways to relate
to people she meets in Havana, a train in Paris, the Scottish highlands,
a geisha house in Japan, and a bookstore in Prague in ways that let you
see their lives in a very sympathetic (which I mean not in feeling sorry
for them, but feeling like you can feel their situations and lives in a
very personal way) manner.
Of course, it made me not only want
to follow in her footsteps, but also wonder whether I could travel alone
so happily and easily as she has done (clearly her ability to talk to sympathetic
interesting strangers is a very important skill) and what types of classes
in what parts of the world I would take. She combined place and topic in
a very engaging manner.
As for the classes.... I'm compiling
a list. It might include poetry
, yoga in Inda, or James
Joyce in Dublin
... What would
be on your class list? I've been trying to think whether I'd choose classes
first or places...
Posted at: 08:09:05 AM