A Country in the Moon: Travels in Search of the Heart of Poland Hardcover – May 15 2008
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"Moran is a sensitive, intelligent companion, as able to capture the rapacious spirit and chaotic conditions of modern Poland as he is the mournful, savage ghosts of its past. The result is moving and absorbing." Metro
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Michael Moran is the author of Beyond the Coral Sea, shortlisted for the Thomas Cook travel literature prize in 2004.
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Written mostly during the profound changes in Poland (1990 )it seems to be sometimes depressing.
Much is changed in Poland and I hope many after reading this book will be interested in travel to Poland. The author not only fell in love with a Polish woman but he also fell in love with Poland and Polish people. He now lives in Warsaw. The book ends on a very encouraging note as to the successes of the Polish nation on a way to better daily life of its inhabitants and to a bigger role that Poland plays now in the European Union and in to-days world.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in Central and Eastern Europe.
he is heading up in a dilapidated training centre which is a survivor of the pre-Solidarity Polish state.
There is a cast of comical characters (rather stereotypical but no less funny for that) and farcical situations arising from the clash of cultures and creaking adjustment of the Polish administrators and workers at the training centre to the new "market culture" they are now being exposed to.
This device lightens some of the dark passages about the Nazi and Soviet
attempts to eradicate Poland which have to infuse any account of modern Poland.
The book is very enjoyable and informative in its own way, and I found that I was discovering new knowledge in areas I was already familiar with.
En route, the author demonstrates a serious knowledge of architecture, classical music (and naturally, Chopin) and the complications of Polish history. There are also some fine descriptions of Polish landscape and urban vitality and decay, and many insights into the "cavalier" aspects of Polish character.
Throughout there are ample references to sources many of which I have personally noted for further reading.
The love affair and career events provide a good narrative drive to underpin the peregrinations of the author, but I found the affair's romantic castle fairytale conclusion with sleigh-bells-on, which is also the end of the book, an easy way of closing the covers.
Using elegant but sometimes a bit abstruse writing he describes Renaissance beauties of many old archeological palaces and buildings.
As for Mr. Moran's times when he stayed and worked in Poland (most of it in 90es), facts about life there have become outdated. Also reading many of his often unjustified and partial remarks about years of 'communism' made me a bit wearisome.