on October 10, 2006
"So. We Sold Our House and Ran Away to the South Pacific" Gordon Cope has written another quirky ramble, this time set in the South Pacific. When opportunity comes knocking at Gordon's door he and Linda (his wife, soul-mate and all around good sport) are always ready to answer and head out wherever, to find a serendipitous and frequently hilarious adventure, which he so aptly describes and shares with his readers. His "Paris Moment" was an enjoyable read, but as with raising children, a first book may be like a first born. The author or parent tries to please everyone and do everything just so. When the opportunity comes along for a second chance a relaxed ease shines through. "So. We Sold Our House and Ran Away to the South Pacific" is a truely wonderful armchair travel. A great read for anyone, but an especially nice gift for someone who yearns to travel or whose traveling days are curtailed due to circumstances beyond their control. Enjoy!
Basically, this is a five-star book bar the chapters on New Zealand. Unlike the ones on the Cook Islands and Australia where they set up "camp" and lived like the locals, NZ was mostly touring around the nation. I thought it just did not work on that level after being sort of dunked right into the cultures of the other two nations.
The title is great but the book is not really much about how they came to that decision. It's pretty much explained pretty quickly and off we go. The thing that is great is the self-deprecating humor, the characters they truly connect with and the fact they are not "tourists' all headed to the same old, same old (i.e., They did not make the trek to see Ayers Rock in Austarlia. Thanks for that!).