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Me, Myself & Prague: An Unreliable Guide to…

Me, Myself & Prague: An Unreliable Guide to Bohemia

by Rachael Weiss

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Fantastic memoir. I found this novel to be easy to read and very funny. Anyone considering a trip to Prague then I would suggest reading this memoir. I felt like I was right there in Prague with the author. Absolutely loved this book. ( )
  hethie | Feb 25, 2012 |
The author at age forty with a need to escape her overbearing family decides to travel to Prague from Australia and live there for a year in order to write the great Australian, maybe meet a handsome Czech guy and search our her roots. But it does not prove that easy at first. She has to grapple with on again off again water, rude check out chicks who never smile and the difficulties of the language itself. But she does cope. She manges to find an interesting group of friends most of them visitors like herself. She takes language classes and she goes to visit her family and in the process in spite of the communication difficulties comes to understand herself and where she has come from a little better. She includes chapters on her experiences hiking in the countryside and taking the waters at Marienbad with an Australian friend. She talks of what life was like for the Czechs under the Communists. At the end of the time she finds that she has created for herself a second home in Prague. She returns to Australia but after only a year there returns to Prague where she still lives. I really enjoyed this book. Like Almost French (for France) and The Promise ( for Italy) this warm and at times funny tale gave me a real insight into the Czech republic and its people. ( )
  kiwifortyniner | Jul 1, 2008 |
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"This is the story of Rachael's year in Prague. Armed only with a romantic soul and a pressing need to get away from her overbearing family, Rachael heads off in search of adventure and love, on a quest to explore her Bohemian roots. With vague plans to spend her year getting intimate with some fabulous Czech men, writing the next great Australian novel and possibly meeting the love of her life in a smoky Czech jazz bar (despite not actually liking modern jazz and never having written a novel before in her life), Rachael is not really prepared for the realities that confront her in her new home, involving as they do perplexing plumbing, difficulties with the near-incomprehensible Czech language, extraordinarily rude check-out chicks, and inadequately stocked supermarkets. It's no picnic, this expatriate life, and certainly not what she envisaged, but, rather to her surprise, Rachael finds herself gradually creating in Prague a kind of second home, complete with a charmingly eccentric tribe of extended family and friends. A warm, funny and surprising story of how our family ends up always with us, no matter how far away we may go, Me, Myself & Prague is a sweet and surprising memoir of hope, courage, friendship - and the importance of getting a smile from a check-out chick just when you really need it." Provided by publisher.… (more)

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