An Embarrassment of Mangoes

An Embarrassment of Mangoes

A Caribbean Interlude

Book - 2005 | 1st trade paperback ed
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In this delicious chronicle, Vanderhoof describes how she and her husband left the type-A lifestyle behind and discovered the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean on a sailboat.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2005, c2004
Edition: 1st trade paperback ed
ISBN: 0767914279 (pbk.)
9780767914277 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 972.0953 VAN
Characteristics: 305 p. : maps ; 22 cm


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Apr 12, 2012

I enjoyed 'armchair' travelling with this author and learning what it would be like to take a long sailing trip. As much as I admire and envy her adventure, it taught me that the work involved in a solo sailing trip is not for the faint-hearted! I will stick to backpacking.

Jun 07, 2010

This is a decent read. It's the kind of thing that inspires/justifies a mid-life crisis, as the reader hears all about the two-year sailing trip that a professional, workaholic couple from Toronto take to the Caribbean.

Unlike most travelogues, though, the narrator is neither particularly wise nor very charming - so unlike something by, say, Michael Palin or Ernest Hemingway, we have to hear about the wondrous azure seas and the shining white beaches through the voice of a shrewish, chronically worried little sack of troubles named Ann Vanderhoof. This makes the narrative kind of funny, but only unintentionally, as a petty and timid character investigates a realm that is far more interesting, dangerous, and beautiful than she is.

All in all, I'd recommend it but with a huge caveat: you may find yourself irritated by this author!


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