Assignment in Andorra (Andorra)

Assignment in Andorra was published in 1973. This is a book that I did not finish, I did not want to after about 70 pages. The should have been a mystery, and I was looking forward to that. However, the main character a woman named Laurie spent all of her time worrying about her wedding plans, and thinking that all men are gods. I just could not do it.

If any one out there has an idea for a book that is written by a person from Andorra, that is translated in English please let me know.

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Oh Gad! (Antigua)

I read this so long ago that I had to do a refresher on the book. Oh Gad! by Joanne Hillhouse is a book about discovering who you are, and who your family is. This book covers misconceptions of who a person is and who we see them as.

It is not a book where it is all happy and better at the end, life is not a sit-com and this book shows that. There are real raw feelings present in here, and at times I wondered if some of the situations could have been avoided with better communication skills.

The protagonist Nikki made some choices that, at the time she made them, I could see that they were going to be bad choices. If this character were a real person, I would say this is how people grow, and learn not to make the same mistakes.

One thing I love about reading around the world is that I have to Google things. For this book I Googled something called a coal pot. They are very cool looking, and the author describes how they are made, and how the people who make them by hand are slowly being phased out as modern stoves come to the island.

QUOTES

“If you’d delude, yourself, you’d delude anyone.”

Tour de Armenia (Armenia)

This book for me was great on two points. First it was a wonderful read, second I to cycle. That means that when I found out about this book I had to read it. Tour de Armenia was written by Raffi Youredjin, and it was fun to read. The other thing this book had me to do was google a lot of things. I did have to google things, most often public works of art, that turn out to be amazing. It makes me want to go and see them, to find them, and photograph them.

From what the author said in this book, most of the people that he encountered thought that he was crazy for bicycling across Armenia. It sounded like he had so much fun and such an adventure. He went to unexpected parties, found friends in strange places.

The one bad thing about reading books like this is that I am left with questions. One from this book in particular. What happened to Manoug? I would love to know if this young man is doing well, if he is still riding a bike. I know that it is not possible to know the story of every person in the world, but I would love to know more about how he is doing.

QUOTES

“Planes, trains, and carsĀ  move to quickly, and it becomes easy to miss to much along the way. I’ve found it is better to earn your destinations.”

“I calmed him down and said, ‘Don’t worry, God loves bicycles.'”

“A toy or a sweet is inconsequential. It’s your time and positive influence you have on someone that makes a difference in people lives.”

“Even the most difficult terrain is quickly forgotten on a nice down hill ride.”