WonderWander: 522 Days in Latin America
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From a baseball playing farmer in a Nicaraguan coffee field to an Andean wise man in search of an ancient path in Peru; from a dangerous marketplace in central Caracas to the pampas of Argentina haunted by gaucho ghosts – Wonder/Wander is an introspective, funny, and unsentimental true story that takes readers across a continent diverse with landscapes and characters, struggle and surprise.
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Nov 23, 2014What a perfectly-paced blend of the heart and head, captured across a year and a half's worth of peregrinations. To use the term "kaleidoscopic" has almost become cliché, but that's simply because so few artistic efforts really do the term justice. "Wonder/Wander" excels in bringing us into the homes of which this writer was a guest, his close scrapes with sociopolitical breakdown (or simply petty street crime), a diversity of stunning landscapes, and even some carefully placed free verse thrown in for good measure. Most will not find it a light read, but that is to its credit--it demands the reader to be engrossed, just as Aaron Devine was immersed during his time hovering around the Equator (or slightly north of it) down to the Tropic of Capricorn. Strongly recommended.
Nov 18, 2014Great read! It makes me want to hit the road Kerouac style and experience things outside the average humdrum suburban life!
Nov 18, 2014This memoir of a young traveler's experiences backpacking through South America is filled with joy, danger, sadness, and, yes, the eponymous wonder. The relationships he makes with a wide variety of personalities from a number of different countries show the diversity of lifestyles, history, and cultures that cover the continent. The voice is warm and friendly, witty and engaging, and is an ideal guide through a world that is simultaneously similar and disparate from what I know from my life in the United States. Highly recommended for fans of good travel writing or just a compelling and enlightening true story. Great title too!
Nov 18, 2014OK, I will be honest with you, dear reader of this comment: I know the Author, Aaron Devine, and I have visited some of the same people that he writes about in the first section of this book (his time in Nicaragua). But...I don't know Aaron very well, I have only met him a couple times in the past. Nevertheless, I'm endorsing this book because there is a great poetic tragedy that happens in this otherwise normal travelogue. Aaron is clever and his writing is engaging. Most people who read this book will likely enjoy it because of his presentation style and narrative. But for me that one event (I won't spoil it for you) really sticks out in my mind, despite the fact that I read the book over 5 years ago...because it's a recount of a "tragic event," that really happened. As someone who has traveled a bit myself in developing nations, I could really feel for the guy. A further testament to whether people actually like this book besides those who know Aaron - I passed the book... More > on to a friend of mine after I had read it, they read it and passed it on to another person who read it, and so on for about 5 people - then I lost track of it. I'm going to have to buy another! ;-)< Less
Nov 15, 2014The author is a fantastic storyteller! Wonder Wander is a terrific read for anyone who enjoys or aspires to travel in a foreign land.
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- Standard Copyright License
- April 10, 2009
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.03 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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