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  • By John Sparks
    Aug 28, 2012
    The Long Road narrates Cathy Williams Goforth's peripatetic experiences from her childhood in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, her early teaching career, odd jobs in white-run Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and on to England and eventually a position at a private school in Ta'iz, Yemen. Interspersed with Cathy's reflections on her early life are flash-forwards to descriptions of moments in her retired years, based in Jamaica, as she and her husband, Bruce, breeze about the Caribbean in their yacht. Cathy's travels were never dull, and so neither is the narrative as it transports us from the dreams of her youth to the larger-than-a-dream scope of her worldwide adventures. This is an entertaining and generous read, full of expatriate "characters" and enlightening cultural digressions. Highly recommended!
  • By Di Nash
    Jul 16, 2012
    "I have just finished reading your book and I loved it!! I have always wondered about your travels, as your mum's descriptions from your letters home always fascinated me. So congratulations, you are a fine writer."
  • By Bruce Pohlmann
    Jul 16, 2012
    The Long Road is the first installment of Cathy Goforth's fascinating and charming memoir about the lives of two international school teachers and their two daughters. The book roams through a variety of locations including Australia, Africa, England, Yemen, Belize and Jamaica. Cathy leads the reader on a journey through her life from a childhood in Australia to the verge of the family move to an international school in Indonesia, with a few glimpses of her early retirement in Jamaica thrown in as well. The Long Road has six sections: Ithaca, Serenade Sets Sail, Diaries and Dreams, A Drifter in Africa, Rich in Experience and A Step Back in Time. This is a book that has something for everyone: insights on expatriate life in exotic locales, some realistically gritty details of daily life as a teacher - Teaching is the kind of job that doesn't have a definite end to the day. During my first year in Australia, I always carried a feeling home that I should be working on the next day's... More > plans, or correcting children's work, a vague sense of guilt and being unprepared - life aboard a yacht, raising children in international settings, and cultural and historical information about the countries where Cathy lived and worked. So, if you're an international teacher, a fan of memoirs, a travel buff, a yachting person or just a general reader looking for a good book, I highly recommend this book.< Less
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First Edition
Cathy Williams Goforth
May 15, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.88 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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