My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Part travelogue, literary critique, and memoir, this was a very different book that I loved. Very appealing were the descriptions of traveling in the Latin American countries the author did. As I read this book I realized that I have done no reading of books by Latino authors and only a few, very few, maybe 1 or 2, set any place in Latin America! I have had the luck, however, albeit for a very short time, to spend a month in Santiago, Chile, so I felt a little kinship with her time there. It was also very fun to hear literary critiques of Jane Austen from readers in that part of the world. Smith's plan in taking her year-long sabbatical that led to writing this book was to lead book club discussions about Jane Austen books! This is a quick, fun nonfiction read that will appeal to lovers of travel writing and literature, especially Jane Austen. She weaves the story of her own real life romance throughout these pages as well. It's a real treat.
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