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Being a lover of culture from around the world, I have to admit that this book fed my need to learn about other countries/regions/lifestyles and so on, without being presented in a formal manner. Moreover, the author's background as "a foreigner" made the reading that much more appealing. I recall a time when I lived in Jamaica, for a year and a half to be exact. At that time, my request to everyone was that I be treated as a local, in order to experience life as a Jamaican. I didn't care to do all of the tourist features because those would not allow me to truly know what it meant to be a Jamaican. That feeling I am referring to is the very one that I encountered in "I Live In Chile". Baker gives a detailed account of "his Chile". And it fascinates me, since he was born in the USA and has since relocated to Chile, essentially going to a collectivist society. That's another point that interests me - blending with other societies. But oh, he gives you so much to think about that I could not possibly outline it all in a book review.
Might I add that Baker has an excellent sense of humor, combined with so much knowledge! Perhaps that is understandable considering he is a teacher, but I can only imagine the tremendous job he must do with his students. To be able to relate what he knows, or has come to know, in a manner that is just plain enjoyable.Read more ›
This book will provide insights that are not found in regular travel guides about Chile. You will learn about Chile in a very informal way. A look at the table of contents prepares you for this special book. There is a prologue, in which the author uses a conversational tone, as if he were in an intimate conversation with the reader.
Most importantly, he shares that he knew absolutely nothing about Chile when he first went there. This allows the reader to discover the country with him. You are seeing Chile, and you are seeing his life in Chile, not as a tourist, but as someone who has come to have a deep and passionate love for Chile and its people. Thomas Baker has a sense of humor too, so do not expect this book to be serious and dry, with no fun. On the contrary, this man is enjoying his life in Chile, and his sense of humor clearly is a part of his life there. This book is definitely a must-read for anyone who has an interest in Chile.
This book is easy to read and offers the reader a deep insight into the relationship these warm people have with their striking landscape. Thomas Baker gives us a detailed and intriguing look at this interesting country. I, for one, want to visit Chile now after reading this great book and I will recommend it highly.
The stories and experiences are biased, but it is not a bad thing; after all, we all have our own way of experiencing the same thing. And in this case, it is easy to see Baker's understanding of the country and relate to it as he has. And don't get me wrong, this is not simply a "love fest" for Chile; it is a complete account of a culture: language, landscape, country, and history - through foreign eyes.
The book contains hilarious exchanges between the author and his wife, links to background and historical information, and even videos filmed by the author or family members. This novella truly utilizes technology to provide a complete experience. It's almost as good as being there.
The writing is impeccable and elevated, yet easy to understand and visualize everything the author is trying to convey. Thomas Baker's skills with the English language show through on every page, and serve as a demonstration of his skills as an instructor. I recommend checking out some of his other books and novellas; they are all inspiring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very rambling style more of a whimsical personal journey and not much substance, facts, practical knowledge if that's what you are looking for. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jamie
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. After reading, I am sure about one thing. Next summer I will definitely visit Chile! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marika germanis
I have never been to Chile, but since reading Thomas Jerome Baker's book and looking at the wonderful photographs I feel as though I have. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MegaReader
Thomas Baker is an expat from the USA who lives in Chile. He's been living there for over 10 years now and he describes it so lovingly and passionately and enthusiastically and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jonny
After reading several books by Isabel Allende, I knew I wanted to visit Chile at some point in my life. Thomas Baker's book feels like the next best thing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Princess WinEmAll
I have had the good fortune to travel much of the world and there are a few spots I've yet to see that are top priorities. Chile wasn't one of them until I read this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marsha Roberts, Author of Mutinous Boomer Series
Thomas Baker's “I Live In Chile” caught me completely by surprise. What starts off deceptively as a travel book quickly becomes a beguiling, very personal, and highly entertaining... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bob Rector
I couldn’t keep from laughing and enjoying Thomas Baker’s account of learning to live in Chile. As much as it is entertaining, it’s educational. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by Dennis Waller
I don't think anyone can read this book and not want to book a flight there immediately. His effervescence and love of Chile are evident on every page. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by Dianne Harman