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The ROM: Walking in the Paths of the Gypsies [Paperback]

Roger Moreau
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books; Revised edition (1 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155263423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552634233
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,361,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An investigation into the secrets of the origins of the Romanies, in which the author explains how, in 1990, he left behind a career in international marketing to go in search of their origins in India. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting theories 9 July 2002
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I would recommend this book for various reasons. The main reason is that it offers some possible explanations about the origins of the people of Rom. I have always been fascinated by this mystery and Moreau's theories are interesting. Apart from illuminating chapters on the history of present day India, Pakistan, Afganistan and Istanbul the book is a travel book and Moreau's travels, his compagnions and people they meet greatly add to the enjoyment of reading the book.
I missed maps, historical overviews, more about the author (how come he speaks Romani) and more about present day culture and division of the people of Rom.
Perhaps Roger Moreau intents to write another book on these issues and use them to support his theories. I wish he would. I would like to read more about common words in indian languages and romani, more about common themes in mythology, more folklore. If he does write that book I will by it too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great speculative history! 2 Sep 2002
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I talked myself out of getting this book for almost a year, because of the word "Speculative" history. As a Romani researcher, dealing with pre-1600's gypsies, that word always makes me a little wary. But in reading this, Moreau puts forth some very interesting theories on the origins of the Roma. I think this book is more than worth its price, and that anyone interested in the origin theories should take a look at this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outcasts or inveterate travelers? 28 Jan 2004
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In response to the reviewer who accuses the Czechs of a crime they didn't commit, I have to say that the traveling lifestyle of the Rom people does present a problem. This lifestyle precludes them from making adequate living to feed their families, and forces them to supplement it by means that are not always legal or safe. The Czechs do see this as a problem, but their solution has been to provide jobs, living spaces, and education for the Rom children. In a great number of cases the jobs have been abandoned and the living spaces destroyed, as the recipients moved on to the next town.
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