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What Else is there for a Boy Like Me? [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Moon
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What else is there for a boy like me? should find a large audience that relishes this unconventional and unsparing memoir equally for its craftsmanship and its gripping characters. --Paul Levy

Traveller's tales of India tend to tell of a mystical land described through many metaphors and florid language. Patrick s story is a refreshingly realistic description of this country, which had such a profound effect on him... a perfect read to prepare yourself for India s vibrancy and culture. --Audley Traveller

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Patrick Moon abandons a successful career as a city solicitor and heads for India.
Where better, he thinks, to come to terms with the opportunity he has created for himself:
the chance to reinvent his life...

But how much of his old self and his old view of the world will survive this watershed? How should he best "fill in the blank sheet of paper" in front of him?

And how will he deal with his other reason for travelling to India? He wants to try to reinvent another life: that of Mohamd, a talented young Indian from a primitive village in the Rajasthan desert, whose potential is blocked by the twin obstacles of poverty and caste. But Patrick underestimates how much of the weight of Indian society will be stacked against him, and how difficult it will be to pluck an individual out of India’s crowd.

In the end, neither of these twin efforts to change a life works out as Patrick expected. But, while one can be counted a success, the other ends profoundly unhappily.

A tale as rich in comedy and affection for India as it is full of sadness, love and regret, What else is there for a boy like me? is a compelling read, not only for ‘Indiaphiles’ but also for anyone who has ever felt the impulse to try to change the fortunes of someone from a less privileged part of the world. It will also appeal to anyone who has ever fantasised about changing careers in middle age, as well as all those who have an interest in the issue of arranged marriages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (26 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GYBM34A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #402,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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PATRICK MOON abandoned a successful career as a City solicitor in his mid-forties, convinced that 'there ought to be time in life to achieve more than one thing' He went on to write three books. The third of these, 'What else is there for a boy like me?', deals with the time he spent in India immediately after leaving the law and charts both his own attempt to reinvent himself, starting again from zero, and his parallel attempt to help a young, under-privileged Indian reinvent his life.
Patrick's first two books, now re-published by popular demand, reflect the large part of his life which is currently lived in the Languedoc region of southern France, where he found a 'third career' growing vines and olive trees. 'Virgile's Vineyard - A Year in the Languedoc Wine Country' deals with a year spent work-shadowing a young, rising-star winemaker, as well as seeking out the other key players in the Languedoc's recent winemaking revolution. 'Arrazat's Aubergines - Inside a Languedoc Kitchen' covers a different year that Patrick spent working alongside an ambitious young chef, whilst also exploring many of the fascinating food products associated with this gourmet's paradise.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picaresque tale of modern India 13 Feb 2014
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This memoir by a humane ex-solicitor tells of Patrick Moon’s decision to help a young man in India, and what happened after. It includes a nitty-gritty tour of modern India which I would imagine would be useful to travelers. The boy’s story reads like a picaresque tale, and is a marvel of suspense. This well-written book is recommended for virtual and real travelers to India as well as fans of culture clash stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous personal story, beautifully told 28 Nov 2013
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A most impressive piece of writing: funny, moving, gripping, and heart-rending - and much more besides. Its overwhelming strength is the ring of honesty it carries. This is unembellished truth, no soft edges, but deeply engaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound 16 Aug 2014
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I have read PM's previous two books and I read them with great enjoyment. They were very well written and entertaining. This, his latest book. is, to my mind, written on a much higher plane. It is beautifully written and throws a useful light on both the problems within Indian society and the gulf between our societies (even though so much of our culture has been derived from South Asia). I was held spellbound by this book (having intended to dip into from time to time and prolong the pleasure over a couple of weeks - I finished it in just two days). The reader knows that a "happy ending" is unlikely but is kept guessing almost to the end as to how "a boy like me" will end up. Strongly recommended.
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I was immediately taken back to India reading this book. I have spent several winters in India and Patricks tale was written from the heart. It describes his love of the country and how easy it is to form lasting relationships with people you meet on your travels. These meetings are so often transient but he follows though with his help to this young man and as it so often discovers that society there does not make this an easy choice. It is an honest portrayal of where an offer of help can lead you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read! 3 April 2014
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"I really enjoyed Patrick's book - didn't want to put it down. He writes so well and keeps your interest. It's a pity there is no happy ending!"
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