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Portrait in Sepia
Portrait in Sepia
by Isabel Allende
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Struggling in the wake of her other excellent books, 29 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Portrait in Sepia (Hardcover)
For fans of Isabel Allende this will come as a disappointment. After the breath-taking, wide-ranging House of the Spirits, Portrait in Sepia just doesn't come up to scratch. The historical events surrounding the narrative are less dramatic, and we are not charmed by the heroine as we were in either House of the Spirits or Daughter of Fortune.
That said, if you are new to Allende you will not find her wanting: all of her writing is fantastic. Similarly, if you have read House of the Spirits and Daughter of Fortune then the satisfaction of fitting together the characters is not to be underrated. Sequels are tricky things: they can beat their predecessors hands down, or lose miserably. In this case, Portrait in Sepia does more to enhance a re-reading of House of the Spirits than it does for itself. (And to be honest, re-reading House of the Spirits is something that should be done at least once.)
So I'm not saying you should reject this book out of hand, but be prepared for what it is - enjoyable, but only as enjoyable as an inevitable disappointment can be.


Cross-Cultural Behaviour in Tourism: Concepts and Analysis
Cross-Cultural Behaviour in Tourism: Concepts and Analysis
by Yvette Reisinger PhD
Edition: Paperback
Price: £42.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Statistical but readable, 29 Sept. 2003
“The higher the demand for international tourism, the more opportunities there are for cross-cultural contact and the greater the potential for cultural conflict.”
This book seeks to understand the concepts of cultural difference, showing how they affect behaviour of both tourists and hosts, and what effect this has on the perceptions and satisfaction of the tourist. Reisinger and Turner compare the cultures of five Asian countries with Western ones: as the Asian tourist market grows it is increasingly important to understand the perceptions and motivations of the Eastern tourist as well as the Western.
Intended for not only academics but also practitioners, the book relies at times on statistics and could easily become incomprehensible to the lay person. It is therefore supplemented by information on the publisher’s website which guides the novice through the procedures used. Clear objectives at the start of each chapter also help to make what is mainly an academic text a clear and comprehensible book for use by tourist industry managers and marketers who might otherwise find the statistics and terminology overwhelming.
Cultural background is a major determinant in repeat visitation and as such should be fully understood in order to help managers to develop cross-cultural skills and deal with tourists from diverse cultural backgrounds.


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