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This review is from: Two Old Fools on a Camel: From Spain to Bahrain and back again (Kindle Edition)
I'm sure the details were accurate, but what a pity. I found nothing remotely funny in this book at all. And what all those recipes have got to do with it I cannot imagine. Has the good lady become, by virtue of sticking out an awful year in a dreadful school (with many odious colleagues who should never have been allowed to teach ANYwhere on the planet) an authority on the local cuisine? - when she never had the chance, even if she'd wanted to, to visit or get to know any of the Bahraini's properly. In fact, that, they remained within their mostly expatriate enclave and found solace mainly in drink and making fun of that culture, however understandable given the deplorable circumstances, is hardly something to write a book about. The characterizations were either patronizing or plain horrifying. As for helping towards harmony and respect between nations and religions, this sorry tale only goes to polarize differences, explain nothing and put the teaching profession to disrepute not to mention portray and define a nation and faith by a spoilt brat rich elite. And the reason this was done was clearly stated: for the nice pecuniary remuneration.Please stick to your chickens and plonk. I write this from real concern for I do not feel it was intentionally prejudiced; but writing like this about these parts of the globe is not "appropriate". Travel writing explores other cultures, not ridicules or belittles and laughing AT people is a world apart from laughing WITH. Even if it is funny. I would put a minus star if I could. Thankfully, the author seems genuine and kindly and probably doesn't mean to offend.