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Jamaica - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture Paperback – 27 Jan 2011
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Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer - ...as useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine - ...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times.--Various
About the Author
Nick Davis is the BBC's Jamaica Correspondent, reporting for TV, Online, and Radio from the Caribbean. A graduate of Leeds Trinity University College and the University College of Falmouth, he specializes in Caribbean affairs and the diaspora in Britain. Nick's parent's came to the UK from Jamaica in the 1960s and returned to the island when he was sixteen. He's lived between both countries ever since, helping to run their guesthouse on the North Coast. He regularly contributes as a broadcaster on public radio in the USA and also for CBC in Canada.
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Serves as a basic introduction to the island and may be all most holiday makers need.
Written in a very user friendly way, full of interesting trivia and historical facts. Nothing too detailed but enough to leave you wanting more......
The book covers all the main areas of interest - a potted history of the island, the diferrent peoples that make up modern day Jamaica, how they dress, what they eat and - of course - the music they make!
The format is sized to be travel maker friendly, with good use of photos, breaking up the text, making it easy to read and digest.
Contains plenty of useful advice, including what to eat and where to visit. Also gives an insight into the sexual culture of the island - which - depending on how adventurous you are - may be of considerable use!
Basically, Jamaican's aren't shy!
A useful book, easy to read and easy to pocket or poke away in a spare corner of a suitcase.
Would be a great book to buy for anyone planning on visiting Jamaaica!
The history section is brief, but interesting, and is adequate to explain Jamaica's cultural roots. The Jamaican people and their attitudes to others and to various situations are adequately described, as are the explanations of their attitudes.
All in all, this is a very useful and interesting little book not only for the holidaymaker, giving information on many aspects of Jamaica and an insight into the country and its people, which adds depth to the enjoyment of a holiday and can help the traveller to leave their resort hotels and experience the true Jamaica, but also there is advice for business people - which many books of this kind do not give.
It's readable, not too long and accomplishes the ideal objective for the seeker after knowledge: it satisfies some of your thirst, but then makes you hunger for more! Even if you do not intend to go there, get the book - you will enjoy it!
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