Nights in a Foreign Country Paperback – 4 Oct 2001
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A talented young writer returns with haunting stories about love, dreams, and ultimately, freedom.
About the Author
Jean McNeil was born in 1968, and grew up on Cape Breton island, Nova Scotia, eastern Canada. She graduated from Toronto University with a degree in international relations and Latin American studies in 1991. She has lived and worked in Cuba, Brazil and Central America, and is the author of the Rough Guide to Costa Rica and the Rough Guide to Central America. Now based in London, she continues to travel to Latin America.
Top Customer Reviews
Far from jumping into bed with each other, the characters are seeking intimacy whilst guarding themselves against too much involvement. Always complicated and not always attractive, all are believable and sensitive. The ambiguity could irritate someone reading for plot alone. If you're looking for quick guides to holiday destinations, or rollocking plot, or larger than life characters, this is not the book or the writer for you.
The real beauty of the book is the writing. The language is unusually cool, clear and precise. Sharp unexpected imagery throws shafts of light on objects, scenes, emotions. It's the very essence of "what oft was thought but ne'er so well expressed". Read, enjoy, re-read.
I wasn't aware that each story would be so brief, and for a couple of the stories I had no idea what the author had been trying to say, they were just going nowhere. It would have helped if there was a glossary of foreign words in the back of the book, because although the author knew what the words meant themselves,any normal reader was left wondering about the signifance of the words!
There was a trend for most of the characters in the book to be looking for something that they had lost or they were all looking for their next sexual encounter, and they all seemed to be in the same type of job, which seemed to mix each story into the next so that you couldn't get a grip on each individual story.
There were a few stories that grabbed my attention but on the whole it was a disappointing read.