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How To Plan An Emigration Without Losing Your Sanity
on 5 December 2013
I've emigrated twice now, and I still found this an incredibly informative book. What the author does is look at the basic journey arc that occurs with all emigrations, to any country, and goes through it in step-by-step detail, from first impulses to a post-emigration evaluation twelve months after arrival. This gives the reader an overall format to hold their own emigration plans against, and flag up some issues that they may not have considered. It also looks rather in-depth at the various emotional issues that are connected with emigration, including stress, tears, and homesickness. Homesickness is the most common reason why emigrations fail, so it's worth considering!
It's pitched at women, but nearly all of this arc applies to men as well. It mostly favours younger women without families, but references are made to mothers and older women at times. It regularly mentions partners (boyfriend, husband etc.)and the complications that can arise with them, such as they're the one who wants to emigrate when you don't, or you get on each other's nerves once you're there, or other issues.
There's a few pages of author's memoir at the beginning, middle and end of the book, but primarily it's written to the reader about the reader's own emigration, in the second person. Lots of charming little illustrations of a dark-haired girl trying to look elegant in all undignified circumstances are on almost every page.
And yes, it's written with immense wit; and highlights all the undignified circumstances that an emigrating girl is likely to encounter. Great fun to read!