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Spanish Journals - The Posthumous Diary of an Expat: Part One - Integration by [Lowe, A R]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Spanish Journals (4 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1763 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Postlethwaite Press (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AGXT6JW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
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The thought of reading ex-pat diary entries may appear boring & repetitive, ... but in fact it is none of these. There is not really a plot as such, as this would make the diary less believable. So instead there are themes/ threads that evolve like in real life. These threads are rarely put to bed, so they build up from one book to another.
These diaries are funny, with a host of comic characters that generally grow funnier as you get to understand them. The main character, Ernest Postlethwaite, I feel sorry for, made more intense by the fact we know that he dies prematurely, and his wife publishes his work. He tries so hard, and yet progress is so slow ... does that sound familiar? Amongst other themes, is his strife for a 'Good Life' (remember Richard Briers & Felicity Kendal?) But this lifestyle is far from what his wife Pamela had in mind when they moved to Spain. Pamela is as sharp as a knife ... but how does he meet his early death?
This work has been written by someone who knows about ex-pat life in Spain, and readers who are themselves in this position will be able to relate to many of the episodes in Ernest's Spanish life. All 3 parts are recommended reads.
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I was captured from the first page. We've all come across expats like this, and Lowe brings together all the laughable elements into one hysterical character, Ernest. This parody of the expat diary genre had me laughing out loud. I can't wait for part two to come out. It reminded me most of Alan Ayckbourn plays in the 1980s (when I was a stage manager), and listening to the audiences leaving ... "Oh that ghastly character, wasn't he JUST like our neighbour / uncle / colleague?". They ALWAYS knew someone just like the dreadful people in the plays - they just never realised it was themselves. Let these posthumous "diaries" be a warning to expats everywhere - read it, enjoy it, and make sure it isn't about you!
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To begin with appears to be a diary (correction: journal) of typical descriptions when moving to Spain. However, it developed into a comical read that had me chuckling at Ernest's dry and subtle humour, along with Pamela's dead-pan responses. I intend to read the following 'journals' by A R Lowe.
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I loved this book, though I was very cross when I got to the end and found out there were another three books to buy and I shall get all of them, if only to find out how the author kills this idiot off. I just wanted to read on and on and on. There is a laugh on every page and the basic idea is very clever, as this more British than British Ex-pat works so hard to become something he is not and never will be. Yes, I've met them here in Spain, but now we really know what goes on inside their heads. A great read and highly recommended I shall be passing on the message to friends. Oh, I don't often give 5 stars either!
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Just wizzed through it loving the characters, laughing at them and with them. Walking in Brenda's shoes, what a great wife she is to this silly man. As an ex-pat myself I can see the whole nine yards, it is so truthfull. Well done
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Although this is Part One, I have now read all three and this part is by far the best. Integration….you are telling me , what a steep learning curve…. A curious insight into what people think of living in Spain, integrating with the locals and the ex pat community. Very funny….
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Thins book kept me laughing from beginning to end...and it's hard to find a book that has this effect on me. The adventures of Ernest as he tries so desperately to integrate and avoid becoming an Expat that an expat is precisely what he becomes...hilarious!
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Great little book .a very good read
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