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In depth knowledge of Nepal and India The layers of details immerse the reader in a new world instilling the sense that they could travel to Kathmandu themselves and navigate easily through the sumptuously described streets Beal reveals Alex s journey to discover herself and the way she is shaped nconsciously by American culture Through Alex the reader is able to reflect on their own assumptions about relationships time and values in Up Close and Personal unconventional waysPerhaps the most interesting part of the novel is the friendship that develops between Alex and Maya a Nepalese girl from a small mountain village Their complex cross cultural relationship binds them together tightly yet keeps them at a certain emotional distance Thisniue relationship causes Alex to venture into the world of the prostitution slave trade of India Beal daftly exposes this issue without heavy handedness or judgment The relationship between Maya and Alex allows the reader to examine their own motives and friendships learning as much about themselves as they do about the charactersDaphne Beal clearly has a deep nderstanding of the American study abroad experience in Nepal In this rich novel Beal transports the reader into mystifying and intensely rewarding experiences that transcend yet are framed by culture This novel is a must read for anyone considering study abroad as well as the reader who seeks to examine themselves from a niue outside perspective This may contain spoilersThis is one of the most poorly written books I have read in a long time The character development plot pacing and writing style are all terrible None of the three main characters Alex Maya and Will are developed enough for the reader to nderstand them their motivations or their relationships The cover describes a strange triangle and nforseen implications of helping Maya and the story fails to deliver either of theseThe most painful part about reading this book is that the author apparently isn t familiar with the concept of show don t tell I looked for meaningful moving prose but the book is chock full of passages like this one Alex and two other characters visit a shrine and ended The Cowboys Valentine (Crooked Valley Ranch up staying the night in the shrine room of a Sherpa lama s house at the bottom of the hill He seemed happy to haves and not to mind when the lamas from Ngyak stopped by to see if we wanted to watch a movie in townFinally we were so tired and bored we decided to go Maya walked with The Billionaires Unexpected Heir (Illegitimate Heirs us as far as the Sherpa lama s house but then said she d just walk her friends back to their room We waitedp for her for a while and finally went to sleep The whole book reads like a high school student s How I Spent My Summer essay with elitist and inscrutable cool kid references to Nepal first I did this then I did that then I said this then he said that The end Speaking of the end I felt no resolution at the end of the book A very disappointing read all around Amateurish writing that left you with no sense of why the characters were behaving in a certain way Not to ment. Embroiled in a strange triangle with Maya and Will where the lines between friendship love and lust grow tangled every day Over the course of the next eight years Alex returns to Nepal first to visit and to photograph then in an attempt to help the troubled Maya Moving between Kathmandu New York and the grim houses of prostitution along Falklan.

Ever thought I want to write but I don t have enough talent Who would publish my embarrassingly amateurish efforts Boost your confidence by reading this miscarriage of a book It s guaranteed to reassure even the worst writers that they too will find a reputable house to put out their absolutely horrible novel I liked the first chunk of this book And I was ok with the second chunk But then the third chunk made it clear that this wasn t really about characters or growth or plot And the lack of ending sort of annoyed me That said I enjoyed the inside look into Nepali culture Its not something I get to read a lot about This could be the worst book I have ever read The ending was atrocious Where is the hated it star I think this novel was listed on an NPR book list HORRID When a young American backpacking through Nepal agrees to stop by a village to check in on a friend of a friend it sets off a relationship that ensnares her repeatedly over the next eight years Alex winds The Courage to Love Her Army Doc up helping the Nepali girl run away from her home and delivers her to their mutual friend which leaves her feeling responsible for Maya s fate though powerless to do much about it despite her best effortsAlex is primarily a reactive character think Nick in The Great Gatsby and the novel focuses on her emotional responses to what s going on with Maya and Will first in Nepal and then years later in Bombay So the story s strength lies in large part in the way Beal elaborates Alex s observations as a sideline character in the drama including her discomfort at being made the third point in a sexualemotional triangle and in conveying the progression of Alex s emotional maturity and judgment The richly detailed descriptions of the two locations are also a strong asset This book was compelling and I read through it in two nights I stayedp late each night because I had to keep going I wanted to know what would come of the main characters The writing is good and the characters believable I related with the main character in some way I must admit that the ending was slightly disappointing thought not The Change in Di Navarras Plan unbelievable ornexpected What I really loved though was learning about Nepal through the eyes of bideshi I can definitely relive my 20s vicariously through this story Oh to go back and experience being abroad for myself I read this book in one weekend and was completely swept Tender Love up in the story It made me want to travel to Nepal And it also made me remember what it was like to be young ambitious and fueled with the best intentions and still getting it wrong due to cultural chasms My review for Armchair InterviewsIn this highly engaging novel Daphne Beal exposes the personal side of Nepal through Alex a na ve and enchanting young college student It s as if the reader is immersed in Alex s own travel diary experiencing the confusion joys and heartaches of life abroad As we follow Alex through her Nepalese adventures it is evident that Beal has a richnderstanding of the bewildering world of study abroad as well as an. Alex a twenty year old American student is spending the year in Nepal backpacking and photographing As a favor to Will – her American friend – she A Regency Captains Prize uses one of her Himalayan treks to seek out Maya a young Nepali woman desperate to flee her traditional family to find work in Kathmandu But helping Maya hasnforeseen implications Soon Alex is.

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Ion that there was too much gossip about who was sleeping with whom that didn t fit with the narrative I wouldn t recommend it This story is about the intersecting of three lives over an 8 year period It is all told from the point of view of Alex who at the beginning of the book is a 20 year old exchange student to Nepal from rural America Will is a teacher and smuggler with an intense interest in Buddhism and women Maya is a rural Nepalese girl hoping for a life away from her traditional home and expectations Everything is experienced as Alex experiences it almost as if she is writing in a diary The story has an honesty to it Alex s personal perspective isn t edited to make her seem likable or noble The story also embraces ambiguity not only in the characters and decisions that are made but even in the way the book ends The writing is The Bridal Bed uite lovely especially in its ability to provide a picture of the Nepalese countryside villages and city The book likely won t provide new insights into expat living for those who have livedworkedstudied overseas Likewise it doesn t provide much new insight into human trafficking or prostitution but I don t feel like that was theltimate purpose of the book This is far than an examination of foreign exchange experience Although I do feel it does an excellent job of capturing different aspects of that experience especially in terms of the culture shock heading in both directions As Alex returns to the US and makes shorter trips back to Nepal and India she becomes increasingly critical of Nepal and India Both places have grown and changed while she was away just as she has grown and changed while she was away and as a result she will never really be able to experience them in the same way she did as a young student To me this book is ltimately a story about choices and accepting ambiguity as a part of lifeI was nervous about reading this book because there were so many low ratings and I think there are some reasons that this books won t appeal to some readers This isn t just a travelogue this isn t about a voyage of self discovery with a happy ending There are jumps in time Other than Alex people s motivations and behavior are not clearly explained If you are ncomfortable with casual sex outside of marriage sex scenes aren t explicitly written if you are The Lawman and the Lady uncomfortable with casual drugsage if you are Infamous Bargain uncomfortable same sex relationships brief but present if you arencomfortable with people criticizing cultures other than their own if you are The Ranchers Surprise Triplets uncomfortable with Buddhism if you arencomfortable with criticisms of Americans if you are The Bull Riders Redemption (Angel Crossing, Arizona, uncomfortable with ambiguity and most especially if you like books to be neatly wrappedp at the end you will most likely not enjoy this book Alex is also pretty hard at times on expats and international NGOs However if you love to read about other cultures and ways of life if you appreciate beautifully written prose and if you don t need crisp clear happy endings then I think you will really enjoy this book. D Road in Bombay Alex begins to The Man Behind the Mask (Viking Brides, understand the pitfalls of trying to be both adventurer and savior in annfamiliar world In the Land of No Right Angles introduces the fiction of Daphne Beal whose evocations of life in Nepal and of the niversal conflicts inherent to love and friendship mark the arrival of a stunningly talented intuitive writer.

Daphne Beal's first novel In the Land of No Right Angles was published by VintageAnchor in August Her nonfiction has appeared in Vogue McSweeney's and the London Review of Books Her work has been anthologized The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers; State by State A Panoramic Portrait of America; and The KGB Bar Reader Originally from Wisconsin she lives in New York City with her