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on July 20, 2013 :
It is wonderful when an author is able to capture the reader's attention and imagination in such an engaging and compelling manner. The real-life journey of Australia by two young Americans in 1969 vividly captures the myriad of events that fueled their lives, while also threatening them. The reader is treated to a roller-coaster ride of exciting, and sometimes humorous, events that few people experience in a lifetime, let alone eight months. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 01, 2013 :
if you want a snapshot of Australia in 1969-70, this book does it for you. There is a surprise around every corner as it gives real impressions of Australia as seen from the eyes of wide eyed young American travellers. Some of the things that occur remind us of how the world turned "pre-OH&S" and it touches on subjects as diverse as Vietnam, the Queen, and even remnants of the Third Reich hidden in the Melbourne suburbs.
It's raw, heart on sleeve, real. Some of it is funny and some of it is frightening, but mostly it's good fun and if you can remember or would like to know what it was like in those carefree days, this hits the spot.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)