Kiss The Sunset Pig: A Canadian's American Road Trip With Exotic Detours

Kobo ebook | May 9, 2006

byLaurie Gough

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In this lyrical, poetic, and charmingly funny book, Laurie Gough drives from Ontario to California reflecting on a life spent travelling in search of new experiences and familiar sensations. Heading towards a half-remembered cave on the Pacific coast where her younger, more adventurous self once stayed, she recalls adventures in Sumatra, the Yukon and many places in between—and wonders what compels her to keep moving through life while everyone else has found a place to belong.

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In this lyrical, poetic, and charmingly funny book, Laurie Gough drives from Ontario to California reflecting on a life spent travelling in search of new experiences and familiar sensations. Heading towards a half-remembered cave on the Pacific coast where her younger, more adventurous self once stayed, she recalls adventures in Sumatr...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 9, 2006Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143180649

ISBN - 13:9780143180647

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fabulous ---A must read This book takes you through the USA on a road trip but along the way she recounts other travels to various wonderful countries. You get lost in her travels feeling like you are there in these places meeting the people she meets. It is an absolute page turner. The book is witty and well written. An absolute read for anyone who loves to travel, or even wishes to travel. This book will take you there!
Date published: 2008-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Come On A Real Adventure! I Could Not Put It Down! Laurie Gough takes you through scenery and views on her trips so clearly described you feel you have had the adventure right along with her! I love Gough's style of writing! It is exactly what the human mind needs for the reader to be brought right along with the trip(s)! She has a knack of giving the reader the ability to see everything she is experiencing and an understanding of her viewpoints. If you really want to travel, but can't go right now, pick this book up and be prepared to almost be there!
Date published: 2007-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! This is a smart, witty tale. Gough is a natural storyteller with a love of language and adventure. This story flows from country to country and description to description with easy transitions and beautiful observations. Kiss the Sunset Pig is a great travel story because it is honest--it's not all perfect out there in the world of traveling! A fabulous read!
Date published: 2006-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First rate travel memoir Kiss the Sunset Pig paints a vivid picture of what it is like to travel across America. This book is in turn funny, sad and introspective, but always entertaining. Descriptions of past trips to South East Asia and Jamaica are also included, but they fit naturally and in fact contain some of my favourite anecdotes, such as trying to get a secure a teaching position in Seoul and buying 'cakes' from Miss Monica in Negril. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to put this book down Having done my share of backpacking, I was curious to see if Gough could caputre the experience with any authenticity. Although we had different adventures in different countries, this book made me feel I was normal. I'm not the only one to pick up hitchhikers for companionship, stay at strangers' apartments or cry with frustration when the buses don't make sense.. Travel changes you and this book describes the insane things travellers do that seem so logical at the time. And she makes it seem so natural. Sunset PIg is a wonderful tapestry of Gough's past treks woven into a road trip to California. She opens with an amusing story of heading west in a cantankerous Ford Bronco with a woman she dubs Morticia. Their adventures begin at the border and from that point on you'll wonder, "What can happen next?" Apparently a lot. Through a mixture of funny, frightening, uplifting and depressing adventures, Gough explores what it's like when you pack your life into a knapsack and leave everything familiar behind. She takes us with her to Jamaica, Alaska, Sumatra, Korea and a few US detours on the way. Although she's tells of her explorations across the world and the various cultures she encounters, these stories spring naturally from her self-examination. This common thread binds the book into a cohesive whole and keeps it from lapsing into a series of unrelated travel tales. My only complaint is that the epilogue was too short and left too mny questions. It could have been a book in itself -- one I hope Gough writes next.
Date published: 2006-06-14