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Me, myself & Prague : an unreliable guide to Bohemia / Rachael Weiss.

By: Weiss, Rachael, 1964-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2008Description: xiii, 316 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781741148206 (pbk.); 1741148200 (pbk.).Subject(s): Weiss, Rachael, 1964- -- Travel -- Czech Republic -- Prague | Australians -- Czech Republic -- Travel | Prague (Czech Republic) -- Description and travelGenre/Form: Travel writing.DDC classification: 914.3712 Summary: "This is the story of Rachael's year in Prague. Armed only with a romantic soul and a pressing need to get away from her overbearing family, Rachael heads off in search of adventure and love, on a quest to explore her Bohemian roots. With vague plans to spend her year getting intimate with some fabulous Czech men, writing the next great Australian novel and possibly meeting the love of her life in a smoky Czech jazz bar (despite not actually liking modern jazz and never having written a novel before in her life), Rachael is not really prepared for the realities that confront her in her new home, involving as they do perplexing plumbing, difficulties with the near-incomprehensible Czech language, extraordinarily rude check-out chicks, and inadequately stocked supermarkets. It's no picnic, this expatriate life, and certainly not what she envisaged, but, rather to her surprise, Rachael finds herself gradually creating in Prague a kind of second home, complete with a charmingly eccentric tribe of extended family and friends. A warm, funny and surprising story of how our family ends up always with us, no matter how far away we may go, Me, Myself & Prague is a sweet and surprising memoir of hope, courage, friendship - and the importance of getting a smile from a check-out chick just when you really need it." Provided by publisher.
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Armed with a romantic soul and a pressing need to escape her overbearing family, Rachael Weiss heads for Prague with vague plans to write a great novel and perhaps, just perhaps, fall madly in love with an exotic Czech man with high cheekbones. They make it seem so easy, those other women who write of uprooting themselves from everything they know, crossing the world and forming effortless friendships with strangers--despite not understanding a word they say--while reinventing themselves in beautiful European cities. So it's not surprising that Rachael is completely unprepared for the realities that confront her in her strange new world. However, in this warm and witty tale of life in a foreign land, Rachael, somewhat to her own surprise, finds herself gradually creating a second home in Prague, complete with an eccentric and unlikely tribe of extended family and friends; and realizes along the way that while she's been striving so hard to become someone else, she has inadvertently grown to rather like the person she has always been.

"This is the story of Rachael's year in Prague. Armed only with a romantic soul and a pressing need to get away from her overbearing family, Rachael heads off in search of adventure and love, on a quest to explore her Bohemian roots. With vague plans to spend her year getting intimate with some fabulous Czech men, writing the next great Australian novel and possibly meeting the love of her life in a smoky Czech jazz bar (despite not actually liking modern jazz and never having written a novel before in her life), Rachael is not really prepared for the realities that confront her in her new home, involving as they do perplexing plumbing, difficulties with the near-incomprehensible Czech language, extraordinarily rude check-out chicks, and inadequately stocked supermarkets. It's no picnic, this expatriate life, and certainly not what she envisaged, but, rather to her surprise, Rachael finds herself gradually creating in Prague a kind of second home, complete with a charmingly eccentric tribe of extended family and friends. A warm, funny and surprising story of how our family ends up always with us, no matter how far away we may go, Me, Myself & Prague is a sweet and surprising memoir of hope, courage, friendship - and the importance of getting a smile from a check-out chick just when you really need it." Provided by publisher.

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Library Journal Review

Forty years old, with no career and in the shadow of her more successful siblings, Weiss takes her life's savings and heads to Prague for a year to discover the home of her ancestors, write the great Australian novel, and find romance. Unable to speak Czech, Weiss ends up befriending a small, colorful group of English-speaking expatriates who take her under their wings and introduce her to life in Prague. Author of another travel memoir, Are We There Yet?, Weiss offers a pleasantly readable narrative sprinkled with colorful bits of Aussie slang and funny and touching family moments, including a death-defying drive to the village of her father's family and a chilling visit to Terezin (Theresienstadt), the German showcase concentration camp where her grandfather died after a four-year internment. Verdict While in the mold of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, Weiss's acutely observant book will particularly appeal to women and should be especially popular in libraries serving patrons with Czech ancestry.-Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Australian Weiss, 40 and unattached, left Sydney to spend a romantic year abroad and to write her second novel. Following the suggestion of her Czech father, a WWII immigrant to Sydney, she headed to Prague with $5,000 Australian (which will, astonishingly, keep her afloat for an entire year). Staying in her father's communist-era flat outside Prague, Weiss explored the country, met extended family, and avoided writing. Fellow ex-pats entertainingly typecast themselves: an American artist/nymphomaniac, a lovelorn young Swede, and a hard-drinking Aussie hell-bent on meeting Bohemian beauties. Weiss charms us with a touch of Bridget Jones (her love for rich Czech food quickly inciting an all-out war with her waistline; thank goodness for the Czech Republic's bounty of picturesque hiking trails!), and triumphs when she ultimately ditches her novel in favor of this memoir. Weiss' personal journey follows a rather predictable trajectory, and, as she herself reveals, her year in Prague was one where nothing earth-shattering occurred. However, it's a pleasure to sit alongside her as she digests this place and the heritage she never knew she had.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2010 Booklist