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The thing about Prague : how I gave it all up for a new life in Europe's most eccentric city / Rachael Weiss.

By: Weiss, Rachael, 1964-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: St. Leonards, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2014Description: 377 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781760112639.Subject(s): Weiss, Rachael, 1964- -- Homes and haunts -- Czech Republic -- Prague | Weiss, Rachael, 1964- -- Travel | Women authors, Australian -- Biography | Australians -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Biography | Voyages and travels -- Humour | Travel writing -- Czech Republic -- Prague | Prague (Czech Republic) -- Social life and customs | Prague (Czech Republic) -- Description and travelDDC classification: 808.06691 Summary: This is the story of a freewheeling Aussie girl who gives up her life in Sydney to return to Prague, her ancestral home, intending to live there for the rest of her life. In fact, she lasted there for three years before visa restrictions and disillusionment caused her to leave the country. Even though she is at times exasperated by the petty bureaucracy and customs of a country that values beer and potatoes above everything else, and even though she is frustrated by her attempts to master a very difficult language (only spoken by 10 million people), her efforts to engage both socially and romantically with the locals are wonderfully funny. Social embarrassment and mortification rub shoulders with the kind of bureaucratic absurdity that inspired Kafka in former times. 'The Thing About Prague 'is a surprising and generous memoir full of warmth and Rachael's unstoppable sociability...
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A smart and very funny memoir about the highs and lows of trying to establish a life in a place that values beer and potatoes above everything else.

This is the story of a freewheeling Aussie girl who gives up her life in Sydney to return to Prague, her ancestral home, intending to live there for the rest of her life. In fact, she lasted there for three years before visa restrictions and disillusionment caused her to leave the country. Even though she is at times exasperated by the petty bureaucracy and customs of a country that values beer and potatoes above everything else, and even though she is frustrated by her attempts to master a very difficult language (only spoken by 10 million people), her efforts to engage both socially and romantically with the locals are wonderfully funny. Social embarrassment and mortification rub shoulders with the kind of bureaucratic absurdity that inspired Kafka in former times. 'The Thing About Prague 'is a surprising and generous memoir full of warmth and Rachael's unstoppable sociability...

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