Book Review for “A European Odyssey”

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “A European Odyssey” by Bailey Alexander.]

Bailey Alexander’s book is a memoir that stems from the author’s quest to discover her true identity.

Bailey Alexander’s life was flourishing in Seattle. She had developed a successful business, got married, and even retired after five years of building her company. But in 1999, Bailey’s beloved mother, Muv, makes the most bizarre of all confessions to her. The truth changes Bailey’s life and inspires her to embark on an intriguing odyssey across Europe. It helps that Bailey’s husband, Francis, loves traveling too. He is also trying to set up his business empire. Hence, they both lived a nomadic lifestyle in Europe for about 20 years, searching for a place to call their home.

Firstly, I must commend Bailey for the geography and history lessons in this book. I am in awe of how well-traveled the author is. What intrigued me the most was how Bailey was able to describe each town they visited excellently. Though I have not been to any of the European cities mentioned in this book, I enjoyed the author’s insights into the cultures of the cities. Good job, Bailey!

What I liked the most about this book was the author’s writing style. Her vivid descriptions are praiseworthy! I felt like I embarked on the trips with her. I enjoyed how easy it was to picture the things and events she described. There was nothing left out in her narration. She covered the culture, food, politics and even gave some history lessons of the places she visited. I was educated and entertained at the same time, but I was never confused due to how smoothly the story flowed.

Nevertheless, I admired how Bailey made friends with ease. I learned through her story how important it is to have a good relationship with other people. Also, I found her husband’s determination to succeed in his business to be very inspiring. Of all the cities Bailey lived in, Venice is my favorite. Who knows? I might get the opportunity to visit the city someday.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this title and eagerly await the next book from this author. There was nothing I disliked about this book. It is professionally edited and with few typos. This title is also concise and devoid of profanities. Therefore, I am glad to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I am recommending it to readers who love intriguing memoirs, especially those interested in learning about the cultures of a good number of cities in Europe.

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Today’s weather report teases this is the last gasp of high summer heat. And now we must wait patiently for the vendemmia, with high hopes amidst strange days.

Our lovely gazebo flew away last week in the midst of a crazy summer thunder storm, apparently we have one every seven years, or so they say. I only arrived 7 years ago, so how would I know?

I guess we could have nailed the gazebo down, but we didn’t; however, this was the second gazebo to fly away this summer. The first one lasted two summer seasons, it was much lighter, but this didn’t matter, they both flew away, just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. I often mention Dorothy because I too experienced my own emotional cyclone, I even had a dog named Godot, which sounded quite like Dorothy’s little dog Toto. My own emotional cyclone inspired my European Odyssey, so many moons ago.

But back to the storm that took away our gazebo…

…my husband was away on this dramatic day, on Lake Garda, but when I shared the news over the phone, his response sounded culturally catholic, and right when he said, “God does not want us to have a gazebo,” and I just had to agree.

Soon, summer will end, along with the harvest. Cycles slightly bittersweet, because Piemonte winters can feel awfully long…

All the more reason to enjoy the last gasp of swimming season…

Michel Barnier: Trade deal ‘unlikely’

Michel Barnier wraps up his statement by paraphrasing Sainte-Exupery: “A negotiation is not just looking at and talking to one another. It is to look together in the same direction”

I’ve always assumed they will crash out, it does not look good, and in a way; it is a relief. The English gov’t is fundamentally adversarial – Maggie thumping her bag, Cameron’s ‘my way or the highway’ attitude.

Unfortunate, yet fate is at play. And the EU is fundamentally the essence of compromise; hence the length of time it takes to get anything done. But there you are, and in case you’re curious, because I was, my guy told me Antoine Saint-Exupery wrote “The Little Prince” and he was a philosopher, and major aviator. He was born in Lyon, and they named an aiport after him.

I feel better for knowing this….

I will take you to dark places, like Auschwitz…

…yes, we shall go dark, along my odyssey, full of travel and pilgrimages, but I will also take you sailing to the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic, and to live with me in Paris, on the street with the longest name in la ville lumiere called rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Genevieve. You will find it all in my book called “A European Odyssey; How a boxer’s daughter found grace”