Seven Leagues to Paradise

Seven Leagues to Paradise


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Is there an earthbound paradise—one single spot in all the world which is the perfect place to live?

This is the question Richard Tregaskis set out to answer, and here is his story of a thrilling 48,000-mile search for a modern-day Eden.

Fulfilling a dream that everyone has shared at one time or another, the author voyaged leisurely around the globe—to the East Indies, Asia and Australia, Africa and Europe, New York and California. He visited many of the world's most fabulous regions, and he chronicles his adventures with exciting accounts of everyone he met, gaining a fascinating insight into the true nature of each country.

The people are vivid and varied:

* Ex-GIs in Australia, the land of beautiful beaches, the worker's paradise.

* Bare-bosomed women of Bali, typifying the movie ideal of a tropic isle.

* Indian untouchables, courageous despite their lowly, caste-bound state.

* Ladies of the evening in Singapore.

* A Swiss watchmaker, passionately proud of his democratic heritage.

* An American, married and settled in England, strongly advocating the British way of life.

These are but a few of the many personalities whose stories highlight Seven Leagues to Paradise. In pursuing his own paradise, Richard Tregaskis presents a colorful, frequently humorous, always perceptive picture of our far-flung neighbors and the lands in which they live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595002412
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/20/2000
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

First Day in Bali1
The Ointment--and the Flies in It15
Australia, Land of the Future?29
The Outback41
Happy Hunting Ground57
The Good Life Is Killing Me69
Sinful Singapore85
I Finally See the Light97
The Unwanted107
Man in the Middle119
"And Have Peacetime and Be Happy"133
Escape from Revolution149
Family Life in India159
An Indian Wedding177
The Egyptians Make It Tough197
Paradise for a War Veteran209
Recipe for Paradise--Swiss Style229
Sweden, a Fragile Elysium247
Home in Paradise259

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