So, We Sold Our House and Ran Away to the South Pacific

So, We Sold Our House and Ran Away to the South Pacific

Book - 2006
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Shortlisted for the Calgary W.O. Mitchell Prize.

From the author of A Paris Moment comes a tongue-in-cheek tale of one couple's quest for happiness on the other side of the globe. We all dream of escaping the boring routine of getting up, going to work, and paying the bills. Find out what happens when Gordon Cope and his wife, Linda, follow that dream-to the South Pacific. From the remote Cook Islands to the hustle and bustle of Sydney Australia, from the new agey cities of New Zealand to Perry Mason's orchid garden in Fiji, Gordon and his wife Linda search for happiness - and the best sauvignon blanc in the southern hemisphere.

Along the way they encounter a host of memorable characters:

Sven - the Swedish biker with a body of tattoos, Greg - the James Cagney look-alike - whose dream is to open an espresso bar in one of Sydney's roughest neighbourhoods,
Papa Manu - whose Cook Island-style birthday parties give new meaning to the term "party crashers",
Lovestruck Rarotonga teens Violet and Porkchop,
And, of course, the Wizard of New Zealand.

From taking part in a Cook Islands racquetball competition to staring down a grassfire in Australia, from chasing crazy cockroaches to ducking kooky kookaburras, Gordon Cope takes you on a rollicking adventure to the world down under. . . You won't have to be mad as a meat axe to enjoy this trip!

Publisher: Calgary : Fifth House, c2006
ISBN: 9781894856997
Branch Call Number: 919 COP
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 08, 2011

Not quite what I was expecting. Based on the title, I thought it was about the author moving to some island (or islands) in the South Pacific and living for years amongst the locals (similar to "The Sex lives of Cannibals") - instead it's basically documenting the extended and typically-western vacation the author and his wife took to Australia and New Zealand (save for a month in the Cook islands). When I think "South Pacific" - I think small undeveloped islands... Nothing really insightful or overly interesting.

However, it made for a quick read and would recommend as a back-up book for a vacation should you finish your primary book too quickly...

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