Sydney-based musician Carolyn Shine moves to Hanoi virtually on a whim, expecting to find romance and available culture. She's in for some big surprises. Funny, warm and engaging, her travel memoir introduces us to a cast of memorable Vietnamese characters as well as her fellow foreigners searching for love and adventure. From teaching English, sub-editing a propaganda new Sydney-based musician Carolyn Shine moves to Hanoi virtually on a whim, expecting to find romance and available culture.
From teaching English, sub-editing a propaganda news sheet, to forming a blues band, against the backdrop of a world seemingly alive with the promise of romance, this is a beguiling evocation of Hanoi and its people: pungent, earthy and sensual. Get A Copy.
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View all 3 comments. Sep 14, Huyen Chip rated it it was ok. With due respect for the author, I find her book rather dull. Carolyn Shine started off with an excellent prompt, but she failed to execute it. Throughout the book, the narrator fails to make an impression as a person. She lacks character and tells her stories from a superficial point of view that leaves me unsatisfied and almost annoyed. Nov 10, Sal B rated it liked it. The heat! The traffic! The vile neo-colonialists! The poverty! This book doesn't add anything particularly novel to the genre of 'expats telling mildly amusing tales of life in developing countries', but at least it is competently written, unlike, say, Hello Missus: A Girl's Own Guide to Foreign Affairs , with which it shares many similarities a single, thirty-something Australian wo 'Single, White Female in Hanoi' sounds like a tagline in search of a title.
This book doesn't add anything particularly novel to the genre of 'expats telling mildly amusing tales of life in developing countries', but at least it is competently written, unlike, say, Hello Missus: A Girl's Own Guide to Foreign Affairs , with which it shares many similarities a single, thirty-something Australian woman navigating the highs and lows of temporarily working in an impoverished SE Asian country circa View 1 comment.
Jun 30, Jane rated it it was amazing. Cleverly written at a pace that draws you in slowly and completely. Single White Female in Hanoi is the most strangely familiar book I've read in a long, long time! It brought back that unmistakable feeling of being a stranger, alone, in the third world. It managed to open up horizons of thought, especially on foreign culture, that one may have never considered. Carolyn Shine is a great story-teller, combining self-deprecating honesty, curiosity, uncertainty and humor into beautifully understate Cleverly written at a pace that draws you in slowly and completely.
Carolyn Shine is a great story-teller, combining self-deprecating honesty, curiosity, uncertainty and humor into beautifully understated prose. It is more than an encounter with Hanoi, it is an encounter with the human condition. A must-read! It's hard to know what to say about this book.
Sometimes I get frustrated that these books get written. Is it really now the done thing to manage to spend a year overseas and then write a book moaning about this privilidge? Some of this book was great, and I really enjoyed those parts, but the 2nd half of this book was more moan-y.
I am still glad I read it, and it did make me long for South East Asia May 09, Penny Baker rated it it was amazing. I found this book witty stimulating nd sad all at once and couldnt wait to finish it to find out if it had a good ending. A remarkable insight into Hanoi and surrounding areas and cultures. Well worth a read. Carolyn was also a brilliant musician I am led to believe.
Sep 01, Nadja rated it it was ok. The writing itself is great: Descriptive and evocative, it manages to capture some of the essence of Ha Noi. But a Western expat writing a book about the oddities of Asian culture - essentially how backwards it all is compared to her own - shouldn't be throwing stones. Then saying the reason the wife didn't end up making a fuss because she was flattered that a "rich Westerner" would be interested in her husband?
Sorry, next. If writing about a culture not your own, maybe stop being an ass about it. There are better ways to learn about a culture than to read about it through the eyes of privilege carrying a superiority complex. Apr 15, Kate Arrowsmith rated it it was ok. I don't think this has aged well - a lot of it comes across pretty judgey when she's the one hanging out with rotten sexists and sleeping with a married man! I guess now I'm judging HER, and the cycle of judging will just continue He could have been someone insidious.
This stark lesson has made me really question my digital life. As having a public Instagram and posting stories in real time exposes us all to the very real dangers of predatory people at home as well as abroad. Safe to say I have unlinked my dating and social accounts, and when I am alone will not be posting specific locations in real-time, but how far should I go to stay safe? Is my plan to use location based apps to perhaps meet a potential suitor a dangerous one full stop?
Should I be less adventurous and not take the motorbike ride along the Hai Van Pass with a stranger? Is being alone in the Dark Cave a bad idea? Should I fly instead of taking the sleeper train? Should I rethink staying in a mixed dorm in Singapore? Should I play it safe and spend my time away completely sober? There are sensible things one can do to reduce the risk, but you will never know what another persons motivations are until its too late. I have the offer of dinner in Hoi An tonight, ironically with a guy called Steve, who is 38, from London and a digital nomad software developer.
Next stop, Saigon! I would love to know your thoughts. I love travelling and am presently trying to combine work and travel together, running my Customer Experience Consultancy business, CMXperience, from abroad as I adventure solo around the world! View all posts by The CX Nomad. I love this!
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Home Contact. For example: When in India, I was swarmed by a group of men at a club in Goa because apparently being unmarried there is an open invite to be accosted. And another story from this week towards the end of the post. The Positives Being able to travel the world at the stage of life when you actually have enough money to enjoy yourself. Absolute freedom to do whatever you want, when you want with who you want.
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