Me, Myself and Prague : An Unreliable Guide to Bohemia Paperback
I tripped across the Charles Bridge just before first light, all alone apart from a sleepy pickpocket just clocking on for the morning shift, my heels clacking on the cobblestones, the early morning sky a beautiful deep blue.
Armed only with a romantic soul and a pressing need to escape her overbearing family, Rachael Weiss heads for Prague in search of her Bohemian roots, with vague plans to write the next great Australian novel and perhaps, just perhaps, fall madly in love with an exotic Czech man with high cheekbones. They make it seem so easy, those other women who write of uprooting themselves from everything they know, crossing the world and forming effortless friendships with strangers, despite not understanding a word they say, while reinventing themselves in beautiful European cities.
So it's not surprising that Rachael is completely unprepared for the realities that confront her in her strange new world.
Initially starry-eyed, she quickly has to grapple with perplexing plumbing, extraordinarily rude checkout chicks, and the near-incomprehensible Czech language. In this warm and witty tale of life in a foreign land, Rachael, somewhat to her own surprise, finds herself gradually creating a second home in Prague, complete with an eccentric and unlikely tribe of extended family and friends; and realises along the way that while she's been striving so hard to become someone else, she has inadvertently grown to rather like the person she has always been.
Me, Myself + Prague is a sweet and surprising memoir of discovering hope, self, family and friendship, Czech-style.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin
- Publication Date: 01/03/2008
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9781741148206
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Review by kiwifortyniner
The author at age forty with a need to escape her overbearing family decides to travel to Prague from Australia and live there for a year in order to write the great Australian, maybe meet a handsome Czech guy and search our her roots. But it does not prove that easy at first. She has to grapple with on again off again water, rude check out chicks who never smile and the difficulties of the language itself. But she does cope. She manges to find an interesting group of friends most of them visitors like herself. She takes language classes and she goes to visit her family and in the process in spite of the communication difficulties comes to understand herself and where she has come from a little better. She includes chapters on her experiences hiking in the countryside and taking the waters at Marienbad with an Australian friend. She talks of what life was like for the Czechs under the Communists. At the end of the time she finds that she has created for herself a second home in Prague. She returns to Australia but after only a year there returns to Prague where she still lives. I really enjoyed this book. Like Almost French (for France) and The Promise ( for Italy) this warm and at times funny tale gave me a real insight into the Czech republic and its people.
Review by hethie
Fantastic memoir. I found this novel to be easy to read and very funny. Anyone considering a trip to Prague then I would suggest reading this memoir. I felt like I was right there in Prague with the author. Absolutely loved this book.