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Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island

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by: Peter Rudiak-Gould
Books with a 5 star rating  (1)
Publication Date: December 24, 2015
Book Size: 5.25" x 8"
Pages: 259
Binding: Perfect Bound
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Book Synopsis
A cultural castaway writes winningly of life on a remote island in the Pacific that may be one of global warming’s first casualties. Just one month after his twenty-first birthday, Peter Rudiak-Gould moved to Ujae, a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands located 70 miles from the nearest telephone, car, store, or tourist, and 2000 miles from the closest continent. He spent the next year there, living among its 450 inhabitants and teaching English to its schoolchildren. At first blush, Surviving Paradise is a thoughtful and laugh-out-loud hilarious documentation of Rudiak-Gould’s efforts to cope with daily life on Ujae as his idealistic expectations of a tropical paradise confront harsh reality. But Rudiak-Gould goes beyond the personal, interweaving his own story with fascinating political, linguistic and ecological digressions about the Marshall Islands. Most poignant are his observations of the noticeable effect of global warming on these tiny, low-lying islands and the threat rising water levels pose to their already precarious existence. Surviving Paradise is a disarmingly lighthearted narrative with a substantive emotional undercurrent.
Customer Comments
yulia vozzhaeva
Posted: September 20, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
I work at the bookstore and I am lucky to flip through multiple travelogues/memoirs, but this book really stands out: the location is off the beaten track; it is informative, and entertaining (but not shallow!). It is the type of book you read and then look for something as good for a long time.

“Surviving Paradise” brings this remote world close and unfolds the country’s past, present and future leaving the reader with an in-depth understanding of Marshallese culture.

His other book “The Oxford Tribe” is as great by the way.
About The Author
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Peter Rudiak-Gould is a cultural anthropologist, consultant, and writer. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at www.peterrg.com.
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