Thursday, January 14, 2010
Review of Waltzing Australia by Cynthia Clampitt, reviewed by Nanette McGuinness
Title: Waltzing Australia
Author: Cynthia Clampitt
Genre: nonfiction, memoir, travel
Reviewer: Nanette McGuinness (San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA)
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
After years of dreaming and planning, author Cynthia Clampitt quit her job, packed up her life,and followed the siren call of Australia. Part travelogue and part personal journal, Waltzing Australia is the diary of her journey. Clampitt mixes snippets of anthropology, cultural history, geography, natural history, and sociology in a beguiling narrative about her breakout six months traveling on her own through Australia, giving the reader a detailed look at the wonders of the land down under.
Often personal, but seldom deeply introspective, Clampitt's glowing travel diary should inspire all who dream of traveling to a new part of the world, of kicking off the traces of the day-to-day, or simply of visiting the land of kangaroos and koalas.