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Does Your Meter Work?    by Jim Soliski order for
Does Your Meter Work?
by Jim Soliski
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Western, 2004 (2004)

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*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Nathaniel Hawthorne is quoted as saying that man builds homes with great effort but that 'the soul needs air, a wide sweep and frequent change of it.' Jim Soliski took that perspective to heart and traveled alone from his home in Edmonton, Canada to mighty cities and small back waters of the world. He compiled forty-four essays on his journeys.

What a great travelogue. He takes the reader from the Philippines to Angkor Wat to Saigon and Nepal, from China and New Zealand to Brazil and Argentina. And many of the spots between. He shares the wonders of the world as he shares the idiosyncrasies of the people who inhabit it. He took two years to traverse the globe taking time out to teach English in two different cities, in order to earn a paycheck to continue his travels. Soliski shares a great love he found in Vietnam and the differences that finally separated them. He also outlines the many and varied kinds of bathrooms he found. Not a lofty subject but one that can't be ignored.

Does Your Meter Work? is not only a travel guide, but also the journal of a man who isn't afraid to step out and discover what is waiting for him, wherever it may be. Soliski writes with insight and humor and an ability to accept whatever comes his way.

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