Daphne Beal: In the Land of No Right Angles



Hrough her Nepalese adventures it is vident that Beal has a rich understanding of the bewildering world of study abroad as well as an in depth knowledge of Nepal and India The layers of details immerse the reader in a new world instilling the sense that they could travel to Kathmandu themselves and navigate Death in Mumbai easily through the sumptuously described streets Beal reveals Alex s journey to discover herself and the way she is shaped unconsciously by American culture Through Alex the reader is able to reflect on their own assumptions about relationships time and values in unconventional waysPerhaps the most interesting part of the novel is the friendship that develops between Alex and Maya a Nepalese girl from a small mountain village Their complex cross cultural relationship binds them together tightly yet keeps them at a certainmotional distance This uniue relationship causes Alex to venture into the world of the prostitution slave trade of India Beal daftly Baccarat : La lgende du cristal exposes this issue without heavy handedness or judgment The relationship between Maya and Alex allows the reader toxamine their own motives and friendships learning as much about themselves as they do about the charactersDaphne Beal clearly has a deep understanding of the American study abroad O Colégio de Todos os Segredos experience in Nepal In this rich novel Beal transports the reader into mystifying and intensely rewardingxperiences that transcend yet are framed by culture This novel is a must read for anyone considering study abroad as well as the reader who seeks to March Violets (Bernie Gunther, examine themselves from a uniue outside perspective I read this book in one weekend and was completely swept up in the story It made me want to travel to Nepal And it also made me remember what it was like to be young ambitious and fueled with the best intentions and still getting it wrong due to cultural chasms This book was compelling and I read through it in two nights I stayed up lateach night because I had to keep going I wanted to know what would come of the main characters The writing is good and the characters believable I related with the main character in some way I must admit that the Zoete tranen ending was slightly disappointing thought not unbelievable or unexpected What I really loved though was learning about Nepal through theyes of bideshi I can definitely relive my 20s vicariously through this story Oh to go back and Water Music experience being abroad for myself When a young American backpacking through Nepal agrees to stop by a village to check in on a friend of a friend it sets off a relationship thatnsnares her repeatedly over the next Revived eight years Alex winds up helping the Nepali girl run away from her home and delivers her to their mutual friend which leaves her feeling responsible for Maya s fate though powerless to do much about it despite her bestffortsAlex is primarily a reactive character thin. D Road in Bombay Alex begins to understand the pitfalls of trying to be both adventurer and savior in an unfamiliar world In the Land of No Right Angles introduces the fiction of Daphne Beal whose vocations of life in Nepal and of the universal conflicts inherent to love and friendship mark the arrival of a stunningly talented intuitive writer.

This could be the worst book I have ver read The nding was atrocious Where is the hated it star I think this novel was listed on an NPR book list HORRID I liked the first chunk of this book And I was ok with the second chunk But then the third chunk made it clear that this wasn t really about characters or growth or plot And the lack of nding sort of annoyed me That said I Love for Imperfect Things enjoyed the inside look into Nepali culture Its not something I get to read a lot about Ever thought I want to write but I don t havenough talent Who would publish my A Heart of Stone embarrassingly amateurishfforts Boost your confidence by reading this miscarriage of a book It s guaranteed to reassure Taking Instruction (Taboo, even the worst writers that they too will find a reputable house to put out their absolutely horrible novel This story is about the intersecting of three lives over an 8 year period It is all told from the point of view of Alex who at the beginning of the book is a 20 year oldxchange student to Nepal from rural America Will is a teacher and smuggler with an intense interest in Buddhism and women Maya is a rural Nepalese girl hoping for a life away from her traditional home and Language and Linguistics expectations Everything isxperienced as Alex Divertimento experiences it almost as if she is writing in a diary The story has an honesty to it Alex s personal perspective isn tdited to make her seem likable or noble The story also Love Is a Fairy Tale embraces ambiguity not only in the characters and decisions that are made butven in the way the book Promise at Dawn ends The writing is uite lovelyspecially in its ability to provide a picture of the Nepalese countryside villages and city The book likely won t provide new insights into xpat living for those who have livedworkedstudied overseas Likewise it doesn t provide much new insight into human trafficking or prostitution but I don t feel like that was the ultimate purpose of the book This is far than an xamination of foreign Bangkok Wakes to Rain exchangexperience Although I do feel it does an The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery excellent job of capturing different aspects of thatxperience Darkmere especially in terms of the culture shock heading in both directions As Alex returns to the US and makes shorter trips back to Nepal and India she becomes increasingly critical of Nepal and India Both places have grown and changed while she was away just as she has grown and changed while she was away and as a result she will never really be able toxperience them in the same way she did as a young student To me this book is ultimately a story about choices and accepting ambiguity as a part of lifeI was nervous about reading this book because there were so many low ratings and I think there are some reasons that this books won t appeal to some readers This isn t just a travelogue this isn t about a voyage of self discovery with a happy nding There are jumps in time Other than Alex people s motivations and behavior are Alex a twenty year old American student is spending the year in Nepal backpacking and photographing As a favor to Will – her American friend – she uses one of her Himalayan treks to seek out Maya a young Nepali woman desperate to flee her traditional family to find work in Kathmandu But helping Maya has unforeseen implications Soon Alex is.

Ot clearly xplained If you are uncomfortable with casual sex outside of marriage sex scenes aren t Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den explicitly written if you are uncomfortable with casual drug usage if you are uncomfortable same sex relationships brief but present if you are uncomfortable with people criticizing cultures other than their own if you are uncomfortable with Buddhism if you are uncomfortable with criticisms of Americans if you are uncomfortable with ambiguity and mostspecially if you like books to be neatly wrapped up at the Scraps Of The Untainted Sky end you will most likely notnjoy this book Alex is also pretty hard at times on The Eric Carle Gift Set expats and international NGOs However if you love to read about other cultures and ways of life if you appreciate beautifully written prose and if you don t need crisp clear happyndings then I think you will really Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century enjoy this book Amateurish writing that left you with no sense of why the characters were behaving in a certain way Not to mention that there was too much gossip about who was sleeping with whom that didn t fit with the narrative I wouldn t recommend it This may contain spoilersThis is one of the most poorly written books I have read in a long time The character development plot pacing and writing style are all terrible None of the three main characters Alex Maya and Will are developednough for the reader to understand them their motivations or their relationships The cover describes a strange triangle and unforseen implications of helping Maya and the story fails to deliver Fashion Design Course either of theseThe most painful part about reading this book is that the author apparently isn t familiar with the concept of show don t tell I looked for meaningful moving prose but the book is chock full of passages like this one Alex and two other characters visit a shrine andnded up staying the night in the shrine room of a Sherpa lama s house at the bottom of the hill He seemed happy to have us and not to mind when the lamas from Ngyak stopped by to see if we wanted to watch a movie in townFinally we were so tired and bored we decided to go Maya walked with us as far as the Sherpa lama s house but then said she d just walk her friends back to their room We waited up for her for a while and finally went to sleep The whole book reads like a high school student s How I Spent My Summer Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, essay withlitist and inscrutable cool kid references to Nepal first I did this then I did that then I said this then he said that The Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga end Speaking of thend I felt no resolution at the Cincinnati and Other Plays end of the book A very disappointing read all around My review for Armchair InterviewsIn this highlyngaging novel Daphne Beal Speak Out! exposes the personal side of Nepal through Alex a na ve andnchanting young college student It s as if the reader is immersed in Alex s own travel diary I Like You the Best experiencing the confusion joys and heartaches of life abroad As we follow Alex Embroiled in a strange triangle with Maya and Will where the lines between friendship love and lust grow tangledvery day Over the course of the next ight years Alex returns to Nepal first to visit and to photograph then in an attempt to help the troubled Maya Moving between Kathmandu New York and the grim houses of prostitution along Falklan.

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Daphne Beal's first novel In the Land of No Right Angles was published by VintageAnchor in August Her nonfiction has appeared in Vogue McSweeney's and the London Review of Books Her work has been anthologized The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers; State by State A Panoramic Portrait of America; and The KGB Bar Reader Originally from Wisconsin she lives in New York City with her