- Publisher: Blue Moon Books,U.S. (1 August 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156201059X
- ISBN-13: 978-1562010591
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
Goa Freaks: My Hippie Years in India Paperback – Import, 1 Aug 1995
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.
|5 star (0%)|
|4 star (0%)|
|3 star (0%)|
|2 star (0%)|
|1 star (0%)|
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
My mother has traveled to India in the 70s as a travel agent.She said India is one of the most beautiful places she has ever seen. She said the 90s saw real change for Goa when it became a cheap haven for European travelers to go get drunk, return home, and forget they ever were on another continent. Cleo was lucky to see this land in a more pristine state than it is now. Western culture has moved in and the vibe has changed. It is too bad that Cleo is not around anymore because I am sure she would have plenty to say to her devout readers and her critics.
For all the years that she lived there, it is amazing how little she learned. There is not the least indication that she ever learned how to speak Konkani (the local language), and by her own admission, she never learned more than a few phrases of Hindi. Toward the end of the book she was left with a mountain of tape recorders, and other foreign goods which she virtually gave away. During the 1970s this would have fetched a fortune on the black market, she should have known this. Toward the end of her stay when she was complaining about the ants crawling over her at night, if she had any significant contact with the local population, they would have told her to simply put all four legs of the bed in bowls of water. Ants could not cross even the smallest surface of water. (I learned this trick living in Hyderabad.)
The narration, the writing, the entire tone of the book is interesting, even if for no other reason than the degree of solipsism and isolationism is mind boggling.