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Au­thor: Wan Noor­l­iza Pub­lisher: Le­jen Press ISBN: 9789670591568

THIS lit­tle trav­el­ogue de­scribes the ex­pe­ri­ences of Wan Noor­l­iza while study­ing in Aus­tralia.

The au­thor uses a mix of Malay and English; I guess to make the writ­ing more re­lat­able to the younger gen­er­a­tion who tend to speak in both lan­guages nowa­days.

The anec­dotes con­tained in the book are told in in­di­vid­ual chap­ters. For­tu­nately, each of th­ese stand­alone chap­ters is ar­ranged in such a way that there is a good story flow from be­gin­ning to end.

This makes the book in­ter­est­ing, and fun to read, but some of th­ese sto­ries are so in­ter­est­ing that you wish there are more to their tales.

The au­thor deftly de­scribes her en­coun­ters with var­i­ous peo­ple in Aus­tralia, which she man­ages to re­late to mem­o­ries of her fam­ily back home, mak­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences that more in­ter­est­ing.

One draw­back to her writ­ing style is that she is so fo­cused on re­lat­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences that she of­ten for­gets to de­scribe what it is like to travel through Aus­tralia and the sights she en­coun­ters – which, for a trav­el­ogue, makes the coun­try seem un­for­giv­ably dull.

Though I un­der­stand that she can choose what she wants to write about, I was ex­pect­ing to read a lot more about the coun­try, con­sid­er­ing that it’s in the book ti­tle!

Nev­er­the­less, this book still has enough gems to make it worth spend­ing time on it. – Shahrul Fahmi

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