status viatoris – being ‘on the way’/being in a state of pilgrimage
What with all the other recent goings on, I have of late been rather neglectful in checking the Amazonian progress of “An English Fandango”.
So on my last visit over to the site, I was thrilled and hugely grateful to see how many of you have very kindly left reviews; a few of which I have posted below:
“This is a funny, honest and well written account. It is neither too serious nor too flippant and is perfect for those “what if” moments which we sensible ones have all experienced whilst on holiday in those balmy (and sometimes too hot) southern climates.”
“What is it like to live, to make a living, in Spain?
Not the Spain of the blocks of seaside flats nor the Spain of the remote farms romanticised by their owners in a desperate attempt to get enough publicity to sell their white elephants.
This is Spain, described and experienced by a young woman who went out into the world to see what she could make of it and how she muddled, worked and learned her way through it all.
You want to know about the ways of Spanish restaurant owners…look no further.
You want to know about clingy boyfriends…likewise.
You want to know how to survive and win…..here it is.
I learned a lot about Spain here and a lot more about life.
I hope she writes a follow up on her time in France.”
“Il libro è scritto bene e si legge molto rapidamente, il registro utilizzato, pur con alcune peculiarità, non è troppo complesso persino per la mia conoscenza ridotta di questa lingua.
Il ritmo è sostenuto e le pagine scorrono senza fatica, mentre si segue la protagonista nel suo adattarsi a un paese e a una lingua del tutto nuovi.
Gli episodi sono sempre raccontati in modo leggero, non privo di ironia e la lettura procede spedita e fa sorridere più di una volta.
Lo sguardo riservato al mondo sconosciuto che l’autrice si trova davanti, è quello di qualcuno disposto ad imparare e “fare come i romani, quando a Roma”; nessuna pretesa di superiorità culturale o altro.
Ho molto apprezzato anche il candore che l’autrice ha nel raccontare sé stessa e le sue potenzialità e come scoprire certe cose sia stata una sorpresa anche per lei; non voglio spoilerare troppo, perché vale la pena di leggerselo per proprio conto.
Mi spiace sia durato poco e spero che l’autrice abbia in programma di parlare sia dell’esperienza in Francia che di quella in Italia.
L’autrice ha un blog, Status Viatoris, che seguo da un po’ di tempo.
In attesa dei, spero, seguiti, non posso far altro che raccomandarne la lettura; a me è piaciuto.”
Gabriele: Qua vorrei aggiungere che ho appena visto quello che hai scritto del libro su Polideuce, e ti ringrazio veramente tanto! Thank you!
“A great read! Whether you are a young person embarking on discovering the world, an older and wiser self looking back, or even their parent, its a great read – hilarious and anguishing by turn, and never dull! Also informative for anyone who likes bite sized nuggets of fascinating stuff about all things Spanish – music, dance, art, architecture, history and political double standards – all served up in a lively and digestible style. A very good first work from Kirsty Lowe – I already look forward to her next one…..”
“Kirsty Lowe writes beautifully about her world – within minutes you are pulled in and can’t wait to find out what will happen next. The book is a perfect little window on the fabulous wisdom of youth as the author finds her path in life. She writes about her exploits with members of the opposite sex along the way with such humour and honesty that it’s immediately identifiable with. I laughed out loud at how she got to grips with her rescue puppy and the challenges he brought to her life. This book will be enjoyed by anyone who’s ever been young and particularly those that love dogs.”
Being particularly useless at promotion, I haven’t managed to get the book “out there” in any real sense – sales still barely breaking double figures, so if anyone has any fabulous or inventive ideas for spreading the word, I would love to hear them!
Also, having just opted out of “KDP Select” (a Kindle lending library program that netted me zilch but which prevented me publishing elsewhere for three months) I am now free to market the book in other cyber bookshops. So if anybody has any requests/advice on which marketplaces to head to, again, I would love to hear them!
Massive thanks once again for all your support.
This is Status Viatoris, not Fandangoing all the way to the bank quite yet, but who knows what the future may bring in Italy.