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Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black… (edição 2018)

por Audrey Murray (Autor)

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The raucous and surprisingly poignant story of a young, Russia-obsessed American writer and comedian who embarked on a solo tour of the former Soviet Republics, never imagining that it would involve kidnappers, garbage bags of money, and encounters with the weird and wonderful from Mongolia to Tajikistan. Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Siberia are not the typical tourist destinations of a twenty-something, nor the places one usually goes to eat, pray, and/or love. But the mix of imperial Russian opulence and Soviet decay, and the allure of emotionally unavailable Russian men proved strangely irresistible to comedian Audrey Murray. At age twenty-eight, while her friends were settling into corporate jobs and serious relationships, Audrey was on a one-way flight to Kazakhstan, the first leg of a nine-month solo voyage through the former USSR. A blend of memoir and offbeat travel guide, this thoughtful, hilarious catalog of a young comedian's adventures is also a diary of her emotional discoveries about home, love, patriotism, loneliness, and independence. Sometimes surprising, often disconcerting, and always entertaining, Open Mic Night in Moscow will inspire you to take the leap and embark on your own journey into the unknown. And, if you want to visit Chernobyl by way of an insane-asylum-themed bar in Kiev, Audrey can assure you that there's no other guidebook out there. (She's looked.)… (mais)
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Título:Open Mic Night in Moscow: And Other Stories from My Search for Black Markets, Soviet Architecture, and Emotionally Unavailable Russian Men
Autores:Audrey Murray (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2018), 416 pages
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This was a book that I just happened to randomly buy at Barnes and Noble. I had forgotten how fun that was: not reading reviews and if other people liked the book, but just taking a chance on a book you pick up and read the back cover on.

I picked this up because I used to live in Moscow and I felt like reading about a woman who travels. Well, only about 20 pages of the 400-page book was about Moscow. But that's ok. At times I was slightly annoyed about how American the book was, but on the other hand that was also the strength of the book. And I loved the self-mocking humor and the glimpses of things that felt very private to me. Maybe this is because the writer is a stand-up comedian, but it certainly made the book better. The book was full of these funny (and sometimes slightly absurd) stories I remember from when I was traveling through Siberia with my sister. Well, traveling anywhere really, but especially in Russia :)

I knew I was going to like the book when I read the introduction and she writes (page xix):
In truth, the decision to go was, like all my major life choices, random and incremental and maybe a little impulsive.
This is pretty much how I make all my life decisions. At least the major ones. I think I would like Audrey if I would meet her.

She also comes up with some pretty universal truths to all travelers (p. 280):
There were some Germans here last week. There always are. Every Couchsurfing stay, it seems, is preceded or followed by Germans.
I mean I've traveled a lot also before Couchsurfing, but there always have been Germans backpacking where ever you go...

And finally something that I think most of us can relate to, at least if you do any self reflection (p. 330):
I keep saying I want to make changes in my life, but I keep going on horse treks and waking up in yurts.


All in all, I really loved this book and I kind of want to go back to Siberia now. But I guess any kind of traveling will do :) ( )
  RankkaApina | Feb 22, 2021 |
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The raucous and surprisingly poignant story of a young, Russia-obsessed American writer and comedian who embarked on a solo tour of the former Soviet Republics, never imagining that it would involve kidnappers, garbage bags of money, and encounters with the weird and wonderful from Mongolia to Tajikistan. Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Siberia are not the typical tourist destinations of a twenty-something, nor the places one usually goes to eat, pray, and/or love. But the mix of imperial Russian opulence and Soviet decay, and the allure of emotionally unavailable Russian men proved strangely irresistible to comedian Audrey Murray. At age twenty-eight, while her friends were settling into corporate jobs and serious relationships, Audrey was on a one-way flight to Kazakhstan, the first leg of a nine-month solo voyage through the former USSR. A blend of memoir and offbeat travel guide, this thoughtful, hilarious catalog of a young comedian's adventures is also a diary of her emotional discoveries about home, love, patriotism, loneliness, and independence. Sometimes surprising, often disconcerting, and always entertaining, Open Mic Night in Moscow will inspire you to take the leap and embark on your own journey into the unknown. And, if you want to visit Chernobyl by way of an insane-asylum-themed bar in Kiev, Audrey can assure you that there's no other guidebook out there. (She's looked.)

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