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Slipping into Paradise: Why I Live in New Zealand

Slipping into Paradise: Why I Live in New Zealand by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson 0345466349 9780345466341
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In the tradition ofUnder the Tuscan SunandA Year in Provence,here is Jeffrey Moussaieff Massons ode to his personal paradisehis adopted home, New Zealand. After living in California, why did Masson settle out of all the places on earthin such a faraway land? It turns out that while visiting a beautiful sandy beach just fifteen minutes from bustling Auckland, Masson and his family were utterly seduced by the exotic locale. There was little deliberation. This place, surrounded by lush forest on a bay dotted with volcanic islands, would be their new home. Masson takes readers on a remarkable journey to another world, as he and his family slip into the paradise that is New Zealand. For anyone who has ever dreamed of finding utopia, Masson reveals a country where neighbors talk to one another and provide a sense of real communityrarely, outside of the big cities, locking their doorsand where politics are as mellow as the weather. New Zealand is also a land of spectacular scenery, made even more famous for being the shooting location for theLord of the Ringsfilms. The flora is plentiful. Mangroves, banana plants, papaya trees, and more than ten thousand species of ferns grow wild and freely. The fauna is benign. There are no snakes, tarantulas, or scorpions. Children can walk to school barefoot without a care there is nothing to sting them, bite them, or give them a rash. In the blue waters near the lush coastline, dolphins and orcas abound. While describing his love affair with the country and his affinity for its citizens, Masson reflects on the meaning of home, the importance of acting on intuition, and what happens when we lose our connection to the place we live in. Responding to an impulse, Masson reveals, he realized a dream. Featuring a its glossary of phrases used by New Zealanders and important Maori words, as well as the authors recommended travel itinerary,Slipping into Paradiseis ideal for anyone planning a visit to this exquisite land. Full of photographs, delightful anecdotes, and little-known facts (jogging, for example, was invented in New Zealand),Slipping into Paradiseis also a book for those who fantasize about dramatically changing their livesand who imagine something better for themselves. Jeffrey Massons message: New Zealand awaits. From the Hardcover edition.

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 272

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Date: 2005-07-26

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