The Bolivian Times by Tim Elliott (Paperback, 2001) Signed

The Bolivian Times by Tim Elliott (Paperback, 2001) Signed

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The Bolivian Times by Tim Elliott (Signed)

A fascinating journey through Bolivia.

Twenty-something Tim Elliott had a great plan. He and his girlfriend would go to South America to live there for six months while they worked as a journalistic team (him writing, her taking photos) to support themselves.

Hmm, maybe it wasn't such a hot idea- They'd barely landed in Bolivia before the relationship blew apart. But Tim stuck with his plan and got a job as a reporter on the newspaper The Bolivian Times (having survived the riot and tear-gas on his way to the interview). He then spent six months living in Bolivia, chasing various Latino love interests, getting closer to cocaine than he should have done (there was nearly a very nasty scrape with the US drug-enforcement agency the DEA) and having exhausted temper tantrums lost in the jungle on his way to cover a story.

It was hell to live through, but it's hellishly funny to read. Here's a taste. Tim has just wended his way through the tear gas to the job interview- "So, how's your Spanish?" he asked, in Spanish. I paused. Talking Spanish with strangers always freaked me out. The trick was to speak slowly. But not so slowly that people would think you'd just come out of shock therapy. Taking a deep breath I replied that, yes, I could speak OK, and that with a little more practice it should come together nicely. At least, that's what I wanted to say. What actually came out of my mouth was "Right this exact moment me speak pretty the Spanish, maybe quite handsome from time to time. And believe me, with the exercise a lot will be improving." Peter leaned back in his chair and put his hands behind his head. The upholstery hissed. He stared at me for what seemed an eternity. Then his mouth opened. "You'll be fine." The interview was over.


Format: Paperback | 288 pages

Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.9 | 250g

Publication Date: 04 May 2001

Publisher: Random House Australia

Publication City/Country: Sydney, Australia

Language: English

Illustrations note: none

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 1740510259

ISBN13: 9781740510257


Condition: Good

A vintage book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including very minor scuff marks and creasing, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged with no creasing or tearing, no pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text. The first page has been inscribed and signed by the author in black pen. The message reads: "Dear Chris, Hope you can see the good side of Bolivia! Cheers, [author's signature])." There is no other writing in margins anywhere else in the book. No missing pages.