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The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes: Notes from Nepal
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“Barbara Scot gives us the Nepal she saw, touched, visited with a feminist’s respect for difference. Hers is a tale of sharing, and we are privileged to see through her eyes, understand through her exquisite sensibility.”—Margaret Randall
“This provocative book deserves attention from anyone interested in cross-cultural communication and the complex issues of development work.”—Yoga Journal
“Scot’s year in Nepal was extraordinary. What she discovered about herself, about Nepal and the Nepalis themselves is beautifully told.”—Seattle Times
“While Scot never sugarcoats the hardships, she fulfills two of the travel writer’s most important tasks: evoking a deep sense of place and instilling in readers a desire to go there.”—Booklist
The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes is a moving account of a Western woman’s transformative sojourn in Nepal. Barbara Scot demonstrates insight into cultural difference while confronting the complex issues of development work and the status of women in Nepal. In vivid descriptions of mountain climbs, moving stories of the Nepalis and the retelling of her personal memories, Scot challenges readers with women’s global struggles while nurturing a deep empathy and respect for the Nepali people. Scot updates her travels in this revised edition.
Barbara J. Scot is an avid climber, hiker and naturalist. She is the author of Prairie Reunion (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), which received a New York Times Notable Book citation, and The Stations of Still Creek (Sierra Club Books). She lives on a houseboat near Portland, Oregon.
Beautifully written mid-life travel memoir vividly reveals Nepali culture with revisions updated to 2004 Nepal.
Cultural Writing. Travel. Memoir. Revised Edition 2005. Ranging across mountains and memories, Scot's classic journal of her experiences in Nepal in 1990 is now published in a revised edition that includes reflections on a return trip in 2004. "Scot's year in Nepal was extraordinary. What she discovered about herself, about Nepal and the Nepalis is beautifully told"--Seattle Times. "THE VIOLET SHYNESS OF THEIR EYES will enter your heart, and stay"--Margaret Randall.
The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes details Barbara Scot's experiences teaching English in Nepal. Her insights on her midwestern background, on cultural difference, on the struggles of Nepali Women, and on her role as a global citizen illuminate Scot's complex feminism. She redefines herself and embraces her mid-life passage.
About the Author
Barbara Scot lived and taught in Nepal for a year and returned in 2004 to update this book. The first edition of Violet Shyness received the PNBA Book Award. Other publications include Prairie Reunion (Farrar Strauss) which received a New York Times Notable Book Citation and The Stations at Still Creek (Sierra Club Books).
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