Pink pigs in Paraguay - Shiva Naipaul Prize, 1997

Aug 14, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Spectator

John Gimlette , theA award-winning travel writer and author of four books, was the winner of the Spectator/ Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize in 1997.

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Zandor

Fernando De La Mora, Paraguay

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Aug 15, 2012
 

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I am a US citizen, have lived in Paraguay for the last four years, and I have read Gimlette's book several times.

The book is in no way one of his travels and experiences, but rather one of self aggrandizing fiction, denigration of Paraguayans that showed him hospitality, and outright falsehoods.

Gimlette is nothing other than a snotty little condescending British snob.

DRW

Since: Mar 07

Melbourne Australia

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Sep 20, 2012
 
Gimmlette's book is great.

From my experience, it is only Paraguayans who dont like it because it highlights some of the truths. For sure, there is some dramatizing, but from my experience much of it is spot on.

Nobody likes a foreigner saying derogatory things about their country, that's why Paraguayans dont like the book.

For me, it opened my eyes to a lot of things in Paraguay that I never saw on the surface.

DRW

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Melbourne Australia

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Sep 20, 2012
 
Zandor is nothing other than an ignorant US wannabe (with citizenship of not).

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