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Lost in Transmission

af Jonathan Harley

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"I grew up with lessons of Australian men as hardy, practical types, strong and stoic. They went off to war for years in jungles and deserts, and never had the need or time to talk about it when they came home. I haven't even fought a war; merely skirted its edges. But if Khurram is right and the soul can only travel at camel's speed, then mine has a lot of catching up to do.' When Jonathan Harley is finally offered his dream job as a foreign correspondent, he is suddenly no longer so sure he wants it. He's just fallen in love, hard. But he can't pass up the chance of becoming the ABC's man in South Asia - and the adventure of a lifetime. LOST IN TRANSMISSION is his funny, moving and thoroughly entertaining account of what it's really like not only to be a foreign correspondent but to be literally a stranger in an even stranger land, struggling to make sense of life in a region that never makes sense. As he finds - and often fumbles - his way around his new beat, from his base in New Delhi, across the wilds of India to Pakistan, Nepal to Afghanistan and beyond to Iraq, Harley shares the misadventures, both hilarious and terrifying. From covering India's endearingly over the top… (mere)
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The auto blurb that comes up with this book is incorrect. This is about Jonathan Harley of the ABC news, on location in Indian, Pakistan and Afganistan from around 1999 up till September 11 and the following war on Terror. ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Funny timing BC is... Just decided to take this off Mt. TBR and then I came across his wife's book, which I'm currently reading.

Anyway, I liked this a lot. I liked how it wasn't a blow by blow account of every moment of his three+ years in SE Asia, but he certainly saw a lot.

The cricket stuff made me laugh since I've certainly learned more about that since I've been here. The US may not have a Don Bradman, but I'd guess he could be equated to Mantle or Ruth...and I remember when MIckey Mantle died.

p. 142 - 'to the newcomer, this country is about as subtle as a sledgehammer' --- hate to break it to you, but that goes for Australia as well. Especially Sydney. Sensory overload after Fiji.

Also liked his perspective on being in Kabul on 9/11, and how the return to Sydney hit him. I've definitely said that culture shock is worse when you go home then when you leave--so much has changed--or maybe I'm the one that changed?

Wonderful read that I'd ray if I had the $$ but it will be wild released instead. Happy travels little book! ( )
  skinglist | Jan 4, 2009 |
If you're Australian and you've been to India you've no doubt read ex-Triple J presenter Sarah MacDonald's witty tome, Holy Cow.

Lost in Transmission is her (now) husband's book about that same time period. It's a well-written travel/journalism memoir that paints a vivid picture of India and the Middle East during September 11 and beyond. ( )
  MissJen | Jan 8, 2007 |
An account of journalist Jonathan Harley's time as the South Asia correspondent for the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
It details his time spent in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Iraq - including being in Afghanistan on September 11.
His wife, Sarah Macdonald, wrote "Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure" of her time living in India while Harley was on the road. ( )
  mair | Jun 20, 2006 |
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"I grew up with lessons of Australian men as hardy, practical types, strong and stoic. They went off to war for years in jungles and deserts, and never had the need or time to talk about it when they came home. I haven't even fought a war; merely skirted its edges. But if Khurram is right and the soul can only travel at camel's speed, then mine has a lot of catching up to do.' When Jonathan Harley is finally offered his dream job as a foreign correspondent, he is suddenly no longer so sure he wants it. He's just fallen in love, hard. But he can't pass up the chance of becoming the ABC's man in South Asia - and the adventure of a lifetime. LOST IN TRANSMISSION is his funny, moving and thoroughly entertaining account of what it's really like not only to be a foreign correspondent but to be literally a stranger in an even stranger land, struggling to make sense of life in a region that never makes sense. As he finds - and often fumbles - his way around his new beat, from his base in New Delhi, across the wilds of India to Pakistan, Nepal to Afghanistan and beyond to Iraq, Harley shares the misadventures, both hilarious and terrifying. From covering India's endearingly over the top

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