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I've known Dave for some time and have been encouraging him to write a book on his life experiences as well as his extensive knowledge in sports, sports nutrition, supplements, bodybuilding, etc. - I know he has multiple books in him. His 2 years on Guam were not simple and probably felt like 20 years. "Gallivanting on Guam" is a amazing read and really is infused with Dave's personality - he's personable, funny, charming, outgoing, and engaging. He makes you feel welcome. Knowing some of the things he went through while he lived on Guam the book could have had a much darker, angrier tone to it. For example, the affects of the 2 almost back-to-back typhoons he mentions in the book were, in reality, much worse as was their aftermath. But, Dave being Dave, he created lemonade out of lemons and place his personality into it. The book is funny, engaging, and as I was reading it on my Kindle and I got to the latest page I had one of those "oh crap" moments because I didn't wish the book to end. It also shows a sensitive side of Dave that most people don't obtain to see. I'm already on his case to come out with his next book!
I was really excited to read this book on my kindle because I just got back from living on Guam for nine months. Mostly, I was hoping to obtain a taste of Guam again & be reminded of all its small quirks. Well, Slagle's writing style quite fits my palate. BUT (and this is a HUGE "but") it's chalk-full of profanity, references, and other things that I just don't wish to read. After reading the first few chapters, and all of the references to strip clubs, and "poking squid," I was ready to give up. I decided to read the latest chapter to see if the book would change gears & veer into a various direction, but guess what... The ending was all about girl mates & drama. Same old, same old. I think I would have really enjoyed this book, if only there weren't so a lot of repitions of the F-word & references to clubbing & buy-me-drinky clubs. But, oh well, that's the method he lived his life on Guam, and I imagine that it's quite possibly an accurate record of his time there. Other than that, I did really feel at home, reading of all the local talk and foods, not to mention the corruption of GovGuam (!).
Recipes are mostly common recipes found in just about any cookbook. I expected recipes for Chamorro favorites. This was a waste of for recipes that I can obtain anywhere. But, I believe that the title is accurate in that there were several references to dishes of Guam. Disappointing!!!
Thank you, Dave Slagle, for having the courage and patience to write your acc of your life on Guam. As a former Guam resident who has always felt befuddled by how things are done there, I could certainly relate to your struggles. At the same time, I admire your ability to stay real to yourself, which shows through your book. This book is well worth reading because it is a story about one man's lone adventure in a put (culturally, morally) unlike any he had ever known, set versus the backdrop of such a uniquely upside-down place, Guam. I want more books like yours existed to share the amazing sense of humor of the people of Guam and the crippling frustration of living there.
An perfect read. Witty and humorous. You'd have to add insightful too as there's loads of cultural info and historical perspective given throughout. And the help characters are brilliant in portrayal. Especially Tuna and Randy. Both voices sound clearly in my head throughout the story.And btw, I DID in fact know where Guam was located before I started reading the book. It is a U.S. location after all.
LVE IT!!! If you have ever been to Guam, USA - where America's day begins; you know about fiestas and village gatherings where everyone brings a dish along with an begin spit cooked pig. Chicken keloquin, red rice, and so a lot of delicious dishes; this is an example of what you can expect to be the norm on Guam dinner tables if you have never been to Guam. If you have been to Guam like myself; this brought back so a lot of memories. Perfect book and I do recommend it. I just wished it was more supplied with the different other recipes that are not listed.
This book along with it's companion "Remember Guam" makes it possible for anyone who is missing the meal on Guam to create authentic Chamorro dishes. I grew up on Guam but have been away for a lot of years and living in an zone that has almost no Chamorro people so I haven't had any of the dishes that I so enjoyed living on Guam. Just a few days after getting this book, I had created a small "mini fiesta" at my home and LOVED the results. It also brings me amazing joy to be able to share these dishes with mates and family who have never had them and see how much they like the food. If you ever lived on Guam, or have visited and want you knew how to fix all of that unbelievable food, this book and it's companion and you will be the resident expert! Amazing job Paula!
I read this two weeks after moving to Guam. I would have never believed half the things in this book if I weren't already living them. 12 years later all the locations he writes about are still here, and all the locals still act the same. This book will give you an accurate view of the customs, speech, nepotism and activities you will experience on Guam.
Excellent! This was a smooth read with sharply defined characters. For those who wish to feed their brain a small bit of travel, a small bit of thinking and a whole lot of laughs I'd recommend this book. Now I'm interested in the author's next or previous gallivants. And, no I didn't know where Guam was but now I'd like to visit.
Received this Guam cook book today. Very neat to see some of the native recipes in here. It is a small smaller than I anticipated and I thought maybe the cook book would have incorporated stories inside of the natives and culture but it did not. I am originally from Guam, born there because my dad was in the navy. We now live in the United States so this book is a bonus for my father for Christmas to remember his time there and the meal he ate.we are foodies. Hehe It's nice to have this as a remembrance to where I came from. Excited to test some recipes out! :)
My husband is from Guam, and i really wanted to be able to cook him some dishes from his childhood. He has taught me how to cook a few dishes, but there are some in the book I can't wait to try. I want there were pictures though, so that I could compare my finish product to it. That method I can know I was some what on the right track. Lol
Gallivanting on Guam is a fresh American Classic about an American island. It is a cleverly constructed page-turner. Dave Slagle is the fresh master of intelligent mimicry, fluent dialogue and vivid descriptions. He a raw and sometimes harsh portrayal of purposelessly corrupt lives. Slagle's dynamic writing style and his narrator's view, seeing straight through the bulls*** of island politics create this a must read for anyone who was ever on Guam. There are a few editorial flaws in this book but they do not take anything away from the story.
What is absolutely amusing about these reviews is that anyone who has lived on Guam hates this book, and those who have never been there believe it is all true. A lot of years on Guam, and I can say this is a very, very sad book. His life on Guam is representative of real outsiders - really bar flies. Politicians are definitely not perfect, but not like this. I read the whole thing because i could not believe how much nonsense he created up. Visit Guam. Oh, and no one I knew on Guam curses this much.
I sort of remember this guy at the fitness center. Most of what he issaying in this novel is his fantasy. First, the governor does not providepolice cars for personal citizens. His attempt to make a sort ofpidgin language is laughable. They don't speak like that at all. Themore I read the more I started to hate this guy. He didn't create anyattempt to understand the people on Guam. Instead of getting out andseeing the beauty of this Pacific paradise he spent his time either inthe bars or with these disfuctional people. Guam is a unbelievable multicultural put with a lot of ethnicities beside the native Micronesians,who are called Chamorros, there are the Japanese, Chinese, Korean,Filipino and other Pacific Islanders. Those of us who are from Hawaiirefer to this put as a far outer island. It is a lot of things thatHawaii is not but Dave missed it. Where Hawaii is expensive and busyGuam is laid back. I think most of what he is writing isjust his idea to sensationalise this book and more copies. Finallyyou can intimate from his writing style the man has no l in all the book was a bore and not worth the price.
I have used this book as a reference in my classroom. Most of our materials have a US mainland perspective, so students like to see a book all about their small part of the world. The atlas is readable for my middle schoolers. They have fun the pictures. I originally bought the atlas because there is a section on how Guam came to be created that was easily understandable. I want that there was info about the rest of Micronesia, but I suppose that can be left for another edition. This is a amazing choice for anyone building a classroom library and a amazing reference book for anyone interested in Guam.
This book claims to not be the ultimate authority of the history of Guam but more of a directional guideline to the primary history of Guam yet it was incredibly insightful. Although some parts of the book are a bit outdated, this is easily forgivable considering it was written 50 years ago. This book used mainly ship logs and records of Spanish sailors and other explorers throughout history and other documents from other events. It provided a amazing summary of how life on Guam was from the 1700s to the rebuilding of Globe Battle II. The only aspect of life on Guam this book was missing was a more scientific and cultural history of the natives. Being Chamorro myself I found several necessary parts of our history and culture missing, mainly a viewpoint from the Chamorro perspective. Overall this book was a amazing introduction to the history of Guam and I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about Guam or the history of the Pacific Islands in general.
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