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Name: Give Me My Chocolate or the Turtle Dies
Address: , Hanoi

Directions: Available at Bookworm, Randy's Book Exchange (Hoi An) and MMBistro (HCMC)

Phone: unknown

Description: A collection of articles and stories from Dara Passano, former Hanoi expat and New Hanoian.
Rating: 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 5 reviews.

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Nancy's Housing

4 reviews

Đống Đa, Hanoi

0983311808

My experience with Nancy has been great. After reading many a horror story about landlords(in general, not just vietnam) I wasn't expecting much in terms of honesty but Nancy came through on just about everything including getting my deposit back at the end of my stay. Anytime I had a problem she...

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vikki
vikki on Give Me My Chocolate or the Turtle Dies
July 7th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

After reading many good reviews about this book, i decided to give it a try and i wasn't disappointed ( although i wished the book was a little bigger and went into more detail as the subject is interesting, funny and really rings of the truth)

 
Finnmaccool (elite user)
Finnmaccool on Give Me My Chocolate or the Turtle Dies
June 17th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Well this is not unbiased as I know the author too!!!! Does that mean I cannot dispassionately review her book? Of course not!
In any case, this book is VERY funny and the fact that she can take our every day observations of living in Hanoi and make us laugh is a grand success.
The only negative aspect of the book is that it is just too short. We are all waiting for the sequel so can you please hurry up and write it. We did not have to wait so long for JK Rowling for goodness sake!
Well worth the time spent reading it. Thoroughly recommend.

 
Khumbu (elite user)
Khumbu on Give Me My Chocolate or the Turtle Dies
June 9th, 2011 at 10:24 am

Much like Elliewelliesj, I also know this author - not surprising, as I think half the expat population of Hanoi does too!

I loved the book. Fantastic humour, pithy observations. I read it after I'd left Hanoi, and it had me grinning at the memories.

Worth the investment.

 
zimdingo (elite user)
zimdingo on Give Me My Chocolate or the Turtle Dies
June 9th, 2011 at 1:44 am


LOVED: This book! Very well written, had me laughing and nodding my head in agreement for most of the book. Super accurate descriptions of daily life in Vietnam. Entertaining. Author has a beautiful way with words and capturing the essence of the place we call "home".

HATED: That it ended so quickly. Wish there were more chapters. Would have loved to have kept reading and laughing.

 
Elliewelliesj (elite user)
Elliewelliesj on Give Me My Chocolate or the Turtle Dies
June 8th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Ok so I should disclose that I know the author...

But highly recommend this book for a quick, light and very funny read about life in Vietnam. It is very tongue and cheek, sending up expats just as much as the funny encounters to be had whilst living in the country.
A great amusing memento of life in Hanoi.
And only 100,000vnd!

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