Gilded Serpent presents...
A Young Woman's Multicultural
Adventures in Colombia, by Tamalyn
book review by Sierra/Sadira
I was fascinated
by Tamalyn Dallal's accounts of her adventures
in the country of Columbia. I was not expecting to find this
much fascinating information nor the skilled writing contained
in this book because some books written by dancers regarding
their own life exploits tend to be vehicles of self-service.
Told Me I Couldn't" is an intriguing look into a dancer's
true eye opening adventure stories of performing in a foreign
country with somewhat unscrupulous managers.
in the United States (especially very young and naive) have
been approached for various work contracts in other countries
with promises of a lot of money, great work, professional treatment,
and instant stardom.
you are a dancer who is thinking that professional dancing
is also a great way to travel around the world, to make
fabulous sums of money, and also become an international
star, you must read Tamalyn Dallal’s book first!
heard first-hand horror stories from dancers who have jumped
at the chance of living and dancing in Japan, Mexico, Turkey,
and Europe, where nothing that was promised ever came to fruition.
The bottom line is that some of these alluring promises can
even turn out to be an entrance into the so-called “white slave
Dallal's stubborn and feisty personality pulled her out of many
rough situations; take warning that these jobs are rarely what
have been promised.
liked the fact that Tamalyn did not saturate her book only
with stories regarding her dance exploits but included tales
of her entire life that she experienced while living in
is an incredible humanitarian and ambassador in this book in
regards to the plights of indigenous people, as well as the
illegal and genocidal tactics of the Colombian government. Through
her eyes, we learn to see in clear detail the areas of Columbia
to which tourists usually do not venture. At times it seems
mind-boggling that she even got out of Columbia alive, considering
her tales of drug cartel war-lords who frequented the restaurants
at which she danced.
enjoy reading “They Told Me I Couldn’t”. No dance experience
is a excellent writer, bringing the reader into the mesmerizing
world and experiences as if you are right there; with a touch
of humour and dry wit.
the fact that Ms. Dallal writes this book also to help increase
the knowledge and help the plight of so many of the disenfranchised
people of this huge country. Especially on behalf of the "gamines".
These are young children who because of poverty are forced to
find a way to survive living on the streets. She befriends a
young man by the name of Oscar, who guards his cardboard enclosure
behind a hot dog stand from other older street gangs with a
broken bottle held closely to his body at all times. This is
but one example of the multidimensional facet of this book.
It brings into focus not only her personal escapades (which,
trust me, are quite outrageous), but inserts her own experiences
that emphasize Columbia's political scene, history, socio-economic
problems, and even one or two traditional Indios recipes.
we had the farsightedness to use dance as a form of diplomacy
and ambassadorship towards human rights and dignity throughout
the world.....this would be the cornerstone to seeing how
it can transcend mere entertainment.
enjoy this book on many levels. For those with a humanitarian
bent, she also includes in appendixes at the back of the book,
organizations and books you can read regarding the situations
facing the disenfranchised in Columbia.
has a whole line of other novels, based on more travels through
exotic countries such as Brazil, Cuba, Morocco. I can't wait
to read her other books as well. There is never a dull moment
in any part of her storytelling.
be especially fun for a quick summer read, and maybe stir the
old flames of wanting to visit other cultures, countries who
are rich in their heritage and beauty.
to Tamalyn Dallal on a great job!!!
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