David Gorji, an American of Caucasus Georgian descent, describes his quest to seek his ancestral roots, where he discovers a gorgeous land called Georgia and its most hospitable inhabitants, the Georgians. Gorji's excitement at learning about his newly reclaimed homeland is evident in his fireside-like narration about this marvelous country, its rich history and culture, amazing heritage, and millennia-old winemaking and feasting traditions.
In his foreword, the author addresses the listener: "Join me in my incredible journey to the wonderful and mesmerizing land called Georgia, a country in the Caucasus known in ancient times as Iberia. It is famous for its millennia-old history and traditions and distinguished by its unbelievably rich landscapes and biodiversity. This country - less than one one hundredth the size of Western Europe - offers an amazing diversity of climate zones. Within hours by car, you can switch from enjoying subtropics to skiing or contemplating the eternal ice enveloping the Caucasus Mountains; or from soaking in the warm waters of the Black Sea (in the moderately humid Mediterranean-type of climate) to meditating on eternal questions in the deserts of Georgia's dry continental climatic zone.
Just think about it! The word wine in many languages of the world, including English, stems from the Georgian word ghvino. And it is no coincidence. After all, Georgia is regarded as the universal cradle of winemaking!"
Your best guide to my home country, Georgia in the Caucasus.
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"David Gorji has written a fascinating and quirky meditation on Georgia, in all its gorgeous complexity. He seduces the reader to follow him on an intensely personal quest for the meaning of Georgia as a country, a people and a language." (Jonathan Levi, Co-Founder/Granta Magazine)
"A panoramic, diverse, and playful rereading of some major Georgian national narratives and the cultural memory of this people. With gorgeous pictures and images." (Zurab Karumidze, author of Dagny, or a Love Feast)
"I love the Georgian Gorgeous or Gorgeous Georgians?! This book was so exciting to read not only rich with history and ancestry, but filled with subtle humor and wisdom. David Gorji is a genius!" (Pam Forsyth, General Manger/ Lilly Broadcasting)
This is a very personal search, and it has that colloquial feel to it. I enjoyed the history and the background on the Georgian people. I did not care for the narrator and there were some pronounciation issues.
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