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Traveler's Joy
by Juliette de Bairacli-Levy


Book Review by Christina Francine

Traveler's Joy
Juliette de Bairacli Levy
Ash Tree Publishing 1994
ISBN# 0-87983-651-2
Softcover $11.95

Ahhh, the life of a wanderer. Is it as romantic as it sounds or a way filled with misery and hardship? Maybe it depends on what you know and who taught you, if anyone.

Levy trusted her instincts and chose to absorb the customs of the wise nomads, the masters from around the world.

Traveler's Joy is a first-person account of facts, observations, poems, memories, guides, and tips, based upon these experiences. Levy explains how to stay healthy and strong, provides various recipes for wounds, fevers, poisonings and stings, and shares her happy, free approach to life.

From the time she was old enough to leave home, Levy wanted to follow the nomad way. Her travels first began in the late nineteen thirties. She left a northern England university where she studied veterinary medicine. After being disappointed by modern medicines ability to save animals she began to think about the healing powers of herbs. Thus, her research began. Eventually, Levy decided to become a modern "Scholar Gypsy."

Contents of the book include:
* Foreword by Helen Scott Nearing
•About travel
•About water
•About fire and weather
•About dwellings
•About medicine
•About food
•About travelers

Also, sprinkled throughout the book, are lovely poems by various people and peaceful sketchings.

Excerpt from Traveler's Joy:

P. 61 Weather signs
" Aromatic plants scent the air and are unusually strong before wet weather; they are opening out to receive the coming rains.
* House flys swarming indoors in large numbers are a sign rain is due.
* Goats and sheep bleating unduly foretell bad weather, often severe storms.
* Cows lie down for long sessions before storms. They are said to be keeping their udders warm.
* The woodpecker cries with unusual loudness before rain, and owls hoot loud and frequently before a night storm.What are others saying?

Helen Scott Nearing has written this:
"This book is a joy to travel through. She stays healthy and strong in all situations, but gives recipes in detail for combating all types of ailments."

Along with all the positive points, this book just might change the way gypsies are believed to be. These people revealed to Levy unique wisdom, knowledge, hardiness and beauty.

Traveler's Joy does what it claims, which is to celebrate the delights of the wanderer's life, provide information on how to live simply, enjoy the beauty of it, and supply Levy's observations made along the way. It instructs while persuading one to realize the natural abundance around them.

This is the third book I've read by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. All are thoughtful, enlightening and well organized. I like the way they make me feel, and the simple, teachings. This incredible woman led the life of a traveler and lived off what nature provided while maintaining her health. She recorded tips and customs from gypsies throughout the world.

I recommend this book for anyone interested in natural living, traveling, and healing; those curious about gypsies from all over the world; or those fascinated by interesting people who've led interesting lives. Traveler's Joy contains all these elements.

Even if you don't plan to lead the life of a gypsy or nomad, you'll learn many secrets of survival and healthy living. After all, life is a trip and surviving it isn't the only goal. You want to enjoy it along the way too.

Traveler's Joy - Juliette de Bairacli Levy Traveler's Joy
Author: Juliette de Bairacli Levy.
Explore the free wandering life of this enchant-ing guide by a legendary teacher who lives in tune with the rhythms of nature.
Lots of herbal lore. 256 pages, index, illustrations.
ISBN: 0879836512
Retails for $11.95

"This magical book has made me want to shelve my responsibilities and hit the road! The author's enthusiasm and ability to embrace hardship and bounty alike are truly inspirational. I am encouraged to lighten my material load to provide space for the gifts that the simple life provides. Recipes, travel lore, herbal medicine, literary references, and personal observations make Traveler's Joy an enjoyable read." Peggy Goddard

A Gypsy in New York

Author: Juliette de Bairacli Levy.

In this richly detailed memoir, Juliette de Bairacli Levy one of the founders of American herbalism offers us a rare documentary. It is at once an herbal, a travel book and a compendium of Gypsy lore and Gypsy ways. 210 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $21.95

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Spanish Mountain Life

Author: Juliette de Bairacli Levy.

This jewel-like memoir by noted herbalist and traveler Juliette de Bairacli Levy details her personal struggle against typhus fever, during which she gave birth to her second child, Luz, who had to be suckled by a nanny goat. As ever we are embraced by Juliette's love of nature and animals, and welcomed onlookers as she relates with people whose lives are far different from ours. 114 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $16.95

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Summer in GALILEE

Author: Juliette de Bairacli Levy.

Join Juliette de Bairacli Levy Gypsy herbal veterinarian and mother of two toddlers as she spends an eventful summer swimming in the waters, and the history, of the Sea of Galilee, in the modern state of Israel. Juliette trains her observant eyes, and lovely descriptive prose, on the people, places, plants and animals around her. 240 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $24.95

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