True Tales of a Traveller

Goodbye Sinai

Non-Fiction - Short Story/Novela
22 Pages
Reviewed on 05/20/2019
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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite

True Tales of a Traveller: Goodbye Sinai by Alix Lee takes us on a journey to early 1980s Israel, where he works at several kibbutzim or communal villages. He meets people who have also come from other countries to work at kibbutzim as well. Several reasons for doing this, as stated by the author, include work experience and a little romance. The main mode of travel for these adventurous manual laborers is hitchhiking, and they manage to travel to Sinai before it changes hands. There are lessons to be learned about intercultural communication and along the way we are given some historical background into how the political situation then came about. Will Alix find the experience and romance he is seeking while staying safe in a volatile situation?

True Tales of a Traveller: Goodbye Sinai by Alix Lee smacks of exotic adventure that many of us would like to experience but may fear because of its unfamiliar territory, or because we fear being too far away from the basic comforts and predictability of home. The author takes us on a foray into an Israel that no longer exists, due to political decisions, conflict, and changes in international borders. We are grateful for its historical significance but maybe a little sad at the upheaval and increased dangers of living and traveling freely through that part of the world. This is a very brief tale, but the author has published other tales of journeys to far-off places so that we can tag along on.

Jack Shih

Lee really takes the reader into the story with him.

Jenny Gao

What I like about this story and all of Alix Lee’s stories - and I’ve read all of them - is that he doesn’t pretend to be some big, fearless adventurer. He freely admits his mistakes and misunderstandings, as well as his fears and weaknesses. The young man in this story is a very ‘human’ adventurer, one that everybody can relate to.