In the Land of No Right Angles by Daphne Beal
In the Land of No Right Angles
by Daphne Beal
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Daphne Beal’s first book might be considered an exemplar of what Edmund White recently characterized as the “Peace Corps novel,” in which a “young, privileged American” travels to another country and is transformed by the experience. “I wanted to come home different from what I’d been—bolder, wiser, happier,” insists the narrator of In the Land of No Right Angles, recounting her peregrinations through Nepal and India. To Beal’s credit, she resists facile resolution; cultural dislocation may be transformative, but she also notes the gaps and incongruities.
The protagonist Beal dispatches abroad is the affable Alex Larson, a freckled twenty-year-old from Des Moines. Alex arrives in Kathmandu with her camera, hoping to take significant photographs—“I want to do something that’s not just old-school anthropology
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