Oana Kovacs

“The Mango Orchard” by Robin Bayley

This is the translation of the previous article./ Aceasta este traducerea articolului precedent.

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“The Mango Orchard” is one of those books which leave you astonished. I received it as a present from my friends – All – the publisher of the book in Romania and I was curious to see what’s it about because I usually don’t read this kind of books (true stories). Yet, the photograph on the cover seemed really interesting, the title too and the description was very inciting, so I told myself I should give it a try.

It was a very good decision. I wasn’t extremely impressed by the first pages, but the following surprised me (and everyone had the chance to see it as I was in the tram and I expressed my astonishment out loud :D). I couldn’t believe what I was reading and I simply couldn’t stop. When my boyfriend came home I was like: Youhavenoideawhatthisdudehasbeenthroughandwhathefoundout!!! He told me to breathe and I started explaining him the adventures of Robin as he was searching a mango orchard without having too many clues about it.

In the end, he found more than he looked for! I can’t tell you what, but I can tell you I searched Robin online and I found him. He answered a few questions for my article. The rest is history!

Before we go on, I have to say that I loved the book and I was truly impressed by your adventures. As a Brand Ambassador for All, I am really grateful that I had the chance to read the book and to share a few insights to my readers.

 THANK YOU!! I’M DELIGHTED YOU LIKED THE BOOK

I only have three questions for you, so thank you in advance for your time.

 Q1: Are you writing another book? (I have to say that suspense is killing me after reading the last sentences of “The Mango Orchard”.) 

THERE ARE TWO STORIES WHICH I AM PURSUING, BOTH, IN A WAY, CONNECTED TO THE STORY OF LIVADA DE MANGO. I’M SPENDING MOST OF MY TIME AT THE MOMENT THOUGH, WORKING ON FILM SCRIPTS. SOME OF WHICH WILL BE SHOT ON LOCATION IN ROMANIA 

 Q2: Any plans for a movie based on the book?

I HAVE HAD SEVERAL HOLLYWOOD PEOPLE EXPRESS INTEREST AND I’M HOPING SOMETHING WILL BE CONFIRMED SOON.

 Q3: Are you still in touch with the people you encountered in your trip (those that helped you, of course)?

YES, I AM IN TOUCH WITH A GOOD NUMBER OF THE PEOPLE IN THE BOOK. FACEBOOK AND TWITTER MAKES IT MUCH EASIER THAN IT WAS WHEN I FIRST WENT TO LATIN AMERICA IN THE 1990s. WHEN I WAS WRITING THE BOOK I REVISTED ALL THE PLACES INCLUDED IN THE BOOK AND FOUND EVERYONE WHOM I MET ON THE ORIGINAL JOURNEY. NO ONE SEEMED TO WORRY WHAT I SAID ABOUT THEM IN THE BOOK… THEY JUST WANTED TO HAVE A PART IN THE MOVIE!

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Oana • July 17, 2012


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