Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East

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Mohawk haircuts in Bali. Yuppies in Hong Kong. In Bombay, not one but five Rambo rip-offs, complete with music and dancing. And in the People's Republic of China, a restaurant that serves dishes called "A Legitimate Beef" and "Ike and Tuna Turner." These are some of the images -- comic, poignant, unsettling -- that Iyer brings back from the Far East.

The Time writer approaches his subject with a camera-sharp eye and a willingness to go beyond the obvious conclusions about the ...

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Overview

Mohawk haircuts in Bali. Yuppies in Hong Kong. In Bombay, not one but five Rambo rip-offs, complete with music and dancing. And in the People's Republic of China, a restaurant that serves dishes called "A Legitimate Beef" and "Ike and Tuna Turner." These are some of the images -- comic, poignant, unsettling -- that Iyer brings back from the Far East.

The Time writer approaches his subject with a camera-sharp eye and a willingness to go beyond the obvious conclusions about the hybrid cultures of the East and West.

"Quick-witted and perceptive -- something more than a deft and entertaining traveler's tale." The New Yorker

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"Quick-witted and perceptive...something more than a deft and entertaining traveler's tale." — The New Yorker

"The book is filled with Iyer's enthusiasms and opinions, both engaging and provocative, and is...a sensual feast of rich impressions." — Los Angeles Times

"A fresh approach, embellished by the author's humorous and perceptive style." — San Francisco Chronicle

Mohawk haircuts in Bali. Yuppies in Hong Kong. In Bombay, not one but five Rambo rip-offs, complete with music and dancing. And in the new People's Republic of China, a restaurant that serves dishes called "Yes, Sir, Cheese My Baby," "A Legitimate Beef," and "Ike and Tuna Turner." These are some of the images — comical, poignant, and unsettling — that Pico Iyer brings back from the Far East in this brilliant book of travel reportage. A writer for Time, Iyer approaches his subject with a camera-sharp eye, a style that suggests a cross between Paul Theroux and Hunter Thompson, and a willingness to go beyond the obvious conclusions about the hybrid cultures of East and West.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780394550275
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/12/1988
  • Series: Departures Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 384

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