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

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

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by Pico Iyer, Robin Desser (Editor)
 

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Mohawk hair-cuts in Bali, yuppies in Hong Kong and Rambo rip-offs in the movie houses of Bombay are just a few of the jarring images that Iyer brings back from the Far East.

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Mohawk hair-cuts in Bali, yuppies in Hong Kong and Rambo rip-offs in the movie houses of Bombay are just a few of the jarring images that Iyer brings back from the Far East.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679722168
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1989
Series:
Vintage Departures Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,323,715
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

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Hometown:
Japan
Place of Birth:
Oxford, England, UK

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Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SphinxFeathers More than 1 year ago
Pico Iyer is a wonderfully intelligent and wonderfully engaging writer, but he's a strange one. Sometimes I feel like I'm trying to break into something very personal when I read his books. I definitely have to be in the right mood to read them, but they're always worth the read.