A Beachcomber in the Orient (Annotated)

A Beachcomber in the Orient (Annotated)

by Harry L. Foster

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Overview

In the early 1920's American journalist Harry L. Foster embarked on a voyage to Asia with the intention of exploring it in a comfortable and leisurely manner. After being mugged in a Saigon opium den, however, the journey turned out to be anything but.

What followed was a rollicking adventure that essentially turned Foster into a "proto-backpacker". For him, seeing Asia meant riding freight trains, staying in hovels, and paying his way by working as a honky-tonk pianist in bars for colonial sailors, layabouts and chancers.

In the uproarious book that resulted, Foster's eye for detail and pithy style brings to life a world—often still recognisable to the modern traveller—that would soon be transformed by war, decolonisation and economic boom.

This annotated edition includes all the original illustrations, a new introduction, a map, and detailed notes. A limited number of changes have also been made to correct some eccentric punctuation, typos and odd spellings in the text of the first edition.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161370568
Publisher: Island Trader Media
Publication date: 05/29/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 12 MB
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