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TROPICAL CLASSICAL : ESSAYS FROM SEVERAL DIRECTIONS
by IYER, PICO;X

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ˇ@ISBN 9780679776109
ˇ@Subject TRAVEL
ˇ@Publisher VINTAGE BOOKS
ˇ@Publication 1998
ˇ@Edition Paperback
ˇ@Version Original
ˇ@Description The acclaimed author of Video Night in Kathmandu and The Lady and the Monk continues his one-man reinvention of the essay in this eloquent new book, which soars from the remotest places on the planet to the frontiers of contemporary literature, culture, and manners. In Tropical Classical, Pico Iyer visits a holy city in Ethiopia, where hooded worshipers practice a Christianity that has remained unchanged since the Midle Ages. He follows the bewilderingly complex route of Bombayˇ¦s dabbawallahs, who each day ferry 100,000 different lunches to 100,000 different workers. Iyer chats with the Dalai Lama and assesses books by Salman Rushdie and Cormac McCarthy. And he brings his perceptive eye and unflappable wit to bear on the postmodern vogues for literary puffery, sexual gamesmanship, and frequent-flier miles. Glittering with aphorisms, overflowing with insight, and often laugh-out-loud funny, this is Pico Iyer at his globe-sprinting best. and students of Chinese cer
 
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