Terzani's odyssey across Asia is full of revelations and reflections on the dramatic changes underway in Asia. Having spent two decades on the continent, he brings a deep love for the place to his journeys, but also the eyes of someone troubled by the changes he sees. Burma and Laos, finally open to outside contact, are now funnels for AIDS and drugs; Thailand has been traumatized by its rapid development; China is an anarchy fueled by money rather than ideology, where Mao has been transformed into the god of traffic. Surrounded by the loss of diversity wrought by modernism, Terzani asks if the "missionaries of materialism and economic progress" aren't destroying the continent in order to save it. Fortunately, there is a flip side to his occasionally dispiriting commentary, one that Terzani discovers in his hunt for fortunetellers. Through his side trips to seers who read the soles of his feet, the ashes of incense, and even the burned scapula of sheep, it becomes clear that the Orient of legends, myths, and magic still determines people's lives as much as the quest for money. By staying earthbound, Terzani lived to tell of an extraordinary journey through the ever-shifting kaleidoscope of Asia.--Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What would you do if you were a journalist and told that you shouldn't travel by plane for an entire year? Read morePublished 29 days ago by M. Reynard
Journalist Tiziano Terzani was told by a fortune teller in Hong Kong that he should avoid flying during the year 1993; any such flight, the seer warned, could have deadly... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lothe
Got this as a gift, my wife thoroughly enjoyed it. We recommend it highly, and will be looking for more from Terzani.Published 7 months ago by Brian
I really enjoyed this book and was hooked from early on. I had no expectations as it was given to me as a gift, and was very pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ela B.
with this book we can take a trip around asia and it's real people with all it's swuperstision. beautifil written, honest and a cativating storyPublished 11 months ago by maria joao canotilho
Best book I've read in years, if you enjoy non-fiction balancing travel, supernatural, and politics. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nancy Cotter
This is the second time I read this book. His is an excellent writer telling us much more than his journey chasing fortunetellers around the world. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Terzani wrote a great piece for those of us who are raised in the West but are attracted to the East. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Wohl
At times it felt strange to be reading this account of the author's travels, some 20 years after they happened. Read morePublished 18 months ago by kiwitifosi