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.
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His decision makes a life changing turn for the better.
It was absolutely wonderful writing and was so very Asian that I found I had a renewed interest in traveling to many of these places.
While not a dreamy, thoroughly enjoyable read, this book is very informative and should be read by anything traveling to Asia.
The concept of the book sounded interesting and possibly entertaining. The book however was written like an article in Smithsonian that didn't know it should have only been an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Deana Hersey
A good read. Whilst most of the cynicism is justified, it does get a little bit repetitious. The raw material is there and a good travel writer is entitled to very subjective... Read morePublished 3 months ago by KT
What would you do if you were a journalist and told that you shouldn't travel by plane for an entire year? Read morePublished 4 months 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 8 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 11 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 15 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 15 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 17 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 18 months ago by Amazon Customer