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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.
We absolutely love this author, we also read his book in which he goes on a journey to find a possible ancient / holistic cure for cancer. Sadly he was not successful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by customer B
I tried to read the whole book in one night but that is not a good tribute to the writer! It is an amazing story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R L Feenstra
This book was suggested a few months back by one of my Facebook friends. It came with a recommendation, and as I value the comment of that erudite and sensitive individual, I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Partho
This is a very interesting book, written by Tiziano Terzani, a remarkable man - an Italian journalist working as a war correspondent for Reuter, who spent most of his life in S-E... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D.B.
I learned so much about Asia .Not so interested in the horoscopePublished 8 months ago by shirley knapp
Very interesting and moving. His knowledge of Asia is useful to understand the backdrop to today's world situation.Published 8 months ago by Robert Stanley
Undoubtedly one of the most colorful books I've read in his honesty, his brutal polemic against modernity and his deep appreciation for ancient Asian cultures. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephany zoo
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 14 months ago by Deana Hersey