Whether in Toronto--where in larger schools nearly 80 languages may be heard--London, or at the Olympics in Atlanta, Iyer witnesses the overlapping of hundreds of heterogeneous cultures, often pushed by corporate concerns toward commercial homogeneity and powered by technology that offers an office in the sky. The picture painted by Iyer--himself a confused and well-traveled multicultural citizen--is extreme, sci-fi, and futuristic even though set in the present: a global village turned spinning metropolis, with so many fragments set loose in its gyrations that it threatens to explode the minds of its residents. But even this shell-shocked world traveler finds peace, concluding that a simpler life may be a richer one and that home is simply where the frazzled mind decides it will be. In an era when new frontiers open monthly, when frequent flyer miles serve as currency, and constant change may be a lifestyle demand, Iyer's frantic words and dizzying images may prove as prophetic as Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. --Melissa Rossi --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Video Night in Katmandu, a book that deservedly earned the author an international reputation, was fresh and cutting edge. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Burton
Oh well, I was so excited to commence reading anything this guy produced..after Paul Theroux spoke so well of him.I bought this and Falling off the Map.. Read morePublished 13 months ago by stony
This is a great piece to read quickly for traveling, whether it's a plane, train, or bus ride. I recommend it!Published 14 months ago by Sun Ah Lee
Great book, excellent writing and interesting reading about the new world. Pico Iyer has great insight into the way the world worksPublished 20 months ago by adrian cox
Iyer's romantic vision of the "Global Soul" (i.e., Iyer and people like him) is insufficiently self-critical in respects to its essential economic location. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Tyler Wigg Stevenson
I liked Pico Iyer's debut collection of essays "Video Nights in Kathmandu" and his recent "The Open Road" on the Dalai Lama (the latter reviewed 10/08). Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by John L Murphy