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Tropical Classical: Essays from Several Directions Paperback – June 30, 1998
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As a respected and beloved journalist and travel writer, Pico Iyer has earned a reputation and a loyal following, and Tropical Classical is a good indication why. This "best of " collection of essays, book reviews, and articles is segmented into chapters entitled "Places," "People," "Books," "Themes," and "Squibs," covering topics as varied as Paddington Bear, the numeral 9, Tibet, and the accumulation of frequent-flyer miles. Iyer is particularly gifted in conveying incongruous and anachronistic events, cleverly sharing his fascination with the bizarre--and often hilarious--cultural hybrids born when worlds collide. By capturing the essence of such oddities, he gently pulls the reader closer to obscure locales, and in the process alters the way we look at familiar surroundings. Similarly, his coverage of other writers brings an appreciation of the subject as much as the art of writing itself. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Iyer (Falling off the Map, LJ 5/1/93) again casts a wide net as he brings together a series of lyrical essays on travels to faraway lands. The different directions alluded to in his subtitle include isolated and forlorn Ethiopia; Lhasa, China; and Tibet and its omnipresent Potala Palace with its 10,000 chapels. He encounters people such as Norman Lewis and the 14th Dalai Lama, called a "down-to-earth kind of guy." Iyer writes about books such as Paul Theroux's The Happy Isles of Oceania and Ann Beattie's The Burning House and a number of titles by non-Western authors. Some of the themes in which Iyer delves are the growth of American pop culture worldwide and subtleties of language and numbers. Iyer's unusual choices and beautiful writing earn his work a special niche among first-person travel memoirs. Recommended for large public and academic libraries or where Iyer's works are popular.?David Schau, Kanawha Cty. P.L., Charleston, W. Va.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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