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Travels in the East

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Donald Richie’s newest collection of travel essays explores all the corners of Asia and slightly beyond as it sweeps through Egypt, India, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, Thailand, Yap, and Japan. Richie is an observer and wanderer, reveling in the freedom to not be himself but always aware of his role as an outsider. Similar to his other works, t ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Stone Bridge Press (first published 2007)
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This is one of the things I like about travel writing - when it is well-written (no matter how short or long), it makes you want to go there. Donald Richie has written a book of short vignettes about places that he has traveled to in Asia. Since Richie has lived in Japan for most of his adult life, it is clear that some of the essays, particularly about Japan, include events and experiences that occurred long ago, but he brings them in to use them to compare to current day. His word pictures are ...more
Michael Anderson
Richie writes short essays about a number of Asian countries he has visited, focusing on one or two engaging aspects that he describes in a way that makes you want to either visit or stay away. Based on this, I think I want to go to Bhutan and Yap and avoid Viet Nam and Burma. No, just teasing, I'll go to all of them. Well written throughout and read in one sitting.
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Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema. Although he considers himself only a writer, Richie has directed many experimental films, the first when he was 17. Although Richie speaks Japanese fluently, he can neither read nor write it.

During World War II, he served aboard Liberty ships as a purser and medical officer. By then he had alrea
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