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A Fortune-Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani
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Jun 13, 2011

bookshelves: travel
Read in January, 2007

A really fantastic book about a journey through Asia sans the use of an airplane. The reader really gets to see the world through Terzani's eyes. I enjoyed the montage of experiences, the poverty, the joy, the strength of belief, the greed that Terzani portrays.

Though many have attempted dispute of the so called "Asian Economic Miracle" Terzani may be one of the first to present a cogent human side to why things are perhaps not so perfect. He shows the loss in vivid color that has nothing to do with the numbers so coldly presented in other pieces. He shows the social cost, the breaking of human networks, the resultant up-cropping of civic and health problems that arise from globalization and shows a more balanced view of what this really means.

As a non-fiction story, it reads like fiction sans any problems in believability. It's the kind of book that makes you want to plan a similar journey.

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