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Video Night in Kathmandu and Other Reports from the Not-So-Fa... by Pico Iyer
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Nov 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: far-east, used-books, travels, nonfiction
Read in November, 2011 — I own a copy

This was a fun book, very fast reading, even though quite dated (the 80s), about how East meets West through popculture. There was a part about Japan too, and judging by it I'd say the author has a good insight into the cultures he's writing about, for someone who doesn't speak the languages of the countries he's visited. Sure, he is a little bit too awed by the (putative) mysteriousness and perfectionism of Japan, so probably his highly poetic descriptions of other places - like Burma or Tibet - should be taken with a pinch of salt, but these are his stories, and they are well-written and emotionally engaging too.

I liked the parts about Burma, Tibet, and the Philippines the best. Oh, and now I'm sorry I didn't get "The Lady and the Monk" for 500 yen when I could, but oh well such is life, maybe next time.
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