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Sharing the Blessing by Kathy Galloway
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Up Country by Nelson DeMille
Up Country
by Nelson DeMille (Goodreads Author)
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Lent this by in-law prior to a month's travel in Indochina, and had low expectations ~ an old publication and wasn't sure it would be of interest to me. But I thought it was great and De Mille captured me with his narrative blends of old-spy-asked-to ...more
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Bamboo Palace by Christopher Kremmer
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I thought this was a marvellous read, especially as I did this just prior to leaving for my first-ever visit Laos, a country that has only begun to open up to tourism and 'the west' over the past two or so years. It's not the kind of book you can buy ...more
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Norman Lewis Omnibus by Norman Lewis
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This took a bit of perserverance at times but was worth the effort. Also, confess I had never heard of Norman Lewis, who I understand now is a bit of a travel writing whizz! It's Lewis's fascinating mix of journalism and travel log, with some fascina ...more
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A Dragon Apparent by Norman Lewis
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The Quiet American by Graham Greene
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Recommended by Goodreaders for those contemplating travel in Asia. Confess I had never read Greene before, so that made two good reasons for taking this on a long trip to Vietnam~Laos~Cambodia. Its a languid story with clever observations about human ...more
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Stay Alive, My Son by Pin Yathay
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Located this book in Siem Reap and purchased it rather reluctantly because my bag was already groaning with books and we were still two weeks away from home. However, I was pleased with my purchase as it offers a unique perspective on the deprivation ...more
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Brother Number One by David P. Chandler
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A well-researched chunky book for the non-fiction lover interested in the complex task of understanding 'what makes monsters tick'. Having said this, Chandler does not offer neat answers, and is brave and/or intellectually honest enough to say there ...more
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A Cambodian Prison Portrait.  One Year in the Khmer Rouge's S-21 by Vann Nath
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Picked this paperback up for US$4 at Siem Reap, Cambodia, and read prior to visiting Phnom Pehn's prison~museum S-21. Chilling but good reading for travellers wanting more insight into the horrors of the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime. Vann was one of only a ...more
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Catfish and Mandala by Andrew X. Pham
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Read Pham's book with new insight after a month's travel in Indochina. A marvellous diary cum travel log cum self-exorcism of old family ghosts. Fascinatinngly true, it's Pham's account of the inner and external processes he undertakes as he bikes as ...more
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