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The River's Tale: A Year on the Mekong

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Publisher Comments:

Gargan's travels down the Mekong River reveal a frame of modernity settling uneasily on regions still mired in backwardness and poverty. 34 photos. 11 maps.

Review:

"Gargan's passion for the subject makes him acutely sensitive to the rhythms and details of the communities he visits; it also makes his prose slightly purple. At times so many faces and facts are packed in that they blur as if Gargan were traveling by train instead of the various rickety contraptions he does take." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Gargan...writes poignantly of illiterate peasants, war-hardened natives, and his fellow travelers. He paints a candid picture of the varied Mekong cultures as they are today. An account to savor." Library Journal

Review:

"The River's Tale is an engrossing discovery of the lands and peoples along a river that has stirred the imagination of wanderers and adventurers for as long as I can remember." David Lamb, author of The Arabs

Review:

"This is a great journey Ed Gargan takes us on, weaving down the deep river through seven countries, encountering tea, elephants, monks, Kublai Khan, dolphins, ferries, and things inexplicably horrible, and beautiful, all along the way. The River's Tale is a lyrical, clear-sighted account of the ancient, roiling soul of the Mekong." David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered

Review:

?The River?s Tale guides us through a river of strange and untamed scents and sensibilities, taking us through the battles of peoples who for centuries have tied their lives to the relentlessly flowing lifeblood of the Mekong. Ed Gargan?s sharp and lyrical images have the power to both soothe and sting, to tickle and temper, to enrage and enrapture.? Sheryl WuDunn, coauthor, Thunder from the East

Review:

"Ed Gargan?s remarkable journey along the Mekong takes us well beyond the cliches of Asian exoticism and clashing civilizations. This sensitive account reveals the variety of Asian life, as well as a humanity common to us all." Ian Buruma, Author of Bad Elements

Review:

"For all his lyric descriptions of the great river and its moods, Mr. Gargan has written far more than a picturesque personal travel diary. He offers an insider's look infused with sympathy and often with anguish at the political and societal tragedies he meets on the way....Not many Americans would attempt the trek of this huge river, from sources to delta....Still fewer would possess the knowledge, the imagination, the wit and the deep-rooted sympathy with Asian peoples that characterize Mr. Gargan's writing. He tells a unique and thought-provoking story." Frank Gibney, New York Times

About the Author

Edward A. Gargan worked as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief for the New York Times in West Africa, China, India, and Hong Kong, was a magazine writer for the Los Angeles Times, and now covers Asia for Newsday. He was an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is the author of China?s Fate. He is based in Beijing and has a home on Martha?s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375705595
Author:
Gargan, Edward A.
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Gargan, Edward A.
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Rivers
Subject:
Asia - Southeast
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Rivers
Subject:
Travel -- China.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 MAPS 34 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.28x6.58x.72 in. .69 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Asia » General
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Product details 352 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375705595 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gargan's passion for the subject makes him acutely sensitive to the rhythms and details of the communities he visits; it also makes his prose slightly purple. At times so many faces and facts are packed in that they blur as if Gargan were traveling by train instead of the various rickety contraptions he does take."
"Review" by , "Gargan...writes poignantly of illiterate peasants, war-hardened natives, and his fellow travelers. He paints a candid picture of the varied Mekong cultures as they are today. An account to savor."
"Review" by , "The River's Tale is an engrossing discovery of the lands and peoples along a river that has stirred the imagination of wanderers and adventurers for as long as I can remember."
"Review" by , "This is a great journey Ed Gargan takes us on, weaving down the deep river through seven countries, encountering tea, elephants, monks, Kublai Khan, dolphins, ferries, and things inexplicably horrible, and beautiful, all along the way. The River's Tale is a lyrical, clear-sighted account of the ancient, roiling soul of the Mekong."
"Review" by , ?The River?s Tale guides us through a river of strange and untamed scents and sensibilities, taking us through the battles of peoples who for centuries have tied their lives to the relentlessly flowing lifeblood of the Mekong. Ed Gargan?s sharp and lyrical images have the power to both soothe and sting, to tickle and temper, to enrage and enrapture.?
"Review" by , "Ed Gargan?s remarkable journey along the Mekong takes us well beyond the cliches of Asian exoticism and clashing civilizations. This sensitive account reveals the variety of Asian life, as well as a humanity common to us all."
"Review" by , "For all his lyric descriptions of the great river and its moods, Mr. Gargan has written far more than a picturesque personal travel diary. He offers an insider's look infused with sympathy and often with anguish at the political and societal tragedies he meets on the way....Not many Americans would attempt the trek of this huge river, from sources to delta....Still fewer would possess the knowledge, the imagination, the wit and the deep-rooted sympathy with Asian peoples that characterize Mr. Gargan's writing. He tells a unique and thought-provoking story."
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