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Tropical Classical: Essays from Several Directions

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The acclaimed author of Video Night in Kathmandu and The Lady and the Monk continues his one-man re-invention of the essay in this eloquent new book, which soars from the remotest places on the planet to the frontiers of contemporary literature, culture, and manners.

The fortunate readers of Tropical Classical will follow Pico Iyer from the rock churches of the Ethiopian holy city of Lalibela to the Potala Palace in Tibet to the throbbing streets of Bombay. They'll find fresh new takes on authors from Salman Rushdie to Cormac McCarthy, along with unflappably wry deflations of the postmodern vogues for literary puffery, sexual gamesmanship, and frequent-flier miles. Glittering with aphorisms, overflowing with insight, and often laugh-out-loud funny, this is Pico Iyer at his globe-sprinting best.

Synopsis:

In Tropical Classical the author of "Video Nights in Katmandu and "The Lady and the Monk visits a holy city in Ethiopia, where hooded worshippers practice a Christianity that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. He follows the bewilderingly complex route of Bombay's "dabbawallahs, who each day ferry 100,000 different lunches to 100,000 different workers. <BR>Iyer chats with the Dalai Lama and assesses the books of Salman Rushdie and Cormac McCarthy. And he brings his perceptive eye and unflappable wit to bear on the postmodern vogues for literary puffery, sexual gamesmanship, and frequent-flier miles. Glittering with aphorisms, overflowing with insight, and often hilarious, Tropical Classical represents some of Iyer's finest work.

Synopsis:

In Tropical Classical the author of Video Nights in Katmandu and The Lady and the Monk visits a holy city in Ethiopia, where hooded worshippers practice a Christianity that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. He follows the bewilderingly complex route of Bombay's dabbawallahs, who each day ferry 100,000 different lunches to 100,000 different workers.

Iyer chats with the Dalai Lama and assesses the books of Salman Rushdie and Cormac McCarthy. And he brings his perceptive eye and unflappable wit to bear on the postmodern vogues for literary puffery, sexual gamesmanship, and frequent-flier miles. Glittering with aphorisms, overflowing with insight, and often hilarious, Tropical Classical represents some of Iyer's finest work.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679776109
Author:
Iyer, Pico
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures
Series Volume:
UNC-SG 98-02
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.98x5.22x.74 in. .51 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In Tropical Classical the author of "Video Nights in Katmandu and "The Lady and the Monk visits a holy city in Ethiopia, where hooded worshippers practice a Christianity that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. He follows the bewilderingly complex route of Bombay's "dabbawallahs, who each day ferry 100,000 different lunches to 100,000 different workers. <BR>Iyer chats with the Dalai Lama and assesses the books of Salman Rushdie and Cormac McCarthy. And he brings his perceptive eye and unflappable wit to bear on the postmodern vogues for literary puffery, sexual gamesmanship, and frequent-flier miles. Glittering with aphorisms, overflowing with insight, and often hilarious, Tropical Classical represents some of Iyer's finest work.
"Synopsis" by , In Tropical Classical the author of Video Nights in Katmandu and The Lady and the Monk visits a holy city in Ethiopia, where hooded worshippers practice a Christianity that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. He follows the bewilderingly complex route of Bombay's dabbawallahs, who each day ferry 100,000 different lunches to 100,000 different workers.

Iyer chats with the Dalai Lama and assesses the books of Salman Rushdie and Cormac McCarthy. And he brings his perceptive eye and unflappable wit to bear on the postmodern vogues for literary puffery, sexual gamesmanship, and frequent-flier miles. Glittering with aphorisms, overflowing with insight, and often hilarious, Tropical Classical represents some of Iyer's finest work.

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