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ALAN BOOTH'S CLASSIC OF MODERN TRAVEL WRITING

Traveling only along small back roads, Alan Booth traversed Japan's entire length on foot, from Soya at the country's northernmost tip, to Cape Sata in the extreme south, across three islands and some 2,000 miles of rural Japan. The Roads to Sata is his wry, witty, inimitable account of that prodigious trek.

Although he was a city person-he was brought up in London and spent most of his adult life in Tokyo - Booth had an extraordinary ability to capture the feel of rural Japan in his writing. Throughout his long and arduous trek, he encountered a variety of people who inhabit the Japanese countryside-from fishermen and soldiers, to bar hostesses and school teachers, to hermits, drunks, and tramps. His wonderful and often hilarious descriptions of these encounters are the highlights of these pages, painting a multifaceted picture of Japan from the perspective of an outsider, but with the knowledge of an insider.

The Roads to Sata is travel writing at its best, illuminating and disarming, poignant yet hilarious, critical but respectful. Traveling across Japan with Alan Booth, readers will enjoy the wit and insight of a uniquely perceptive guide, and more importantly, they will discover a new face of an often misunderstood nation.

About the Author

ALAN BOOTH was born in London in 1946 and traveled to Japan in 1970 to study Noh theater. He stayed, working as a writer and film critic, until his untimely death from stomach cancer in 1993. His highly praised Looking for the Lost is also available from Kodansha Globe.

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Charles, November 29, 2006 (view all comments by Charles)
For anyone who has lived in Japan and traveled in the rural areas, this book will bring many smiles to your face, and may cause you to have pleasant flashbacks. It's a very enjoyable read and even better the second and third times. Just sit back, relax and reminisce.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781568361871
Author:
Booth, Alan
Publisher:
Kodansha
Author:
null, Alan
Location:
New York
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Memoirs
Subject:
Travel/Sports
Subject:
Recreation | Travel | Essays
Subject:
Travel, Sports, and Recreation | Travel | Essays and Memoirs
Subject:
Travel, Sports, & Recreation | Travel | Essays & Memoirs
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1486914
Series:
Origami Classroom
Series Volume:
0-1456
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 line illus.
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
5.6 x 8.3 x 1 in 0.788 lb

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