Video Night in Kathmandu

And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far-East

By Pico Iyer
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679722168, 382pp.

Publication Date: June 19, 1989

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Description

Mohawk hair-cuts in Bali, yuppies in Hong Kong and Rambo rip-offs in the movie houses of Bombay are just a few of the jarring images that Iyer brings back from the Far East.




About the Author
Pico Iyer is the author of several books of travel and fiction, including "Video Night in Kathmandu."



Praise For Video Night in Kathmandu

"Quick-witted and perceptive...something more than a deft and entertaining traveler's tale." -- The New Yorker

"The book is filled with Iyer's enthusiasms and opinions, both engaging and provocative, and is...a sensual feast of rich impressions." -- Los Angeles Times

"A fresh approach, embellished by the author's humorous and perceptive style." -- San Francisco Chronicle

Mohawk haircuts in Bali. Yuppies in Hong Kong. In Bombay, not one but five Rambo rip-offs, complete with music and dancing. And in the new People's Republic of China, a restaurant that serves dishes called "Yes, Sir, Cheese My Baby," "A Legitimate Beef," and "Ike and Tuna Turner." These are some of the images -- comical, poignant, and unsettling -- that Pico Iyer brings back from the Far East in this brilliant book of travel reportage. A writer for Time, Iyer approaches his subject with a camera-sharp eye, a style that suggests a cross between Paul Theroux and Hunter Thompson, and a willingness to go beyond the obvious conclusions about the hybrid cultures of East and West.

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