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Tropical Classical
Tropical Classical

Tropical Classical

by Pico Iyer

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0140271198 - Year: 1997 - Pages: 314

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Paperback

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Author: Pico Iyer
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 314
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140271198

Description

A collection of articles and essays from, one of the world's finest travel-writers.

Pico Iyer has an absolutely distinctive way of looking at the world and its contents. This volume is a stunning collection of his best articles and essays selected from ten years of journalism.

Tropical Classical ranges widely indeed. Here are travel pieces reporting from places like Lalibela in Ethiopia (a living, singing replica of paradise), The Potala Palace in Lhasa, essays on California (America without apologies or inhibitions) and New York (No one makes a mark on New York, and New York leaves its mark on everyone).

Iyer is a gentle yet astute observer of a variety of foreign locales and a versatile writer both humorous and thoughtful. THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Contents

PREFACE

PLACES

Ethiopia: Prayers in the Wilderness
Nepal: Movie Days in Kathmandu
Tibet: The Life and Times of the Potala Palace
The East India Company: Oxbridge-on-the-Hooghly
Bombay: Hobson-Jobson on the Streets
The New World’s New World: Making Itself Up and Over
New York: A City in Black and White
A Hermitage in California: A Life Outside Time

PEOPLE

Norman Lewis: A Curious Collector of Curiosities
Tenzin Gyatso: Tibet’s Guiding Star
Peter Matthiessen: In Search of the Crane
Peter Brook: Autumn of the Rebel Patriarch

BOOKS

Welcome to the Age of Tropical Classical
A Junglified Victoria
Jane Austen in Calcutta
The Mailman from Malgudi
Prosaic Justice All Around
Pop Goes the Culture
In Praise of Folly
The Spiritual Import-Export Market
Waiting upon History
A Martian in Mittel Europe
A Small, Bewildered Foreigner
Tourists at Home
The Meek Inherit No Earth
Richard Burton in the Peace Corps
An Englishman in Paradise
Private Eye, Public Conscience
An American Song of Enthusiasm
Searching for America
A Connoisseur of Fear
Black-Magic Realism
In the Shadow of the 60s
A Waiting room for Death

THEMES

In Praise of the Humble Comma
Excusez-moi! Speakez-vous Franglais?
For Japan, See Oscar Wilde
Through the Cuban looking Glass
The Rise of Minority Terrorism
History? Education? Zap! Pow! Cit
Authors’ Photos and the Tyranny of the image
Perhaps the Best Article on Blurbs I’ve Written Today
The Contagion of Innocence
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Sequel
The Ultimate Near-Life Experience
Of Weirdos and Eccentrics
Sleeping with the Enemy
The Competitive Advantage of Seasons

SQUIBS

Confessions of a Frequent Flier
The New Enemies of Promise
The Lears: An American Tragedy
A Game of Instants
Silence

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