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I had not known about Jeff Greenwald prior to getting hold f this book by accident This book is a selection f his short travel writing essays Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks over two decades Mostf the essays are about his journeys in Asia from Thailand Cambodia India Nepal Iran etc and a few from Mexico and his home San Francisco They were visits done in the 1980s and 1990s prior to 911The essays which appealed to me were some Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman of the followingThe essay Unionf the Sun and the Moon where Greenwald goes to the historic Iranian cities Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition of Esfahan and Shiraz tobserve the rare total solar eclipse in 1999 He finds Iran as ne f the most hospitable countries n earth and the people welcoming Americans n the Eclipse expedition warmly He predicts in 1999 there that in five years time Iran will be part f the mainstream in the world community One doesn t know if it would have happened had 911 not ccurredIn Bhutan he finds Bases Loaded one asian nation where conservation and cultural integrity remaining important than profit Still Bhutan allows high endrganized controlled tourism for people with money. Jeff Greenwald's four previous books including his best selling Shopping for Buddhas and The Size Have A Good Night, Volume 1 of the World have taken thousandsf readers n journeys from the ruins f Angkor to the California Lottery's Big Spin voyages at nce sublime and provocative spiritual and absurd After delays than the Mumbai Chennai Express Jeffs latest ffering Scratching the Sur.
His meeting with Buzz Aldrin When You Lose Your Job on the 30th anniversaryf the Moon landing was a mesmerizing experience for him and he says he was drawn into his rbit I wish he didn t use such a cliched expression About the laid back Laotians he uotes the French phrase the Vietnamese plant rice the Cambodians watch it grow and the Laotians listen to it grow Among the stories from Nepal I liked the ne about young Jitu a self taught young naturalist and animal tracker Jitu takes him Isabel the Queen: Life and Times on an excitinguting into the Chitwan National Park to watch a tiger at its kill at very close range The essay Fantastic Post Office 03 on the traditional Hindu cremationf the dead in Bali being turned into a tourist event was shocking and bizarre to read The Tim Crouch one real adventure story in the collection was a boat trip he takes from Dubai to Karachi with no radio no flares no signals and fuelnly for 100 hours The journey takes than 100 hours and they were running ut f fresh water as well It was hilarious to read that the Pakistani boatman was asking half naked seamen Drawing the Human Head on fishing stiff for directions to Karachiut in. Face Impressions Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of Planet Earth from Hollywood to Shiraz is finally available as a limited edition paperback Here is the bestf Greenwald's 20 year travel writing career hand picked from two decades f pen eyed dispatches Spanning ceans continents and the uantum leap from the Smith Corona to the Cybercafé these stories provide an illuminating ften hilario.
The pen seaGreenwald spends some time in a refugee camp in Thailand for Khmers fleeing Pol Pot In trying circumstances he finds the Khmers still with hope tremendous dignity vast euanimity and an acceptance f the present moment which he feels is completely unparalleled in western behavior On Kathmandu he writes perceptively you go through your life here dodging cows smiling at the monks with their new uartz watches stopping at the stores to buy the latest Elvis Costello cassette and you forget how thinly the veneer Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, of western influence is pastedver what basically is a very superstitious and pagan society He describes the ancient Hindu Buddhist Jain Ellora caves in western India poetically as it was an ancient harbinger f Michaelangelo s contention that the sculptures are already in the uarries awaiting release from the stone The narratives are not in the same class as that f Paul Theroux r Naipaul They are not that absorbing to read in ne Pontius Pilate or two sittings Still anyone interested in travel would find the exotic naturef his experiences uite fascinatin. Us view f ur rapidly evolving world The thirty Aeralis one tales in Scratching the Surface span the globe from the junglesf Nepal to a solar eclipse in the skies above Iran; from an electric bath in Tokyo to moonwalker Buzz Aldrin's Beverly Hills flat Nearly all f these stories have previously appeared in print but most will be unfamiliar to even his most loyal fa.
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