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This title launches a new Travelers’ Tales series, an annual collection of the best travel writing, to celebrate ten years of publishing the world’s best travel writingfrom Nobel Prize winners to complete unknowns. Many of these stories will be published for the first time in this book, while some will have appeared in other Travelers’ Tales titles or elsewhere. But the common thread connecting them will be fresh, lively storytelling and compelling narrative to make the reader laugh, weep, wish he were there, or be glad he wasn’t.
These 25 stories cover the globe, from battling snakes in Costa Rica to probing your own relation to the caste system in India to charting your way through the "oldest tourist trap in the world" in Egypt to learning to cook an octopus in Mexico. The writers come from many countries, not just the United States, so the points of view and perspectives are global in reach. Themes are as eclectic as all of our books, including stories that encompass spiritual growth, absolute hilarity and misadventure, high adventure, romance, women’s solo journeys, stories of service to humanity, family travel, and encounters with exotic cuisine.
"Machetes are like Central American Visa Cards--nobody leaves home without one. They're everywhere. the machete is part of the Central American male identity. the machete is the Swiss Army knife on steriods, practicality manifest, the solution to every problem by which an American is rarely confronted: need to hack a path through the jungle? Open a coconut? Kill a deadly reptile? the answer is a shining silver blade."
|Publisher's Preface||p. xiii|
|The Snake Charmer of Guanacaste (Costa Rica)||p. 1|
|Mohammed Ali, Ear Cleaner (India)||p. 17|
|Citizen Mulenge (Zaire (Congo))||p. 25|
|Learning to Breathe (Laos)||p. 33|
|The Bird King of Buenos Aires (Argentina)||p. 44|
|Bracelets and Hunger (Vietnam)||p. 50|
|My New Best Friend (Nepal and Tibet)||p. 56|
|City Undone (Thailand)||p. 93|
|The Summer of the Lost Ham (Canada)||p. 105|
|Where I Am (Malawi)||p. 113|
|Doublestar (Why I Write) (Alaska)||p. 120|
|The Tao of Bicycling (China)||p. 142|
|Walking the Kerry Way (Ireland)||p. 149|
|Hard by the Irrawaddy (Burma)||p. 157|
|The Laundromat on Rue Cler (France)||p. 181|
|In the Kitchen with Yuyo (Mexico)||p. 187|
|Uncomfortably Numb in Prague (Czech Republic)||p. 196|
|Onionskin (Italy)||p. 206|
|Paris, When It Drizzles (France)||p. 210|
|It's Dar es Salaam and I Am Not Dead (Tanzania)||p. 214|
|El Imperfecto (Ecuador)||p. 240|
|I Follow the White Dog (Russia)||p. 246|
|Between Air and Water (Italy)||p. 252|
|First Flight (USA)||p. 264|
|Riding the Current of Cripple Creek (Nevada and Utah)||p. 268|
|A Perfect Rose (Pakistan)||p. 275|
|Anthem Soul (Syria)||p. 278|
|Under the Protection of the Cow Demon (Japan)||p. 283|
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Series: Best Travel Writing
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 5th February 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.1 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41