Pico Iyer is more than just a travel writer. For four years, he wrote about world affairs for Time, and he brings to these brilliant, comical, and poignant essays his extensive knowledge of politics and culture as well as a journalist's eye for the telling details. Video Night in Kathmandu provides both a stark, unsettling view of modern Asia and an exploration of the ambivalent attitudes Asians hold toward the West.
I tried reading this book while in Kathmandu, and forced myself to finish the chapter on said city before throwing the book across my hotel room in frustration. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001
As a long standing fan of Pico Iyer's writing, I had high expectations of this book. It is entertaining and fun, but Mr. Iyer comes off as rather self-centered. Read morePublished on July 13 2001 by Pamela
Iyer's book captures a particular moment in the 1980s in each of the places he visits. He acknowledges that he provides little historical context for his experiences, such as how... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2001 by Adrian
Pico Iyer is one of the best Asia writers out there. His Lady and the Monk: 4 Seasons in Kyoto is by far the most beautiful book I have ever read. It was magical. Read morePublished on April 27 2000 by Crossfit Len
as a genre, i find travel books lacking. exceptions, perhaps, are the british expat writers like graham greene, lawrence durell, and (sometimes) paul thureau. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 1999
I am slowly working my way through Iyer's collection of travel essay books,passing them on to friends when I am through. Read morePublished on Dec 27 1998 by lkaren reads
Places change, but in Asia the essential Difference remains. Iyer conveys the underlying reality, that beneath the veneer of invading Western culture, Asia is still mysterious. Read morePublished on May 8 1998 by Barry Jacobs (email@example.com)