Tropical Classical

Tropical Classical

Essays From Several Directions

Book - 1997
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InTropical Classicalthe author ofVideo Nights in KatmanduandThe Lady and the Monkvisits a holy city in Ethiopia, where hooded worshippers practice a Christianity that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. He follows the bewilderingly complex route of Bombay'sdabbawallahs, who each day ferry 100,000 different lunches to 100,000 different workers. Iyer chats with the Dalai Lama and assesses the books of Salman Rushdie and Cormac McCarthy. And he brings his perceptive eye and unflappable wit to bear on the postmodern vogues for literary puffery, sexual gamesmanship, and frequent-flier miles. Glittering with aphorisms, overflowing with insight, and often hilarious,Tropical Classicalrepresents some of Iyer's finest work.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679454328
Branch Call Number: 814.54 IYER P
Characteristics: xiv, 314 pages ; 25 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

This is my favourite book this season. Pico Iyer's writing is exotic, wry, expressed in extravagant and exquisite detail and sensitive to a point. Whether he is describing the spiritual and mysterious silence of the rock churches at Lalibela in Ethiopia, or discoursing on Paddington Bear's amiability, the works of Raymond Chandler, or Norman Lewis' travels, he is superb. As an essayist he has replaced, in my affections, Eco and Alexandra Theroux.


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