Romancing the East: A Literary Odyssey from Shangri-LA to the River Kwai

Author(s): Jerry Hopkins

Non Fiction

From the time of Marco Polo's trek across the Central Asian desert to the empire of the mighty Kahn, no other place on earth, not the languid South Pacific or even deepest, darkest Africa has so challenged and enchanted the Western imagination as have the fabled lands of the East!

However soaked in blood its history and no matter how unsettling its social conditions and poverty, Asia has never lost its irresistible attraction or mystic. It has long been an inspiration for Western novelists, so much so that more than 5000 novels have been set in Asia in the English language alone. Storied names like Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Pearl S. Buck, George Orwell, Graham Greene, E.M. Forster and many more have used their experiences in Asia as a vibrant backdrop for some of the world's most famous works of literature.

In "Romancing the East," best-selling author Jerry Hopkins combines his research and his own experiences as a longtime expatriate with an intimate knowledge of Asia and offers us a unique perspective on the impact of Eastern culture in Western literature.


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Jerry Hopkins has published more than 1,000 magazine articles and 36 books, including several international bestsellers--the cult classic "No One Here Gets Out Alive" among them. He moved to Thailand in 1993 where he developed a strong reputation with his writings on food, travel, and various aspects of Asian life and culture. Recent titles include "Thailand Confidential, Bangkok Babylon" and "Asian Aphrodisiacs." Hopkins and his Thai-Khmer wife divide their time between a flat in Bangkok and a house on a working farm near the Cambodian border.

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  • : 9780804843201
  • : Tuttle Publishing
  • : Tuttle Publishing
  • : 0.294
  • : March 2013
  • : 203mm X 130mm
  • : United States
  • : March 2013
  • : books

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  • : Jerry Hopkins
  • : Paperback
  • : 313
  • : 809.39325
  • : 400