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All the Right Places (Vintage Departures) [Paperback]

Brad Newsham
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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May 1990 Vintage Departures

'I am in exactly the right place, thinking, doing and feeling exactly the right things...'

This was the affirmation that Brad Newsham repeated daily as he cycled alone across the Japanese Alps to Mount Fuji, free to wander wherever he chose. But back home in San Francisco, life hadn't been so rosy: his wife had met someone else and wanted a divorce. He tried everything to change her mind, eventually leaving his job and buying a one-way ticket to Asia in the hope that she would miss him. It worked...and then HE met someone else on a bus in Hong Kong.

One of the first wave of Western backpackers to blaze a trail through China and Russia, Brad Newsham travelled from the neon-lit streets of Tokyo to the epic prairies of Mongolia in a journey that took him across Asia by bicycle, boat, bus and the Trans-Siberian railway. With its rich and fascinating cast of characters, ALL THE RIGHT PLACES is classic travel writing at its very best.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679727132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679727132
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,603,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Newsham is a tremendously gifted and funny writer...This is a marvellous book'" (Jason Webster, author of Duende)

"'Newsham brings vividly to life the adrenalin buzz of being a stranger in a strange land...Captivating' " (Conde Nast Traveller) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A reissue of the first travel memoir by the acclaimed author of TAKE ME WITH YOU --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read 19 Dec 2003
Whether you've ever travelled yourself or are just a fan of travel literature, this book is so well written and accessable to everyone. Newsham really takes you with him wherever he goes and shares the characters he met along the way with the reader so you feel like you know them yourself.
In the 1980's, Brad Newsham set off to Japan to get over the split with his wife. He spent the subsequent months cycling through Japan, being ill in China and "pushing it" in Russia. It's not preachy and "look at what I've done", and he readily admits that travelling can be some of the lonliest times of your life, but he writes with such a vibrancy that everywhere he's been I want to go now (yes, even Mongolia).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book from Brad 17 Dec 2004
A very good book covering a journey through Japan, China and Russia. The book is set during the '80s when travel though China and Russia in particular was much different from today, so this adds a really interesting perspective to the topic.
Brad starts off in Japan, and has some very interesting encounters when in Hiroshima, which is a real eye opener in understanding how the Japanese have learned to live post atom bomb.
The final chapters which cover Russia are the best, when he meets a few people on the trans Siberian train, and decide to say in Russia without the correct visas etc.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst travel book I have ever read 20 Oct 2009
The art of travel writing is to be able to make astute observation without criticizing everything that is strange to you or making harsh judgements. This author has such a condescending tone that it was hard to grind through the pages without getting angry. How come Will Ferguson, Alex Kerr or Josie Dew can write about the Japanese without referring to them as midgets ? Just one example of his inability to accept other cultures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was satisfied 4 Feb 2008
An excellent book that details the travels of the far east and Asia. I bought this book along with Richard Perez's "The Losers Club" and I must say, I was satisfied with each.
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