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Goodnight, Mister Lenin: Journey Through the End of the Soviet Empire Paperback – Jan 1994

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best book available. 3 Aug. 1998
By Niall LEONARD - Published on
Format: Paperback
Better than the very good Colin Thubron; comparable with V.S. Naipaul. Read his earlier books as well; and is it not time for to enter publishing (or re-publishing) great books that are otherwise out of print?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Terzani is a master. 20 Aug. 2013
By L. Tai - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been searching for years for an affordable copy of this book, and so glad I finally managed to get my hands on one. As an avid reader of travel writing, esp. writings on China, SE Asia, and Central Asia, I find Terzani unrivaled in his keen ability to "read" (and not without a touch of irony) all the characters he meets on his journeys, his cultural sensitivity, the fundamental integrity and respect with which he approaches other cultures and peoples, as well as a very measured way of tying it all together with personal ruminations and essential histories of the places he passes through. He is always trying to make sense of what he sees/experiences/encounters, and he is honest, forthright, and critical in his analyses, even when it comes to himself. I am always enlightened after reading his books. Highly recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What a Fortune Teller Told Me: Tales of the Far East 28 Feb. 2001
By Natalie - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have never read a book that I have been unable to put down, and upon finishing - picked up a pencil, flipped back to page 1 and started again, underlining as I went. I have read the book 4 times now. Terzani is a brilliant and extreemly knowlegable writer who has embraced his love for SE Asia and put it to words so brilliantly. For me, a young Italian traveller living in Bangkok - this book is unsurpassable for ANYBODY who has visited South East Asia and fallen in love with it's charming and heart-warming character (excluding Singapore - Of course!). PLEASE contact me anybody is able to get copies of China: Behind the Forbidden Door, or Goodnight Mr Lenin.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Fortune Teller Told Me 19 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Like one of the other people who wrote in, I too have not yet read Goodnight, Mister Lenin. I have just finished reading A Fortune Teller Told Me and it's been the first book in a long time where I wanted to read every single word rather than just scan through. Tiziano writes as if he is speaking, and this, together with his travels and constant search for answers which lead him on a colourful and fascinating journey, left me looking for more of his books. Mr Terzani you're a gem, thank you for sharing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As Readable as Fortuneteller 11 Mar. 2002
By "melissakuo" - Published on
Format: Paperback
Surprisingly, my library system got this book from Vancouver Public Library for me. I would suggest those who yearning for Lenin try your library system. The out-of-print copies may hide in libraries. I am on my way with the author from Siberia to Central Asia. The writing style is as similar as that of A Fortuneteller, and as enjoyable and as readable. I also got Tiziano's early book Giai Phong! The Fall and Liberation of Saigon (1976) from the library system.
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