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a reportage on contemporary Asia written like a novel,
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This review is from: A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East (Paperback)
This is one of the most beautiful travel books I've ever read. Terzani travels across Asia looking for the most capable fortune teller, but the search for the fortune teller is an excuse to focus on people and the way they live their lives; it's an excuse to rethink the western rationality and compare it to the oriental one; it's an excuse for showing the reader slides from Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam....; it's an excuse to tell you about Asian political regimes, and economies and societies. In other words, it's an excuse to make you think. At the end of the book the reader discovers that the perfect fortune teller, the one who really can read the future, actually exists. But the reader also discovers that he has just read one of the best travel guides to Asia.
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