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A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East Hardcover – 1 Jun 2001

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony Books (Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060960841X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609608418
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Terzani s thoughtful progression provides great pleasure because he is more open to the people, and people are always the real journey. Book Page
A marvelous traveling companion, Terzani entertains us with his reflections on subjects from astrology to political violence, from the depravity of Bangkok to the sterility of Singapore, and introduces us to the characters he meets along the way. O, The Oprah Magazine
An extraordinary and nuanced account of a journey through the Far East and Southeast Asia. Library Journal"

"Terzani's thoughtful progression provides great pleasure because he is more open to the people, and people are always the real journey." --Book Page

"A marvelous traveling companion, Terzani entertains us with his reflections on subjects from astrology to political violence, from the depravity of Bangkok to the sterility of Singapore, and introduces us to the characters he meets along the way." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"An extraordinary and nuanced account of a journey through the Far East and Southeast Asia." --Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When a Hong Kong fortune-teller warned him not to risk flying for a whole year, Tiziano Terzani, an experienced Asia correspondent, decided to face the challenge directly. It was, he writes, 'like the first step into an unknown world'.

In the course of that year, the author travelled by foot, boat, bus, car and train, visiting or revisiting Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia – all the while consulting fortune-tellers, shamans and sorcerers and receiving much advice – some wise, some otherwise – about his future.

With time to think, he learnt to understand, respect and fear for older ways of life and beliefs now threatened by the crasser forms of modernity. He also, in the company of monks and magicians, meditated on the general problem of destiny, of good or evil fate and how to deal with it, and on the problem of identity now that the ancient world of diversity seems about to succumb to the strident demands of 'development'.

The result is an immensely engaging, insightful and idiosyncratic journey, filled with unexpected delights and strange encounters. A best-seller and major prize-winner in Italy, the book – by 'one of Europe's most accomplished writers' (in the words of William Shawcross) – is a powerful warning against the new missionaries of materialism.
(And – yes – the fortune-teller 'did' save him from an air crash.)

"My undertaking not to fly turned into a game full of surprises. If you pretend to be blind for a while, you find that the other senses grow sharper to compensate for the lack of sight. Avoiding planes has a similar effect… It turned out to be one of the most extraordinary years I have ever spent: I was marked for death, and instead I was reborn."
TIZIANO TERZANI

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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