Romancing the East: A Literary Odyssey from the Heart of Darkness to the River Kwai (Paperback)Jerry Hopkins (author)
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From the time of Marco Polo's trek across the Central Asian desert to the empire of the mighty Mongol Khan, 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 mysticism. 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.
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 130 x 203 x 23 mm
"Jerry Hopkins was present at the creation of Rolling Stone magazine and the early hippie days of West Coast rock. After penning the definitive biography of Jim Morrison--No One Here Gets Out Alive--he took off for a long sojourn in Hawaii. He's been in Thailand now for 20 years, still writing books, three dozen of them so far. My favorite is Bangkok Babylon--profiles of 26 well-known expatriates in Thailand. He's done the same now with 32 Western writers in Romancing the East. His portraits range from Conrad and Kipling to Greene and Burgess to Theroux and Naipaul...I would have preferred that weak chapters on Richard Conlon and Ian Fleming be replaced by more serious observers of Asia...but this is to criticize Jerry Hopkins for the book he did not write. The one he did is shrewd, fascinating, trenchant, an education and a joy to read." --Phuket Gazette
"Sometimes it's hard to see the trees when the forest is so big. But, collectively, Hopkins' chapters paint an absorbing mural of displaced foreigners struggling to understand and explain "the exotic East" in the context of their own damaged lives and forsaken homelands." --The Nation