Mohawk haircuts in Bali. Yuppies in Hong Kong. In Bombay, not one but five Rambo rip-offs, complete with music and dancing. And in the new People’s Republic of China, a restaurant that serves dishes called “Yes, Sir, Cheese My Baby.” “A Legitimate Beef,” and “ike and Tuna Tumer.” These are some of the images-comical, poignant, and unsettling–that Pico lyer brings back from the Far East in this brilliant book of travel reportage. A writer for Time, lyer approaches his subject with a camera-sharp eye, a style that suggests a cross between Paul Theroux and Hunter Thompson, and a willingness to go beyond the obvious conclusions about the hybrid cultures of East and West.
“Quick-witted and perceptive…Something more than a deft and entertaining traveler’s tale.” – The New Yorker
“The book is filled with lyer’s enthusiasms and opinions, both engaging and provocative, and is…a sensual feast of rich impres sions.” –Los Angeles Times
“A fresh approach, embellished by the author’s humorous and perceptive style.” –San Francisco Chronicle