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Romancing the East: A Literary Odyssey from the Heart of Darkness to the River Kwai

Romancing the East A Literary Odyssey from the Heart of Darkness to the River Kwai Profiling individual legendary authors best selling author Jerry Hopkins combines his research and his own experiences as a longtime expatriate with an intimate knowledge of Asia and offers us a uni

  • Title: Romancing the East: A Literary Odyssey from the Heart of Darkness to the River Kwai
  • Author: Jerry Hopkins
  • ISBN: 9780804843201
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Profiling individual, legendary authors, best selling author Jerry Hopkins combines his research and his own experiences as a longtime expatriate with an intimate knowledge of Asia and offers us a unique perspective on the impact of Eastern culture in Western literature From the time of Marco Polo s trek across the Central Asian desert to the empire of the mighty Mongol KProfiling individual, legendary authors, best selling author Jerry Hopkins combines his research and his own experiences as a longtime expatriate with an intimate knowledge of Asia and offers us a unique perspective on the impact of Eastern culture in Western literature 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 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 have used their experiences in Asia as a vibrant backdrop for some of the world s most famous works of literature.

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    1 thought on “Romancing the East: A Literary Odyssey from the Heart of Darkness to the River Kwai

    1. Categorized as 'Travel', this 32-topic paperback at first mystified me, kept me wondering and I decided to correct it as 'Literary odyssey' because it hasn't depicted any travel, geographically, of the author, it seems to me it's literarily labeled but, in fact, this book has explored the lives of those notable authors and their works which we would read and be amazed with their themes, settings, characters, etc. miraculously penned and focused in the East. One of the reasons is that, according [...]

    2. Whoa, it took me exactly one month to finish this beast!When I first saw this book, I was quickly intrigued by the back cover, which mentions the only controversial title of Asian books by Western authors that I know of: Memoirs of a Geisha. I thought I was in for a couple hundred pages of calling out Western authors who tried to depict and explain the East, although they have yet any experience there themselves. However, it turns out, I was wrong. The book talks about more than that. It talks a [...]

    3. "Romancing the East" is a primer on the great writing about that part of the world and how it has attracted some of the most fertile minds of the last century. What is especially compelling is how the author draws us into the worlds of these literary giants and offers insights into them and their work with his scholarly research and entertaining anecdotes. We rediscover these great writers from a completely new point of view and we learn much about them in revelations that are the result of in-d [...]

    4. A novel idea: a collection of essays on stories set in the east, their authors lives, and the (probable) events and experiences that inspired them. Occasional overreaching, sloppy editing on grammar and spelling bring it down.

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