And the Monkey Learned Nothing: Dispatches from a Life in Transit
Carry this book with you as you travel by vessel, plane, train, or just before you enter into dreamland. Through these gem-like vignettes, Tom Lutz takes you with him as he shares his impressions of the people he meets and the sites he sees on his travels to various parts of the globe. You will travel to little known places in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America. Learn about baksheesh in Morocco or about the assault of the “one dollar” peddlers at the Great Wall of China, walk with the whores in Ecuador, and listen to the discussions about politics in Guyana. The stories range from one to several pages in length, making the book a leisurely read as you find yourself learning about little known parts of the world along with the colors, smells, music, strangeness, aloofness, and friendliness found in each exotic location. As one who claims to be addicted to travel, the author paints quick sketches of the remote sites visited with a brief history of the locality, while providing the reader with a textural sense of the location and seeking to include the human element by interacting with guides, cab-drivers, clerks, and residents of the area.
|University Of Iowa Press
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