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The Global Soul : Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home

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From the acclaimed author of Video Nights in Kathmandu comes this intriguing new book that deciphers the cultural ramifications of globalization and the rising tide of worldwide displacement. Beginning in Los Angeles International Airport, where town life?shops, services, sociability?is available without a town, Pico Iyer takes us on a tour of the transnational village our world has become. From Hong Kong, where people actually live in self-contained hotels, to Atlanta's Olympic Village, which seems to inadvertently commemorate a sort of corporate universalism, to Japan, where in the midst of alien surfaces his apartment building is called "The Memphis," Iyer ponders what the word "home" can possibly mean in a world whose face is blurred by its cultural fusion and its alarmingly rapid rate of change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 144 x 202 x 17mm | 240g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0679776117
  • 9780679776116
  • 147,822

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From the acclaimed author of Video Nights in Kathmandu comes this intriguing new book that deciphers the cultural ramifications of globalization and the rising tide of worldwide displacement.
Beginning in Los Angeles International Airport, where town life?shops, services, sociability?is available without a town, Pico Iyer takes us on a tour of the transnational village our world has become. From Hong Kong, where people actually live in self-contained hotels, to Atlanta's Olympic Village, which seems to inadvertently commemorate a sort of corporate universalism, to Japan, where in the midst of alien surfaces his apartment building is called "The Memphis," Iyer ponders what the word "home" can possibly mean in a world whose face is blurred by its cultural fusion and its alarmingly rapid rate of change.
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"Powerful and essential reading for anyone trying to understand the modern world."-Minneapolis Star Tribune
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About Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is the author of five previous books, including Video Night in Kathmandu and The Lady and the Monk. He lives in suburban Japan. From the Hardcover edition.
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794 ratings
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4 34% (273)
3 29% (231)
2 14% (111)
1 4% (35)

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An interesting, pensive book about globalism and the individual's place in a world that's getting smaller and smaller every day. Some chapters tackle hands-on topics like the Olympic games, others are more abstract, but the general idea is finding your identity somewhere other than the place you were born. This is not a book you'll flick through in a weekend - it's best enjoyed at a peaceful, quiet time, when one can dedicate undivided attention to reading. I really enjoyed Pico Iyer's beautiful writing style and felt that the scenes he described came alive, even though he didn't dwell on physical details much. If topics like travelling and moving to another country, adapting to a new culture is relevant to you, you will probably appreciate the general sentiment in the book. As for the edition, it's an OK book, handy size (fits in a handbag). The paper/print looks a bit retro but is neat, sharp enough and easy to read.show more
by Judit Szabo
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