Ultimates in the Far East

Ultimates in the Far East

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  • Hardback | 329 pages
  • 160 x 210mm
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • Illustrationss., port
  • 0151925801
  • 9780151925803

Review Text

Mr. Strode some years ago wrote about Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, etc. but this grand tour, apparently following his retirement as university professor in 1967, was undertaken in terms of "sheer pleasure," luxury too it would seem, and a determination to avoid any of the sorespots (Calcutta, for instance). Thus too the political situations receive only minimal commentary and he records with open admiration whatever meets the eye, or whatever he is told by all kinds of people. From Tokyo, reasserting its traditional self-discipline after the defeat, to Fuji "that which is without equal" (seen from the failing Prime Minister Yoshida's garden) to Kyoto; Hong Kong, with its skyscraping new buildings and Thailand, with its skyrocketing prosperity; Cambodia where he talked with a close friend of Jim Thompson who believes he will return; India, a lunch with Mrs. Pandit and a eulogy to Gandhi; etc., etc. A leisurely, spacious, clarifying vista of the "ultimates" in terms of civilized enjoyment although the prose which gilds the page ("bedewed" and "by blessed chance") would suggest an older audience. (Kirkus Reviews)
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