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The Global Soul

Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home

Iyer, Pico

(Book - 2000)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Global Soul
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
A unique exploration of "globalism" takes the reader on an international trek to discover the settings where cultures collide, from Hong Kong, where hotels are islands of self-sufficiency, to the Olympic Village in Atlanta, an unwitting monument of "universalism."

Baker
& Taylor

A unique exploration of "globalism" takes the reader on an international trek to discover the settings where cultures collide, from Hong Kong, where hotels are islands of self-sufficiency, to the Olympic Village in Atlanta, an unwitting monument of "universalism." Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, c2000
ISBN: 0679776117
0679454330
Branch Call Number: 910.4 I
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 22 cm.

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Sep 20, 2012
  • JeremiahSutherland rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Another author who can't seem to state his thesis and supporting ideas without larding his prose with many, many irrelevancies. This author gets high praise from many sources, but to me, his points are buried in verbal haystacks.

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