Tropical Classical

Essays From Several Directions

Iyer, Pico

(Book - 1997)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Tropical Classical
Random House, Inc.
In Tropical Classical the author of Video Nights in Katmandu and The Lady and the Monk visits a holy city in Ethiopia, where hooded worshippers practice a Christianity that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. He follows the bewilderingly complex route of Bombay's dabbawallahs, who each day ferry 100,000 different lunches to 100,000 different workers.

Iyer chats with the Dalai Lama and assesses the books of Salman Rushdie and Cormac McCarthy. And he brings his perceptive eye and unflappable wit to bear on the postmodern vogues for literary puffery, sexual gamesmanship, and frequent-flier miles. Glittering with aphorisms, overflowing with insight, and often hilarious, Tropical Classical represents some of Iyer's finest work.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c1997
ISBN: 0679776109
Branch Call Number: 814 Iyer
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 25 cm.


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Dec 07, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my favourite book this season. Pico Iyer's writing is exotic, wry, expressed in extravagant and exquisite detail and sensitive to a point. Whether he is describing the spiritual and mysterious silence of the rock churches at Lalibela in Ethiopia, or discoursing on Paddington Bear's amiability, the works of Raymond Chandler, or Norman Lewis' travels, he is superb. As an essayist he has replaced, in my affections, Eco and Alexandra Theroux.


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