October 23, 2017

What others say about it.

It’s easy  for you to find out!

I offer you two approaches. Both simple. Both fast to do – just minutes of your time!

Approach No. 1:

Go to www.amazon.com,

Click “Books,” then type in “Around Asia in 80 Days. Oops, 83!”

Then read the reviews. They’re all excellent, I’m pleased to say. All 5 Stars!

Approach No. 2:

Simply read the review below. It happens to be the latest. I’ve downloaded it from amazon.com. It  awards my book a full 5 stars.

LaPlante Casts a Sharp Eye on the East,” July 11, 2012

There used to be a descriptive expression, “Old China Hand.” When uttered, usually with great admiration by a pal or peer, with it came the entire East of opium dens, perfidy, piety, graciousness, glory, and wisdom. The phrase conjures human failures and aspirations, but set in a new, non-Western matrix, and praises a perhaps somewhat cynical, but loving, capability to master the customs and expectations Out There. We might well call the expression “politically incorrect” these days.

But, in the case of John Guy LaPlante’s sizable book, “Around Asia in 80 Days. Oops, 83!” the author’s close observations and all-walks-of-life experiences during his Keds-on-the-ground travels will be useful to the neophyte traveler as well as the experienced knockabout in foreign ports. His earlier book, “Around the World at 75. Alone, Dammit!” received approbation from his Chinese hosts, and LaPlante’s journey to Shanghai for the “Around the World” publishing festivities indeed kicks off his “Around Asia” opus.

The sequel sees LaPlante–and his younger sister, Lucie–hit the big major destinations like Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Phnom Penh, Manila. And even Hawaii, as an East-Meets-West counterpoint. But it’s not about only the big cities. Not t all.

As with all his books, it’s LaPlante’s groundling’s observations that count, the everyday experiences–successes and mishaps–seen with a penetrating reporter’s eye. And, as with his other books, he couples ruthless objectivity with, yes, the un-reportorial empathy of someone who has spent eight decades on the earth bumping into human beings of many cultures and languages and ways of dealing with wealth, poverty, survival.

These 280 pages, 335 photos (and even 36 vital “travel tips”!) will be of great help if you contemplate travel in East Asia, and will kindle memories for those who might have become “Hands” themselves in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines. It’s also available in e-book form for those who travel light.

Perhaps 80 days in-country will not make a fully fledged “Old China Hand.” But this book is a fascinating start for a budding traveler, businessperson, teacher, soldier, or statesman whose desires and curiosities take them into the heartlands of the transforming civilizations of Asia.

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That ends the review by JPSIII. I hope you have found it helpful. Remember: you can get to the other reviews there in just a minute or two.

Interested? Go look right now!  See “Around Asia in 80 Days, Oops, 83!” on Amazon.com.  That’s all there is to it! You will be well rewarded.