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Destination Saigon: Adventures in Vietnam download ebook
ISBN:
1741759498
ISBN13:
978-1741759495
Author:
Walter Mason
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin; Main edition (May 1, 2011)
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255 pages
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Destination Saigon, Adventures in Vietnam is a new book by Walter Mason. out now! Friday, January 4, 2019. St Martin de Porres - a beloved saint in Vietnam. Dickens’ final exploration of the picaresque form in The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit has always been one of his least-discussed books, but in this talk, Walter Mason makes the case for it being one of his best. Dickens made a decision to switch the scene to America partway through the novel, and Walter also looks at Dickens’ relationship to America and the ways in which it was portrayed by his peers in English literature. This talk is hosted by the NSW Dickens Society.

Walter Mason is a former bookseller who is fluent in Vietnamese and a regular visitor to Vietnam. Destination Saigon' contains a delightful series of vignettes about life in today's Vietnam as experienced by the author during his travels through the cities and countryside. Sometimes hilarious, always charming they bring that country vividly to life. Particularly fuuny is the story of his boat trip on the Mekong River where the captain's wife sets your fare after meeting you and determining your net worth an status.

Destination Saigon book. Walter Mason has spent a considerable amount of time in Vietnam, in particular Saigon.

From the crazy heat and colour of Saigon to the quieter splendour of Hanoi, Walter Mason gives us a rare, joyous and at times hilarious insight into twenty first century Vietnam. Seduced by the beauty and charm of its people, and the sensuousness of its culture, we can almost taste the little coconut cakes cooked over a fire in a smoky Can Tho kitchen, or smell the endless supplies of fresh baguettes and croissants just out of city ovens.

Destination Saigon is part memoir, part reportage, a. .DESTINATION CAMBODIA: ADVENTURES IN THE KINGDOM By Walter Mason Walter.

Destination Saigon is part memoir, part reportage, a collection of intimate and often very funny stories by Walter Mason about his exploration of spirituality across Buddhist-majority Vietnam. As he notes himself, so many books in English on Vietnam are focused on the French colonial era and the American war. 2010-published Destination Saigon aims to show readers what Vietnam is like today, in the 21st century. DESTINATION CAMBODIA: ADVENTURES IN THE KINGDOM By Walter Mason Walter Mason’s Destination Cambodia: Adventures in the Kingdom is a gentle, intimate look at Cambodia today.

From the crazy heat and colour of Saigon to the quieter splendour of Hanoi, Walter Mason gives us a rare, joyous and at times hilarious insight into twenty-first century Vietnam.

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Destination Saigon: Adventures in Vietnam. Destination Saigon - Walter Mason.

Get a taste of the real Vietnam and its people on a sometimes funny, always fascinating journey from the bustling cities to out of the way villages, into Buddhist monasteries and along the Mekong

From the crazy heat and color of Saigon to the quieter splendor of Hanoi, this is a rare, joyous, and at times hilarious insight into 21st century Vietnam. Seduced by the beauty and charm of its people and the sensuousness of its culture we can almost taste the little coconut cakes cooked over a fire in a smoky Can Tho kitchen, or smell the endless supplies of fresh baguettes and croissants just out of city ovens. As colorful city cafes and bars make way for visits to out-of-the-way shrines and temples, we take an impromptu visit to forbidden fortune tellers, and glimpse a little of the Cao Dai religion, made famous in Graham Greene's The Quiet American. Traveling off the beaten track to far-flung villages and lesser-known towns, we cruise along the Mekong, board hopelessly overcrowded local buses, or perch perilously on the back of motorbikes. Behind-the-scenes visits to Buddhist monasteries reveal a quieter and more transcendent world beyond the busy day trips of tourists, and in the process, we begin to see the country through the eyes of its people.
Reviews:
  • inetserfer
I read this for research before recently traveling to Saigon. It deals with the whole country contrary to what the title suggests. In this respect I was disappointed. It's bizarre adventures of a 'large' Australian who lived on and off in Saigon but traveled all over the country. It's the friends he makes, the adventures he has and the problems he faced living in Vietnam. It's an interesting read but not what the title suggests.
  • luisRED
A great read about the author's adventures in Vietnam. Not only in Saigon; he gets pretty far afield, too, from tiny villages to Hanoi. Struck a chord with me because of my own wanderings in VN. Made me want to go back yet again, to my own favorite place in the country: Hanoi - the Hoàn Kiếm area and the old town.

Read it; you'll enjoy it - especially the interactions with the Vietnamese people.
  • Vivaral
'Destination Saigon' contains a delightful series of vignettes about life in today's Vietnam as experienced by the author during his travels through the cities and countryside. Sometimes hilarious, always charming they bring that country vividly to life. Particularly fuuny is the story of his boat trip on the Mekong River where the captain's wife sets your fare after meeting you and determining your net worth an status.
  • Yozshubei
Mason has written of the most entertaining travel memoirs I've come across. He has a great sense of self-effacing humor and pure love for Vietnam that I can appreciate. I've been there several times, and he really made me re-live some of my experiences and introduced me to so many more.
  • Fountain_tenderness
An eye-opening look at a culture separate from my own. It is a light, easy read. If you are interested in travel stories, you will likely enjoy this.
  • Ariseym
Not a travel book, but a book of stories of being in the world in Vietnam .... Funny, moving, thoughtful, pragmatic... At times beautiful.
  • AGAD
It was a mistake for me to buy this book. I thought is was about Vietnam but it was not. It was about the adventures of a fat, bald, gay guy who happened to have traveled in Vietnam where he met the love of his life. I tried to pursue my original intention of learning about the country till I got to page 69 where he writes "my new gentleman friend slid his hand up to my crotch..." at which point I threw the book in the trash. To each his own but the title should have somehow indicated the target audience.
First few sentences were already so exciting that I could not put the book down. Don't start reading it just before bedtime :-) I felt as if I was traveling with the author, words were rich and well chosen. Thank you Walter for the amazing book.