Natural Opium

Natural Opium

Some Travelers' Tales

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Discusses why humans travel, how travel changes them, and the willingness to face danger in the name of adventure, and takes readers to such places as London, St. Petersburg, and Bangkok

Blackwell North Amer
The widely acclaimed novelist, essayist, and cultural and social critic is one of the characters in these ten striking pieces, each of which is part memoir, part short story, part sharp observation of the world today.
This is a book about contemporary travelers in far-flung places, about the inner compulsion to travel, and about the condition of being a traveler. For the past ten years, Diane Johnson has roamed the world from Taipei to Tanzania to Teheran, from St. Petersburg and Bangkok to Delhi and the Great Barrier Reef. In these pieces she answers dramatically, and with a constantly refreshing wit, the question of why we travel and how travel changes us.
In Switzerland, the travelers' willingness to face danger in the name of adventure is made clear as a festive midnight toboggan ride turns into a terrifying slide through a pathless forest ... in London, the author's physician husband discovers that the patient whose life he is in the middle of saving is an international drug lord ... en route from her daughter's wedding in Paris to her son's in Taipei, the author glimpses a Russia she thought no longer existed.
Full of humor and with a nonstop storytelling pull, Natural Opium is a new kind of travel book, pure Diane Johnson.

& Taylor

The author of Health and Happiness discusses why humans travel and how travel changes them, the willingness to face danger in the name of adventure, and more, taking readers to such places as London, St. Petersburg, and Bangkok. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1993, c1992
ISBN: 9780679413462
Characteristics: xvi, 234 p. ; 22 cm


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