The Global Soul by Pico Iyer
Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home

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Pico Iyer has for many years described with keen perception and exacting wit the shifting textures of faraway lands anchored on a spinning globe that mixes and matches East and West. Now he casts a philosophical eye upon this curious state of floatingness.

In the transnational village that our world has become, travel and technology fuel each other and us. As Iyer points out, "everywhere is so made up of everywhere else," and our very souls have been put into circulation. Yet even global beings need a home.

Using his own multicultural upbringing (Indian, American, British) as a point of departure, Iyer sets out on a quest, both physical and psychological, to find what remains constant in a world gone mobile. He begins in Los Angeles International Airport, where town life — shops, services, sociability — is available without a town, and in Hong Kong, where people actually live in self-contained hotels. He moves on to Toronto, which has been given new life and a new literature by its immigrant population, and to Atlanta, where the Olympic Village inadvertently commemorates the corporate universalism that is the Olympics' secret face. And, finally, he returns to England, where the effects of empire-as-global-village are still being sorted out, and to Japan, where in the midst of alien surfaces, Iyer unexpectedly finds a home.

"As a guide to far-flung places, Pico Iyer can hardly be surpassed," The New Yorker has written. In The Global Soul, he extends the meaning of far-flung to places within and all around us.


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About Pico Iyer

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Pico Iyer has written nonfiction books on globalism, Japan, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, and forgotten places, and novels on Revolutionary Cuba and Islamic mysticism. He regularly writes on literature for The New York Review of Books, on travel for the Financial Times, and on global culture and the news for Time, The New York Times, and magazines around the world.
 
Published August 31, 2011 by Vintage. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Travel, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A delectable smorgasbord of bite-size travel details and large truths that offer a taste of the global world to come.

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A swirl of locations, time zones and cultures marks Iyer's (Video Night in Katmandu) breathless look at today's world, where borders are passed through as quickly as an airport gift shop. To the autho

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Iyer has known the Dalai Lama, spiritual and political leader of Tibet, for more than 30 years, thanks to a long-ago connection between the writer's father, an Oxford don born in India, and a young Dalai Lama.

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Pico Iyer's multicultural upbringing as an Indian, an American, and an Englishman makes him a perfect tour guide through a world of fusions and confusions.

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India Today

The Global SoulBy Pico Iyer Alfred KnopfPrice: Rs 895Pages: 303This epigraph in the new Pico Iyer comes from one of the most epigraphed of philosophers: "Philosophy is really homesickness: the wish to be everywhere at home."

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