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Fortune Teller Told Me Earthbound ebook

Fortune Teller Told Me Earthbound ebook

A thoroughly enjoyable book. Frankly I had not heard about this author before, but I enjoy reading travelogues, and something in the title and the cover photo attracted me towards the book. Terzani takes us through the exotic countries of Indo-China and Far-east, and always he has the same goal wherever he visits - to meet a local fortune-teller. The author is very sympathetic to the fortune tellers, even if they are charlatans. Throughout the book, he is a bit critical towards the monopoly and the materialistic culture of the Chinese in all these countries. Perhaps it is as a result of having been expelled from that country in the past.

Travelogues read even better when an author intersperses the narrative with vignettes from his own life, but this is missing in this book. The author takes a very impersonal view of the matter, and does not reveal too much about himself.

Almost all of the fortune tellers the author meets predicted that he would live long and be healthy, but now we know the sad story - the author died of a tumour at the age of 68.

I can't wait to locate and read his other travelogue through the defunct Soviet Union.

--Raghavan

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  • Melvin Winters says:

    I read this book travelling in China. I agree with many things the author writes about- especially how Asia is losing its "old world" charm due to a obsessive need to advance and that the change is mismanaged and distructive. I also agree that the Chinese are behind most of it. I too am a decendant of migrant Chinese workers now living in a developing country. The conflict between rapid development and preserving the past is one we constantly face.

    However, I do feel that the author, eventhough he has been living in Asia for decades and is so well travelled, he is still given a perspective of an outsider or (gwai lou- white devil). The reaction of the locals are still greatly influenced by that.

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  • Latisha Hickman says:

    This book works on so many levels--as a travel story, as historical and political lessons on SE Asia, as commentary on many of the world's religions, and as introspection on life's meaning and the pace and avarice of modern life. I learned an incredible amount about places I will probably never see, but enjoyed experiencing through Terzani's eyes. An absolute pleasure, highly recommended.

  • Shelia Johnston says:

    A thoroughly enjoyable book. Frankly I had not heard about this author before, but I enjoy reading travelogues, and something in the title and the cover photo attracted me towards the book. Terzani takes us through the exotic countries of Indo-China and Far-east, and always he has the same goal wherever he visits - to meet a local fortune-teller. The author is very sympathetic to the fortune tellers, even if they are charlatans. Throughout the book, he is a bit critical towards the monopoly and the materialistic culture of the Chinese in all these countries. Perhaps it is as a result of having been expelled from that country in the past.

    Travelogues read even better when an author intersperses the narrative with vignettes from his own life, but this is missing in this book. The author takes a very impersonal view of the matter, and does not reveal too much about himself.

    Almost all of the fortune tellers the author meets predicted that he would live long and be healthy, but now we know the sad story - the author died of a tumour at the age of 68.

    I can't wait to locate and read his other travelogue through the defunct Soviet Union.

    --Raghavan

  • Kyle Reed says:

    I read it first in Italian, the original language it was written. 'A fortune-teller told me' is an real life story, full of historical and cultural information. Very interesting, well written and very enriching! I would recommend to anyone traveling to the Far East to read it to fully understand the complexities of those cultures and make the most of their travel experience.

  • Eunice Drake says:

    What a story teller, and what a life this chap must have lived. I found his writing to be utterly entertaining and top notch. Terzani paints a wonderfully vivid picture of all the locales he visits, it makes you want to jump on the first plane to Asia to go and discover this amazing part of the planet.

  • Jonathan Solomon says:

    Great book. I love to read the authors point of view. I cannot say I agree with everything being a Chinese born in the region. However, he does have his points. His style is casual, entertaining and very personal. It was a joy to read. But no matter how long he has been in Asia, he is still an outsider and he sees it through an outsiders view. That said, perhaps we need an outsiders point of view.

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