Destination Cambodia

Destination Cambodia

Adventures in the Kingdom

Book - 2013
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Meet taxi drivers, writers, hip hop stars, and monks on a colorful adventure to an extraordinarily beautiful country, and one of the world's hottest new destinations

The ancient and mysterious ruins of Cambodia have long captured the imagination of visitors, more so now than ever before. Here, Walter Mason charts an affectionate, intimate, and deeply personal look at a Kingdom that has drawn him back again and again since his youth. Whether he's watching young monks recite the Buddha's life stories, visiting shamans and fortune tellers, or discovering the darker alleys of Phnom Penh with a romantic novelist and a world-weary street hustler, Walter takes the reader straight to the heart of this famously unknowable country. As heat, dust, and weariness take their toll, he remains alive to the charms, and even seductions, of a place that was once a byword for misery and human suffering. This book takes readers on a joyful and constantly fascinating literary journey in which Cambodia is vibrant and its people excited about the future, while never denying their haunted past.

Publisher: Crows Nest, New South Wales :, Allen & Unwin,, 2013, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781742376622
Branch Call Number: 915. 96 MAS
Characteristics: xvi, 266 pages ; 20 cm

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tonyalanjeffers
Aug 27, 2015

The Library Journal review above is very good and right on ;but, it and the description leave out a very important detail.
They should read: " Join Intrepid GAY traveller Walter Mason. His gayness is a very important part of this book yet neither the description nor the Library Journal review even hint at this.
Walter is very open about being gay and having gay motivations in some of his activities he even states that his main reason to go to Cambodia was to meet Mak a Cambodian writer that had dared to include gay Cambodian characters in his new book.
The publisher and the Library Journal are remiss in their failure to mention Walter's gayness in their descriptions.
Weather you are gay or straight this book is superb if you want to get a feel for the real Cambodia from a western prospective please read it you won't be disappointed.
Also not mentioned in the Library Journal review is that Walter reveals that a common delicacy often enjoyed by rural Cambodians is marijuana soup. While Cambodia has stiff penalties for growing marijuana agriculturally and attempting to smuggle it across the border the herb does grow wild in the countryside; and is gathered by the local folks for both cooking and medicine.
Walter describes how well he sleeps during his frequent visits to the country after eating this delicious soup.
The descriptions also neglect that most of Walter's stories in this book are absolutly hilarious; some how he even finds amusement in the Killing Fields. So be prepared for some good laughing.

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