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Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails

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Adventure traveler James Dorsey takes readers around the world to not only explore ancient trails, but to help immerse readers in the old traditions of lands that seem to be disappearing in the modern world. This book of short stories takes readers on a descriptive journey through parts of Asia, Africa and South America. "James Dorsey is no ordinary travel writer. In this remarkable book, ranging from Southeast Asia to West Africa, he takes us inside tribal cultures that many readers will be surprised to learn still exist. The author's sincere fascination with remote lands and the ancient practices of their inhabitants often makes him as much participant as observer. That a 21st-century man could yet invoke the spirit of a Stanley or a Shackleton makes "Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails" all the more a must-read." - Dick Russell, author of "Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage from Baja to Siberia."
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  • By FRANK NELSON aDKINS
    Sep 19, 2014
    Admittedly, I am no explorer. let alone a traveler. I can barely handle anything that removes me from my comfort zone of the customary and usual. So, who am I to even dare to critique James Dorsey’s collection of essays in this latest book “Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails: Memories from far off the Beaten Path.” That question reveals what is so wonderful about these collection of memories. James Dorsey is not a presumptuous type of author. He avoids the temptation of self-aggrandizement and societal chauvinism and presents his travels through eyes that are truly objective. If he had a creed to travel by it would be to “leave well enough alone and do not judge or compare;” a lofty goal to be sure, but one which the traveler Dorsey meets and exceeds. I say exceeds since the temptation to criticize other cultural traditions, politics and the violence that existed there must be great. Mr. Dorsey’s humanity is best revealed, in my opinion, in his stories of Angkor Wat and the Theravada... More > monks. In particular, the story of "Pan" whose humility is unique especially when contrasted with the violence propogated by the Khmer Rouge. His stories of Akira and the de-mining efforts focuses on the work of those who devote themselves like Buddist monks to their own form of monasticism. He observes: “This team has chosen a life of self-denial that is almost as monastic as the saffron robed monks their country is known for.” I am in the middle of my second reading of this subtle telling of tales of other cultures. I can only urge that everyone pick-up a copy of this book and accept Mr. Dorsey's invitation to join him in his travels; you will not be disappointed and learn , as I did, that the world is truly a remarkable place. Thank you Mr. Dorsey for opening my eyes and my heart to those people who one day may vanish altogether from the world.< Less
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ISBN
9781312440104
Published
August 16, 2014
Language
English
File Format
ePub
File Size
2.8 MB

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