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MONKS AND MOTORCYCLES: From Laos to London by the Seat of my Pants 1956-1958 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. September 2004

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In 1956, 22-year-old Frank Huffman embarks on a journey that will take him from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to the exotic Orient, and eventually around the world. In this fascinating tale of adventure, Huffman shares his experiences and emotions during two years as a French interpreter for a community development team on the Plain of Jars in Laos, Indochina. At the end of his tour in Laos, he buys a motorcycle and sets out for Europe, with only a National Geographic map of Asia and the optimism of youth as his guide. He takes us along for the ride as he * climbs the fabled Angkor Wat in Cambodia, * cycles up the road to Mandalay in Burma, * floats up the Chindwin River on a river boat, * is chased by a motorcycle-hating cow near the Taj Mahal, * participates in a mutiny on a ramshackle bus in the Pakistani desert, * thumbs his way across Iran to Turkey, and * carouses through Europe in a Simca with pilfered sleeping bags and C-rations. Throughout this marathon, Huffman offers keen insights on the culture and society of Laos and the some 25 countries he passes through, and also provides trenchant commentary on subsequent events in those countries.

Huffman's self-deprecatory humor and his undisputed mastery of the English language make Monks and Motorcycles a delightful read.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

As a Professor of Linguistics and Asian Studies at Yale and Cornell (1967-85) and a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (1985-99), Franklin E. Huffman has lived and traveled in some 80 countries of the world. He and his wife Sanda, a professional interpreter, live in Washington, D.C.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but more monks than motorcyles 28. März 2017
Von R. LaRue - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This is a very good travel book. It is written in retrospect and gives a good look at what it was like for a young American to live in and travel around southeast Asia (and some of Europe) in the early fifties. However, there is very little motorcycling in it. Our author is a good writer, a thoughtful observer, and an entertaining raconteur; but he is not a motorcyclist. He just happens to have done a part--a small part--of his travels on a bike. So if you are looking for motorcycle travel books in particular, this is not really one of them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book 12. Juni 2014
Von LL - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Wonderful adventure story written by a true scholar. We had the privilege of meeting the author who is now in his later years and he told us about his book so we had to read it and loved it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vicarious Adventures 18. März 2005
Von a. Nemoianu - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
When I finished reading Franklin Huffman's travelogue--with a whole section of interesting pictures, albeit a bit faded and just black-and-white--the first thought that came to my mind was: It is hard these days to conceive of a young American traveling as freely through the world, particularly in Asia, as this author (also well-known linguist and accomplished diplomat) did in the fifties. All the more reason to do it vicariously, by reading it, chapter by chapter, one more interestig than the other, and enjoying funny happenings, cross-cultural misunderstandings, lessons in ethnolinguistics, and lots of geography--the last maybe more needed now than ever. The style is direct and highly accessible; the lessons are far-ranging and memorable. For the impatient reader: Each chapter can be read separately, like a short-story taking place in a different place.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Authentic Adventure 22. Januar 2005
Von John B. Toker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book captivates a sense of adventure and transformation from the `every day' life into the enchantment of what can be. Each chapter fits as almost complete stories, which allows the power of events to happen at a timely pace. Normally, I read several hundred pages, for this type of genre, in a few hours. Monk's and Motorcycles is the sort of book that lends itself to reading a chapter at time. The author's ideas leave `food for thought.' This book reflects a sincere person who's able to convey how his life is today as it stands, partly, on the `shoulders of the lessons learned in the time that this story takes place.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An unforgetable adventure across Southeast Asia and beyond 3. März 2006
Von Tanner Cerand - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Monks and Motorcycles is unlike any other book I've read, before or since. A fascinating account of an unforgettable adventure across Southeast Asia and beyond, Monks and Motorcycles challenges readers to think that breath taking experiences the world over are just a motor cycle ride away. Masterfully written and powerfully affecting, Monks and Motorcycles is a gift to dreamers and travelers alike! Don't let it pass you by.
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