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  • A well researched travel memoir on the Far East

    A fascinating, well researched, and at times shocking travel memoir detailing the economic, social, and historical workings behind observations made while traveling through Southeast Asia and East Asia. A recommended read for any traveler or backpacker who has been or plans on going to that region of the world.

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  • An eye-opening journey through the Far East

    I finished reading this book two weeks ago and still find myself thinking about it. It's a personal journey through Asia that really sticks with you. It's a humorous, adventurous, and very real story of what it's like for a traveler (a backpacker) to face unexpected challenges while also discovering so much beauty in the people of each nation, their culture ... while also grappling with the horrors of labor exploitation by Western and Eastern people and nations over the past few decades. An eye-opening read that just stays with you.

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  • Great travelogue, easy to read and enjoy

    Great travelogue, easy to read and enjoy. Composto provides interesting, entertaining stories about his traveling adventures, and some details about his life, perspectives, and insights on the economic workings of some of the nations he visited. He is bright, funny, honest, and a strong writer. The majority of the book is centered on Southeast Asia and China, but you can see Domenico begin to burnout as he enters Europe after several months of backpack travel. I would have liked to see him develop the European part of the journey - perhaps he will in another volume!

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  • One of the best travel books about Southeast Asia

    One of the best travel books I've read about Southeast and East Asia. It's interesting on many levels: cultural and archaeological explorations, historical, political and economic explanations ... a snapshot of Asian nations in the throes of significant economic and social change. It's also beautifully written, and relevant to understanding China, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia today. It's an extraordinary journey and read for any backpacking traveler.

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  • An intensely, detailed and engaging read

    This book is incredibly interesting. It details the author's journey through Southeast Asia and East Asia; and what an incredible solo adventure! It's a heavily researched non-fiction book, but it does have some works of fiction (a steampunk short story based on Shanghai and a dystopian short story). The author's accounts of what he discovers, finds, and reflects upon are fascinating, true, and inspiring. This book inspired me to do more, to experience more, to live more, to travel more. I recommend this book to anybody. Even if you're not a fan of Domenico's sci-fi novel, you'll absolutely love this book. It's so interesting and informative (learned a bit about economics and the importance of archaeology and forensic science in documenting not only aspects of history, but documenting disputed acts of violence - Khmer Rouge Killing Fields and the Nanjing Massacre) and the fact that the stories are true add even more weight to the book.

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