Belongs to the Halliburton-Fleming debunking school, with occasional flashes of the Farson flavor. Travel in the Near East, the Malayan peninsula, Australia, the South Seas, etc. Bits of humor -- tongue in cheek -- the insistent refrain of ""escapology"" becomes a bit monotonous. Full of human interest bits, anecdotal material, fantastic side adventure with a mad woman who plans a pearl hunting voyage -- romance on the side. Philosophy of youth and disillusionment give it definite young intellectual appeal.