VIEW TO THE SOUTHEAST by Santha Rama Rau

VIEW TO THE SOUTHEAST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

With no purpose in mind except pleasure, Miss Rau (accompanied by her husband, son and a friend) revisited the exotic lands of Southeastern Asia described in East of Home. The fascination of this area lies in its unmitigated comprehension of hundreds of languages, all religions, foods, art, theatre, dance, architecture and customs. Including Indonesia, Burma, the Philippines, Ceylon, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, the Southeast is a collection, rather than a fusion, of racial stock and each place has its own distinction. Informally, Miss Rau describes the contrarieties of Manila; Vietnam with its tragic aftermath of war; the red earth of Cambodia; the appealing character of Laotians; the happy people of Bali and the optimism of Laos. She summarizes pertinent historical roots and tells of the legends and festivals anciently derived. Unfortunately, she seems to have lost some of that warm personal touch which makes a travelogue an experience. Her popularity, however, will buttress the book- an outgrowth of a series of articles for Holiday Magazine.

Publisher: Harper