Inspired by the legend of a 5th-century Buddhist monk who crossed the Pacificand visited the Americas, Gary Geddes set out on a journey that took him fromKingdom of Ten Thousand Things takes itstitle from a Chinese term for the scope and wonders of life—full of adventure,philosophy and excitement. Compelling and richly comic, this is the nationallybestselling story of a remarkable odyssey.
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GARY GEDDES is a poet, writer, editor and critic. He has written and edited more than 30 books, including the bestselling Sailing Home, and won over a dozen national and international awards, among them theAmericas Best Book Award and the Gabriela Mistral Prize. Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things will be published in the US in Spring 2007 by Sterling Books. Most recently, Geddes was Distinguished Professor of Canadian Culture at Western Washington University. He lives in Sooke, British Columbia. Visit him online at www.garygeddes.ca.From Booklist :
The distance between Kabul, Afghanistan, and Chiapas, Mexico, is 5,000 miles. Geddes undertook a journey between those two points to retrace the voyage of Huishen, a fifth-century Buddhist monk who fled from Kabul to China to escape persecution from the White Huns. Huishen then sailed from China to the Americas in AD 458 and returned in AD 499. Geddes traveled by jets, buses, taxis, pickup trucks, trains, donkeys, camels, ferries, a container ship, and several small river launches through 12 countries, and the 18-month trip took him through war zones, a desert, a jungle, mountain passes, floods, ancient ruins, and muskeg bogs. He met Pakistani dissidents, Tibetan monks, hustlers, sightseers, Afghan refugees, and Buddhist scholars, as well as many working poor people who helped him along the way. Geddes has written and edited 30 books and several literary anthologies, and the richly detailed travel essays gathered here will take readers on an unforgettable journey without ever leaving home. George Cohen
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Description du livre Phyllis Bruce Books Perennial, 2006. État : Very Good. First Paperback Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. N° de réf. du libraire GRP86333847
Description du livre Phyllis Bruce Books Perennial. Paperback. État : Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. N° de réf. du libraire G0006391567I3N00
Description du livre HarperCollins Publishers, Toronto, Canada, 2006. Soft cover. État : Fine. 1st Ed. Thus. xiv+332pp. Pictorial covers, b/w illust., maps, p.s. Light shelf wear o/w F. In this 50,000- mile journey through Afghanistan, Himalayas, the Taklamakan Desert, and China, Geddes follows the trail of Huishen, the Afghan monk who fled from Kabul to China 1,000 years before Columbus. Sacred, profane, disturbing, and richly comic, Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things is a cornucopia of adventure, philosophy, humour, and hearsay. Size: Octavo. Book. N° de réf. du libraire 000208
Description du livre Phyllis Bruce Books Perennial, 2006. Paperback. État : Very Good. A Good Read ships from Toronto and Niagara Falls, NY - customers outside of North America please allow two to three weeks for delivery. Rubbing on edges. Remainder mark on bottom edge. ; 7.90 X 5.30 X 1 inches; 368 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 129968
Description du livre Harper Perennial, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2006. First softcover edition. This copy is SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the first blank page: "For D____ with fond regards, Gary Geddes." A Fine, brand new copy. N° de réf. du libraire 7100