The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home (Anglais) Broché – 13 mars 2001
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Beginning in Los Angeles International Airport, where town life?shops, services, sociability?is available without a town, Pico Iyer takes us on a tour of the transnational village our world has become. From Hong Kong, where people actually live in self-contained hotels, to Atlanta's Olympic Village, which seems to inadvertently commemorate a sort of corporate universalism, to Japan, where in the midst of alien surfaces his apartment building is called "The Memphis," Iyer ponders what the word "home" can possibly mean in a world whose face is blurred by its cultural fusion and its alarmingly rapid rate of change.
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Iyer's book was quite useful to me because I've always been a global soul at heart. I love to travel and experience new cultures, and I feel at home in lots of different places. A few of my friends understand this because they too love to travel, etc. But many other people I know have a hard time understanding why I can't unpack my bags and stay in one place. The book gave me some clues to my own vagabonding.
Reading Iyer's book gave me insight into the dichotomy between these two diverse groups of people. The book inspires me to encourage others to explore their own inner "global soul"--there's no better way to create world harmony than by knowing more about the vast types of people who inhabit it.
Additionally, Iyer's prose, while often terrific, lapses about a thousand too many times into a simple (and simplistic) juxtaposition of adjectives to demonstrate our new global reality: "a Chinese girl eating American apple pie wearing Italian Adidas shoes made in India...jeepers, isn't the world one big place now!" (This is hopefully obvious as a paraphrase) But these descriptions float by without attendant analysis, which makes me question Iyer's journalistic chops. Too often it appears we are simply looking at the surface of reality through his eyes, without gaining insight into the phenomena boiling under the surface.