Crescent Moon Over Laos by Mark BoyterCrescent Moon Over Laos by Mark Boyter

Crescent Moon Over Laos

byMark Boyter

Paperback | May 1, 2014

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Mark Boyter's Crescent Moon Over Laos is a true account travel narrative of an eighteen-day journey in Laos just months after the country had been re-opened to Western travel after ten years being closed. For Boyter, after three years living and travelling in Asia, Laos was a setting both familiar and foreign, comforting and disquieting. About to return to a North America three years removed from familiarity, Boyter leaves behind an Asia that had grown into "home" and dances on the edge of a new love relationship, but Laos was the lynch pin that tied these worlds together. Written in journal form, Crescent Moon Over Laos is a voyage of discovery that unfolds in the parallel stories of an emerging soul and a re-emerging country. It is about Laos and it is about a traveler: a novella in non-fiction. On the surface, Crescent Moon Over Laos follows the simple story of the traveler. But like an elaborate wrought-iron fence, the story filigrees off into tangential questions and observations of ethics, of personal place in the world and of self; of Asia, of Buddhism, and of travel; and of love and relationships, both with others and with ourselves. What begins as a travel memoir ends as a discussion of life and of what it means to be human.
Title:Crescent Moon Over LaosFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 1, 2014Publisher:Promontory PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927559383

ISBN - 13:9781927559383

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyable A brilliant travel story that manages to combine both a physical journey through a mysterious country and a spiritual journey toward inner peace.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyable Mark Boyter manages, with language both spare and elegant, to take his reader not only on a trip through the mysterious land of Laos, but also on a trip into awakened spirituality. Both are equally fascinating, and I had trouble putting this book down.
Date published: 2016-05-27