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Dragons on the Roof

Unravelling Vietnam


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An ideal companion for those who want more than a guidebook, for those who wish to dig a bit deeper into this enigmatic country. Journalist and travel writer Carol Howland was so beguiled by Vietnam and saw it changing so fast that she rushed back to spend a year, travelling the length of this long, thin country - to capture its traditional culture before it disappears. Delving into this two thousand-year-old civilization, she meets a man who creates 'antique' Buddhist statues, a woman who 'sculpts' royal banquets, the aged manservant of the last dowager queen and one of the men who might have become emperor - if Vietnam still had an emperor. She leads us through the palaces of the last imperial capital, now a World Heritage Site, and takes us backstage at Hanoi's classical opera and the traditional water puppet theatre. The writer penetrates Vietnam's traditional culture in a friendly, bemused and insightful way, through the stories and the lives of the people and the cultural leaders she met.

Author Biography

Carol Howland is a travel writer who has published articles in British newspapers and magazines on destinations throughout the world - Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Formerly a feature writer on a national magazine and a regular contributor to a dozen British newspapers, early in her career she wrote and revised guidebooks. Entranced by a visit to Vietnam, she left a job as editor of a magazine to spend a year exploring the country's rich cultural heritage. She now divides her time between homes in the UK and France.
Release date Australia
January 30th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Mynah Bird Books
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