All Asia, country by country
That's it, I fell for this book, spotted without the showcase of the Travel Bookstore, Rennes: "All Asia, country by country" Lonely Planet editions.

All Asia, country by country

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I've been coveting this book for days. Its title, in big letters on a blue background, caught my eye: All Asia, country by country. Yesterday, on the return of a report, while I went back to the Travel Bookstorein Rennes, I cracked. And I did well.

All Asia, country by country
That's it, I fell in love with this book, spotted without the window of the Librairie du Voyage, in Rennes: "Toute l'Asie, pays par pays" (All Asia, country by country) published by Lonely Planet.

I plunged in with delight. It is a large format book, but Lonely Planet had the good idea to do it in soft cover, for the French edition, which makes it easy to handle, leaf through.

The photos are so beautiful, that you start turning the pages at length, as soon as you have it in your hands. A superb invitation to travel through images! From Bhutan to South Korea, from India to Thailand, from Iran to Papua, from Nepal to Japan, it is Asia in the broadest sense that we explore.

Judicious choice was made to put men at the heart of the illustrations. There is often a look to hang yours, which makes the pages very lively. A kid suspended between blue sky and white sand on a rudimentary swing in the Philippines, saleswomen in front of their garlands of yellow flowers in Kathmandu, Chinese monks in scarlet dress frozen in full swing in front of a basketball hoop, peasant farmers transplanting rice in Laos , face ravished by the life of an old man in East Timor ...

The layout is sober, clear and neat. About thirty authors collaborated on the book. The texts go straight to the point, give historical and social landmarks, teach you a lot of tricks or refresh your memory, depending on your knowledge of this or that country. The book is subtitled "Reasons to leave"... As if I needed it!


And then, there are maps (I love geography) and mythical roads (like in my article on the day before yesterday on the interactive world map WanderLust). As well as a series of fascinating thematic articles at the end of the book. Small excerpt:

The word Asia has different meanings for everyone. ...] There are, however, certain themes that conceptually unify Asia. We have highlighted several of them in the essays at the end of this book: the profound spirituality of a region, the cradle of all the world's major religions; the importance of environments and their influence on lifestyles and traditions; the endless creativity of a pop culture that delights the world on screens, on the airwaves and in the streets; and the tradition of adventurous travel that inspired this continent long before Marco Polo, which was revived by hippies and their backpacks, and is still very much in vogue.

In short, there is something to read and travel and dream. The book, which has just been released, costs less than 30 €. I think you get what you pay for, as the other person would say. What to occupy nicely the long winter evenings, waiting for the next departure.


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  1. Slim then ... You've already offered it ... Would not there be another one that would make you want for your birthday? !! Kisses!

  2. Hélène, je suis désolé, je ne devrais pas mettre ce genre d’ouvrage en vitrine sachant que Corinne y passe fréquemment… 😳

  3. @ Thib: It is far, still, Christmas ... Although. In Singapore, you have some
    heures d’avance. 😀
    @ Marie-Net: Ça, je dois dire qu’ils savent y faire… 🙄
    @ Helen: Bah… Je vais bien trouver une autre idée. Je te dirai! 🙂
    @ Pac ': Bon, ben, la prochaine fois, je change de trottoir! 😆

  4. It is obviously very attractive, and it is an understatement; I will crack too during my next visit to Rennes, I will say hello to Ulysses!

    By the way, does this concept exist for other continents, All South America, country by country. for example?

  5. The bookstore is Arianenot Ulysses (though!).

    I think I remember that the concept is also adapted for Europe, in the English edition. I'm going to search the web to see if Lonely Planet has extended it to the Latin American continent (which I know dear to your heart) and I'll tell you that.

  6. Bon, et bien, je me permets de répondre alors, en tant que Libraire du Voyage 😉
    Unfortunately, only (and it is already not so bad) Africa, Asia and Europe are concerned by this kind of book ... All in English, except for Asia ...
    La suite viendra je l’espère… mais je n’ai pas d’infos ! 🙁
    Lonely Planet publishes a book of this kind on all the countries of the world, which is modestly called "Little Bible" but it is much, much less detailed than the books devoted to the continents ...
    There you are ...

  7. Merci Pascal! 🙂

    What happiness, web networks ... The answer comes directly, provided by a pro! I have not yet had the opportunity to browse this collection "Little Bible of the great traveler". I'll have to take a look for destinations that interest me.