Traveling Man: Off the map, on the path

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Beyond the House of the False Lama: Travels with Monks, Nomads, and Outlaws

George Crane

San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005

320 pp.; $24.95 (cloth)

ONCE, WHILE IN THE Central Highlands of Vietnam, I met several Buddhist monks who invited me to visit their monastery in Dalat, a destination that had not even been on my original itinerary. The trip required some backtracking, permanently separating me from my traveling companions, but I went anyway. This is the joy of a peripatetic traveler: when an opportunity presents itself, you head wherever the wind happens to be blowing.

George Crane knows about wind.

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