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November 14, 2003
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Planet's upcoming travel literature release, “The Kindness of Strangers”,
is a celebration of the unexpected acts of kindness that can occur on
Each tale in “The Kindness of Strangers” embodies one of travel's richest and most hopeful lessons: that at heart, people around the planet care for each other and want to be good to each other. In this time of global divisiveness and distrust, this is an especially urgent and powerful message to spread.
These tales portray a wide range of adventures -- some poignant and others funny, some life-threatening and others mundane -- set in locations around the globe. In each of the tales a stranger comes to the aid of a traveller in need of help.
Chez Panisse founder and mega-star chef Alice Waters describes a meager but life-changing meal offered by a boy in rural Turkey. Thomas Cook Travel Book Award winner Stanley Stewart uncovers peace and generosity in the heart of war-ravaged Uganda. Kindness strikes Tim Chaill when he tracks a rare tiger on the Turkish border with Iraq, and Dave Eggers when he tries to give away a motley collection of currencies in Copenhagen. For Simon Winchester, it is personified in and English vicar and his wife on a remote Atlantic island; for Jan Moris, it's a bedraggled senior citizen who comes to her rescue in Leningrad. Sometimes the kindness connection is fused with humor, as Carolyn Swindell discovers when she tries to buy a pair of suitable Argentinean underwear. And sometimes it arrives in a more threatening guise, as Jeff Greenwald realises when he embarks on a joy ride through the Southwest with an odd couple -- who turn out to be much more dangerous than he dreamed.
George explains the inspiring and timely theme of
most striking manifestation of kindness is certainly the kindness of
strangers. We generally expect our friends and relatives to be kind,
just as we are not in the least surprised when our sworn enemies are
beastly. But when we are befriended in misfortune by people we have
never in our lives seen before, then we may see kindness most suggestively
displayed, as though these small actions represent the vast, mostly
untapped potential of the emotion.
know, you are a very, very lucky man indeed. Lucky to be in such a place.
Lucky to see such things. And luckiest of all to meet such very kind
people. I envy you. Everyone must envy you. Wherever would you be --
have you ever wondered? -- without all their kindness, and without all
George, the Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications, has
been a pioneering travel writer and editor for more than two decades,
writes the Traveller at Large column for www. Lonely Planet. com and
frequently appears ad a travel expert in print and on radio and TV.
In 25 years of wandering, Don has visited more than 70 countries and
published more than 600 articles in newspapers and magazines around
the globe. He has edited several travel anthologies, most recently “A
House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad” (Lonely Planet, 2002), and has
won numerous awards for his writing and editing.
Source: Lonely Planet