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East by West: a Journey in the Recess

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In "East by West: a Journey in the Recess", Henry W. Lucy takes readers on a captivating journey through various regions in the East. The book is a collection of travel essays that provide an insightful glimpse into the culture, traditions, and landscapes of the countries Lucy visits.

Lucy's writing is engaging and descriptive, allowing readers to feel as though they are right there with him as he explores the bustling streets of India, the serene temples of Japan, and the majestic landscapes of China. His vivid descriptions bring each destination to life, making it easy to envision the sights, sounds, and smells of each place.

One of the standout features of the book is Lucy's thoughtful reflections on the people he meets along the way. From local villagers to fellow travelers, Lucy offers poignant insights into the human experience and the universal connections that bind us all together.

Overall, "East by West: a Journey in the Recess" is a beautifully written and thought-provoking travelogue that will appeal to readers who have a love for adventure and a desire to explore the diverse cultures of the East. Lucy's passion for travel and his keen observations make this book a true delight to read.

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East by West: a Journey in the Recess is an account of British journalist Henry Lucy's travels across America and on to the Far East during the parliamentary recess in 1883.

Lucy was one of the most influential journalists of his day and, as "Toby M.P.", a noted humorist in Punch magazine. His acute powers of observation and light touch make this a most engaging book. It is a fascinating insight into the Englishman's travels abroad within two decades of the American Civil War and the end of Japanese isolationism.

This is the first of two volumes covering his journey with his wife. This first volume includes his travels in America and in Japan, including the Atlantic and Pacific crossings by steamer. Volume II, which I hope to record later, continues his experiences in Japan and India, returning home via Aden and the Suez Canal. (Introduction by Ruth Golding)


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