Due to an editing error, the meaning of a passage was changed in a July 24 Book World review of Surviving the Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese in the Far East, 1942-45. The passage should have read:
"Within five months after Pearl Harbor, more than 50,000 British and Australians in Singapore, 52,000 Dutch and British in Java and 25,000 Americans in the Philippines had fallen into Japanese hands -- a total of 132,142 Fepows. Most spent the next three and a half years in prison camps, where 27 percent of them died (compared to 4 percent of Allied prisoners of the Germans)." (Published 7/31/05)
BOOK: "The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel," by Rachael Antony and Joel Henry (Lonely Planet, $18)
TARGET AUDIENCE: People willing to give travel an extra dimension.
Lonely Planet, the preeminent guidebook publisher for the backpacking set, here challenges conceptions of what travel is, offering 40 ways to see the world differently, each with its own experimental protocols. In "Synchronised Travel," people in different cities follow the same set of directions (walk north until you see something blue, then turn left and walk 50 paces . . .), take notes and confer about how it went. In "Anachronistic Adventure," they travel via an outmoded transportation mode -- sedan chairs, perhaps. In another, the traveler wears a horse costume. The point is getting you to notice usually-overlooked things as routines are upset.
Or at least in theory. Each proposal is accompanied by "laboratory results," and that's where the book often falters. Many of the promising ideas are lamely executed. There's a lot of "I was planning to go to China but there was this real mean dog outside my door and. . . . "
Still, you've got to like "Ero Tourism": You and your love go separately to an unfamiliar place and see if you can meet "by chance" and fall in love at second sight.
-- Jerry V. Haines