This is the remarkable story of James Lee who, starting in 1895, spent 20 years pursuing all the pleasures and dangers that the Far East had to offer A twilight world of ports, red light districts,drug dens and secret chambers of vice from Aden to Kyoto....
|Title||:||The Underworld of the East: Being Eighteen Years' Actual Experiences of the Underworlds, Drug Haunts and Jungles of India, China and the Malay Arc|
|Publisher||:||Green Magic paperback softback edition January 1, 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||194 pages|
|File Size||:||893 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Underworld of the East: Being Eighteen Years' Actual Experiences of the Underworlds, Drug Haunts and Jungles of India, China and the Malay Arc Reviews
has many interesting adventures along the way. The time period was around 1900 when narcotics and cocaine were readily available and he investigates these and also plants indigenous to the Orient where he lived and worked. He discovered one remedy he called "the elixir of life" that he developed after he had traded opium to the natives for plants they considered medicinal. A fascinating glimpse into the past and an interesting story of the man's life, work, travels and adventures. I've read and re-read this book and am going to loan it to some friends for their enjoyment. It is an easy read with many short chapters and a conversational style of storytelling. Highly Recommended. Tom Williams reporting. Enjoy!
This is not just a great book if you are into the history of drugs, it is also a fascinating account of how the Victorians saw the rest of the world.James Lee (a distant relative of mine, so perhaps I am not impartial) was a mining engineer who married an Indian woman - they came back to settle in the UK.