River of Time – Jon Swain Inspires
Having recently finished Jon Swain’s superb River of Time, I have been left buzzing with excitement for the road ahead and my impending travels in South East Asia. In just over a month now I will fly to Saigon where Swain was based for much of his works as a journalist and his descriptions of Indochina are simple, direct and mesmerizing. The book documents the authors early years as a war reporter in S.E.Asia. He lives close to the action and witnesses the sad disintegration of Vietnam and Cambodia in the aftermath of the US withdrawal in 1975. A fearless reporter, he writes from the thick of the action, about the pain, suffering and displacement of those he has grown to know and love. His work carries him through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam with the Mekong River at the very heart of the story.
‘A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.’
Henry David Thoreau