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So much of our travels can be enjoyed through the prism of literature. Some writers are intrinsically connected to a destination--e.g., Gabriel García Márquez with northern Colombia; Thomas Hardy with Dorset, R.K. Narayan with Madras.

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Comment by Maureen Blevins on July 15, 2014 at 4:24pm

If you are near Chicago, take a visit to Oak Park, the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. The home and the Hemingway museum are just a block apart!

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Comment by Terence Baker on June 23, 2013 at 5:45am

Reading the poet Simon Armitage's "Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way," his walk along the 296-mile Pennine Way from the Scottish border to Edale, Derbyshire. He put together 20 poetry readings along the route to fund the trip, to which the attendance to some was heartening, to others paltry amid the usual British weather. A very nice read that mixes real literature -- poetry no less -- with a good ol' walk through some of the most beautiful, often forlorn and empty, countryside of Europe.

The entire British footpath system -- one of our pride and joys -- was started in 1936 in Edale when a group of ramblers purposely trespassed on land in order to force the reopening of what was always a public right of way, and their actions resulted in the opening of 10,000s of such miles and footpaths. 

Comment by Allie McCoy on June 5, 2013 at 2:34pm

I have not read the Sherry books. Thank you for the recommendation of England Made Me. You are the first person I've "known" who has actually read it, and now I hope to read it. 

Comment by Terence Baker on June 5, 2013 at 12:59pm

Just finished a novel by the superlative Graham Greene that I did not know existed, a very early novel called England Made Me set in Stockholm, Sweden. We know of Greene living and writing (and he always got to these places before the proverbial s**t hit the fan) in Vietnam, Cuba, Haiti, Liberia, Mexico, etc., but not pedestrian Sweden. It's a wonderful read, published three years before his breakthrough Brighton Rock, and full of Greene's brilliant summations of character. How about this for one: "...their faces old and unlined and pencilled in brilliant colours, like the illumination of an ancient missal carefully preserved under glass with the same page always turned to visitors." The novel also sometimes goes by the name The Shipwrecked. The novel is dedicated "To Vivien with Ten Years' Love 1925-1935"...and if anyone has read Norman Sherry's first two volumes of his Life of Graham Greene they will know of the pain behind those few words. I cannot bring myself to finish the third volume as it was universally panned for being more about Sherry than it was about Greene. Anyone read that particular volume?

Comment by Ed Wetschler on May 15, 2013 at 11:10am

Aha. That's key.

Comment by Terence Baker on May 15, 2013 at 10:51am

...and do not forget travelling, too, Ed. The secret is, perhaps, that I often forget to take my keys with me, but never a book.

Comment by Ed Wetschler on May 15, 2013 at 10:23am

Good question, Terry, and London Orbital sounds like another Baker recommendation that I'm putting on my to-read list. How you manage to find time to read so much (and run, and have a pint, etc.) continues to astonish and humiliate me. 


Comment by Terence Baker on May 15, 2013 at 10:01am

Picked up again Iain Sinclair's London Orbital, and it is a wonderful read into the corners of London and the tight corners of almost forgotten history -- and how that glorious history is so often squashed beneath developers' brochure copywriting crimes. It reminds me a great deal of another fantastic read -- W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, about a walk in Suffolk, England. Sebald was touted for the Nobel Prize for Literature before a car crash ended his life. Why is it that so many writers get hit by vehicles -- Albert Camus, Nathaneal West, Italo Svevo (the ones coming immediately to mind). Walking around with their heads in the air?

Comment by Vicky Picks on April 23, 2013 at 9:51am

Reply to Terence Baker: No, Slad is in the southern part of Gloucestershire.  It is in an area of valleys to the north of Bath.  There is plenty of cider in the UK outside Somerset :)




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