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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 SinghRajput on November 24, 2011 at 10:50pm
Comment by Terence Baker on October 28, 2011 at 8:14pm

Thanks for the recommendation, Cara. Kauai is among the most beautiful places I have ever been, if not the most beautiful. I am off to France and Italy at the end of next week and have been saving Eric Newby's A Small Place in Italy. He is among my favourite travel writers. I am sure you realise that the English under Captain James Cook named the Hawaiian Islands the Sandwich Islands, after the voyage's patron, the Earl of Sandwich, one of whom also gave his name for a popular snack of something placed between two slices of bread.

Comment by Cara Bertoia on October 28, 2011 at 4:58pm

I love books that tell a great story but I want to learn something at the same time. I knew that since Tripatini member Linda Ballou was a travel writer that I would learn about Hawaii but what I didn't realize is that she is a beautiful writer. This story takes place at the time in history where the Hawaiians are introduced to the Europeans as seen from the Hawaiian viewpoint. It is a story about a strong woman living in a country warlike country. Just get that picture of peaceful Hawaiians out of your head. She weaves a tale that keeps you intrigued all the way to the end. This is a great read about a fierce heroine. In fact, I liked the story so much I asked Linda to do an interview for my blog.  Follow this link to read her interview. http://thebesttravelnovels.blogspot.com/2011/10/travel-to-hawaii-wi...

 

Comment by Terence Baker on September 25, 2011 at 1:09pm
Golly. I just finished reading Rebecca West's massive opus Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia, which comes in at an arm-breaking 1,150 pages. It is worth it, though. The scenery is lovingly and richly described, and the simmering tensions (often to explode) in the region, from Macedonia to the east to Slovenia in the west, are picked apart and related. These troubles as you know are millenia in the making, the region the pawn of empires such as the Ottoman, Roman and Austro-Hungarian and at times the strategic interest of the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Venetian Republic. Written in the late 30s, just before European war broke out again, the writing in this book was on the wall, so to speak. And of course we all remember the breakup of Yugoslavia and the many years of civil and regional warfare. Fantastic book, but brace yourself for the long haul.
Comment by Cara Bertoia on September 21, 2011 at 2:11am
Here is the link to tge Kindle version of my book at Daily Cheap Reads, it was featured on Sep. 20th. 
 
A fun read Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships featured today at Daily Cheap Reads http://dailycheapreads.com/2011/09/20/cruise-quarters-a-novel-about... 
This is also a great site to find out about new books of all types.
Thanks Cara Bertoia
 
Thanks Cara Bertoia
 
Comment by Cara Bertoia on August 26, 2011 at 6:45pm
Dear Travel Book members,
I am starting a new blog, The Best Travel Novels. If you have a novel set in a far away land and would like to be featured please let me know.
http://thebesttravelnovels.blogspot.com/  This is the link to the blog.
Georgina Young-Ellis a fellow Tripatini member is my first interview, please check out her post about writing The Time Baroness.
Thanks
Cara B
Comment by Ed Wetschler on June 6, 2011 at 7:55am
Terry, I'm in Maine, arguably the antithesis of the Grand Canyon, but I'm amazed by your story. I'm also flummoxed by the challenge of finding a really good book about the Grand Canyon. You probably already saw the following link. Moreover, I'm not sure it'll fill the need. But just in case...http://www.grandcanyonassociation.org/grand_canyon_bookstore_featur...
Comment by Terence Baker on June 5, 2011 at 4:56pm

My friend Alex and I just did a pretty mad thing. On May 21 (the day the world was supposed to have ended, remember?), we completed in 15 hours a run from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the South Rim...and back. It involved 42.2 miles and a net elevation of 10,360 feet. One of the most wonderful things I've done, but in parts the most hellish, too. The five miles from Roaring Springs back to the North Rim was a gruelling hike that I thought would never end, but with hindsight (as I believe is the case with most travel), the endeavour becomes even more wonderful.

Which leads me to my question. I have just finished reading Travelers' Tales: Grand Canyon--Tales From Below the Rim, but it is inconsistent, mainly as there are many contributors and a little too much flowery language..."I left the canyon, but the canyon never leaves you...", that kind of awfulness.

So, does anyone have a recommendation of a book on the Grand Canyon that really passes the test of time and good literature?

Comment by Sam Scribe on May 5, 2011 at 10:07pm
Quite a recommendation, Terence. I'll have to get ahold of this.
Comment by Terence Baker on May 5, 2011 at 9:54pm

Currently reading Norman Lewis' collection of travel essays, A View of the World. Lewis, who passed away at the age of 95 in 2003, is one of the finest, if not the finest, travel writers ever to come out of the United Kingdom, and there is some competition there. Try and pick up a copy of this for writing on banditti in Sardinia; Cuba in the age of Hemingway, Fleming and Castro; Naples; Ibiza; taking Cossacks back to Central Asia to a very grim future during World War II...and after all his adventures he went back to a small farmhouse in rural Essex.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1436803/Norman-Lewis.html

 

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