Favorite "Travel" Books
I'm travelling this week, and it makes me think of books that involve travel or any kind of journey. My favorite one is E.M. Forster's A Room with a View in which a lovely young woman travels to Florence, Italy and falls in love. What's your favorite "travel" book -- and what's it about?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: It's about a boy who travels to find a treasure, and finds himself.
Aug 2, 2010 3:28 pm
I know it's not fiction, but John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley is up at the top of my list.
Aug 2, 2010 4:38 pm
On the Road by Jack Kerouac for sure. I just read it this past month and it blew my mind. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I couldn't stop reading.
Aug 2, 2010 7:17 pm
The Children of All Lands Stories by Madeline Brandeis. She wrote stories about children living all over Europe and in several areas of the United States, interweaving information about the geography, history and other things you'd expect to find in a travel guide. Each book had several photographs showing points of interest, and children and friends posing as the characters from the stories.
My mother gave me the ones she had, which were:
Shaun O'Day of Ireland
Little Farmer of the Midwest
Little Rose of the Mesa
Little Dutch Tulip Girl
Little Spanish Dancer
Little Jeanne of France
The Wee Scotch Piper
Little Swiss Wood Carver
There are several others, all published in the early part of the Twentieth Century. I'd love to someday own the full set.
Aug 2, 2010 9:46 pm
Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster /by Jon Krakauer. This book brought home to me the reality of climbing that high. He made me feel like I was there with him and his team braving the challenges and experiencing the thrill and adventure of the mountain. At 78 I know that I'll never be able to climb Everest, but then I'm not a true mountain climber, having only undertaken a reletively easy hike up that last 1000 feet of 11,000 foot Monarch Mountain, Colorado.
Aug 2, 2010 10:04 pm
Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love....the author eats her way through Italy, prays her way through India, and finds love in Indonisia.
Aug 3, 2010 6:19 pm
The Hobbit -- what a trip!
Aug 3, 2010 8:20 pm
The Razor’s Edge - W. Somerset Maugham
"I never spend more than one hour in a gallery. That is as long as one's power of appreciation persists."
Aug 4, 2010 3:10 pm
'In a Sunbred Country' - or really just any book by Bill Bryson. Something about his light humor and friendly writing style can make the whole 24 hour flight to Australia seem not just bearable, but even a little fun!
Aug 4, 2010 10:33 pm
The Old Patagonian Express - Paul Theroux.
(from Chicago to the tip of South America by train...and a little plane...)
"One of us on that sliding subway train was clearly not heading for work. You would have known it immediately by the size of his bag. And you can always tell a fugitive by his vagrant expression of smugness; he seems to have a secret in his mouth – he looks as if he is about to blow a bubble."
Aug 5, 2010 8:55 am
My favorite is "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse - A spiritual journey seeking to answer why we are here.
Aug 6, 2010 12:35 am
Not sure if I remember the title correctly. Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance. It was a great trip.
Aug 6, 2010 8:24 am
I just finished reading On the Road as well and it was awesome for its time. Especially the trip to Mexico. The entire book was beautifully written.
Aug 6, 2010 8:43 am
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. Everything he writes is poetic and beautifully crafted. He always inspires me to evaluate my own personal journeys when I read his work.
Aug 8, 2010 2:48 pm
Gotta go with Lord of the Rings by Tolkien!
Aug 8, 2010 8:50 pm
I read The Road by Cormac McCarthy a little while after it was released. It's one of the most amazing books I've ever read
Aug 8, 2010 10:07 pm