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Destinations: Essays from "Rolling Stone" [Hardcover]

Jan Morris
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10 July 1980 0192115839 978-0192115836 First Edition

In these essays which originally appeared in Rolling Stone, Jan Morris captures the essence of places as diverse as Washington just after Watergate, Delhi under Mrs. Gandhi, Panama on the eve of the U.S. treaty debate, and Cairo at the time of the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks. Her essay on Manhattan may be the single best article on New York since E.B. White's famous book 30 years ago. She also writes on L.A., Pretoria and Rhodesia, London, Istanbul, and Trieste.

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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (10 July 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192115839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192115836
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jan Morris's accounts of her journeys are distinguished by a veteran journalist's eye for the precisely revealing detail, the prose of a master stylist, and the insights of a wise and worldly traveller. Students of writing and of the literature of travel will find much to learn and to enjoy in Destinations."--Robert Emmett Ginna, Jr., Harvard University --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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These stories are so old, dating to the 1970s, that they are more historical record than helpful travel advice. That said, they are so well written they remain a real pleasure to read and it is fascinating to discover what has not changed in the destinations I am familiar with. Their style is an object lesson for any writer who follows the current fashion for making themselves the story; the writer's lightly-carried learning, observations and quiet sense of humour make her into a fascinating person without her intruding into the action - though her contact book must be phenomenal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Morris is an Inspiration 8 April 2013
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Jan Morris was on the first expedition to reach the summit of Mt Everest (1953) as a reporter for the London Times. I am too timid to go to many places on my own, but when I read about her adventures, I begin to consider being a bit more brave.
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