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Europe: An Intimate Journey

Europe: An Intimate Journey [Kindle Edition]

Jan Morris
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"'This is Jan Morris's finest book.' Michael Leapman, Country Life 'At the height of her incomparable form... Imagine listening to a great raconteur on a good evening. The contributions are cogent, pertinent and articulate, controversial but never overbearing... Who would not wish to be of the company?' Michael Dibdin, Sunday Times"

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'This is Jan Morris's finest book.' Michael Leapman, Country Life

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction (9 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8QI6M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you enjoyed 'Fifty years of Europe: an album" and are looking for more, don't buy this one - it is the same! Published in 1997 by Viking and in 1998 by Pnguin under the 'Fifty years' title, in 2006 Faber & Faber brought it out under this 'new' name. Why? Well, to make money from idiots like me, I suppose. You have been warned. Mind you, it *is* a lovely book, and here is what I wrote about the original:

Written in 1997, this is a series of vignettes (or postcards) from bits of Europe - sometimes you think from *all* the bits of Europe! - written, or remembered, from 1945 to '97. Early on, you may feel it is a rather acquired taste, like carrots with schnapps (an indulgence she committed in Helsinki, after a long spell in Russia).
Postcards of half a page, of two pages... old ladies in Portugal, Rastas in Bergen, cappucino in Vilnius; but the postcards are not isolated. They produce an atmosphere, and then you begin to feel the linkages; linkages with and through history, politics, the melancoly of Trieste, growing old. The taste is both exquisite and homely, the phrases are finely crafted, the feelings real.
Morris has been at it for a long time: as news correspondent with the Mt Everest team of 1953 he wrote the first dispatch on the successful climb of the mountain; passing through Heathrow recently, she describes this "as though conceived in revenge by some insanely disgruntled town planner". The language is both exact and playful, the jokes good, the overview great. This book is a kaleidoscope of personal tableaux, with a very personal Morris-colouring, resonating with anyone (I would think) with interest in other places.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical European digest 2 July 2010
Jan Morris has written another magical and lyrical travel book, this time a summary of her travels around Europe over a period of 50 years or more, written as a series of short and pithy observations of the people and cultures of Europe through a variety of themes. This is akin to taking a journey through time and geography in the accompaniment of a wonderfully articulate and inspirational writer and observer, to be picked up and enjoyed in short passages or in extended reads. The sort of book that you can just keep dipping into for repeated incisive analyses of what makes Europe such a fascinating place, all done with the sharp, witty and independent observation of someone who thankfully doesn't carry the cultural and historical baggage of many other writers. Framed between the solid and constant bookends of her beloved Welsh home and her love and fascination for Trieste, this book taken as a whole presents a sensitive and loving portrait of Europe in all its diversity, by a writer who understands and appreciates that diversity better than most. A marvellous read to which one can keep returning time and time again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a writer 8 Dec 2013
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Great insight and wonderful historical snippets make this book a delight to read. Bought it for a friend for her birthday and she loves it too.
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