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Initial post: 29 Nov 2012 18:06:32 GMT
I have just finished a new book by Micheal Jacobs: The Robber of memories which reminded me how good travel books can be. It is beautifully written and was inspired by a chance meeting with Gabriel Garcia Marquez who has dementia. Michael Jacobs undertakes an outward journey up the Magdalena river, beloved river of Marquez in parrallel with an inner journey wrestling with his mother's dementia.

Top 5 travel writers
William Dalrymple
Patrick leigh Fermor
Bruce Chatwin
Eric newby
Paul Theroux for his railway books

also The Snow Geese by William Fiennes: a fine book but a one off i think?

any thoughts

Posted on 29 Nov 2012 18:25:24 GMT
Anita says:
Do you mean fiction or not?

If not I'd suggest anything by Michel Peissel, if you can find any. (I haven't read them all, but liked the ones I did.) He wrote a lot about Himalayas, Tibet (etc.), but I really enjoyed this one too:

The lost world of Quintana Roo

(It isn't *this* edition I've read, of course, but it is this book. His first, if my memory is to be trusted)

Posted on 29 Nov 2012 18:28:34 GMT
Anita says:
And there's always Thor Heyerdahl, of course :)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2012 19:11:17 GMT
many thanks

Posted on 29 Nov 2012 21:08:50 GMT
p baldwin says:
Norman Lewis,Voices of the old sea,about the small fishing village in spain after the second world war.A time lost forever.That is the saddest news about Gabo,I didn't know,thanks,Peter

Posted on 30 Nov 2012 06:58:29 GMT
Frank Mundo says:
Travels with Charley in Search of America I always liked this one by Steinbeck.

Posted on 30 Nov 2012 10:10:43 GMT
Catherine says:
Peter Kerr. great, amusing travel writer.

Posted on 30 Nov 2012 16:45:33 GMT
S Riaz says:
Third-class Ticket (Travel Library) is a travel book I really enjoyed. Currently not in print, but you can get second hand copies really cheaply!
Arabian Sands (Travel Library) and The Marsh Arabs (Penguin Classics) are classics.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 09:46:45 GMT
thanks for these ideas

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 11:08:24 GMT
Anita says:
Not sure it exactly fits the bill for 'travel' - more like travelling 'up'. :) But worth a read, I think

Tiger Of The Snows: The Autobiography

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 20:48:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2012 20:49:23 GMT
Obelix says:
Bill Bryson. Read Notes from A Small Country, with Theroux's The Kingdom by the Sea as a chaser, and marvel at how much, much better the former is.

Colin Thubron is good too.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 21:11:10 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
Make sure you're not reading "Notes from A Small Country" on a crowded train. Bursting out in uncontrollable laughter can be quite embarrassing in front of strangers!
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