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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Best of France, 23 Mar. 2010
As a Frenchman who loves his country, I am indebted to the author for his itineraries, which are aimed at the tourist who knows from experience that a visit is best appreciated when he also knows where to eat and take a break as well as understanding the historical and cultural context of the place he is discovering.
Trevor Snow's descriptions are didactic and discreet, sparing and subtle, and have the merit of taking the reader beyond what the eye can see. To this end his style is seemingly dispassionate, but as you read the words you detect an erudition which enjoys uncovering new knowledge and a keen observation (one example among many is his reference to the 'Cezanne still-life' look of a Roman mural in Narbonne).
Of course the author is not a neutral observer, for he clearly likes what he describes. Indeed he would not describe it so well if he were not an 'amateur' in the etymological sense of the word. When he makes a lighthearted comment, he does so with discretion and leaves the reader to appreciate it as he will. Trevor Snow offers you information, but without pedantry. He guides, informs, makes your journey easy, and at the end of that journey leaves you to go further if you wish.
Robert Laffont, English teacher, member of the Narbonne archaeological commission