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3.0 out of 5 stars Free as a Bird:, 2 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Women Travelers: A Century of Trailblazing Adventures 1850-1950 (Hardcover)
his review is from: Women Travelers: A Century of Trailblazing Adventures 1850-1950 (Hardcover)

The album presents twenty five biographies from 1850 to to 1918 and a further ten from 1918 to 1950, mostly English, Scottish, American and French with the odd Irish, Swiss and Hungarian women. A brief selected bibliography is included.

These are not gypsy travelers, these are emancipated women with the itch for travel, exploration or adventure - really more of a coffee-table book than a scholarly exercise - an illustrated distraction and at best a pointer to the lives of some extraordinary women for those inquisitive readers who may wish to buy some more serious biographies. This is as expected a coffee-table book, rich in illustrations and not so generous in text, yet beautifully laid out on high-quality paper. All in all a pleasing album, full of surprises for the inquisitive reader, rather than the book worm which may wish to exercise its brain and may not be bothered by some factual errors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable stories, nicely presented, but lacking real depth, 6 May 2013
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This review is from: Women Travelers: A Century of Trailblazing Adventures 1850-1950 (Hardcover)
This is an interesting book as it presents a the stories of a variety of women travellers, travelling in the great era of exploratory travelling. For those well versed in travel literature, some of the names will be familiar, but a strength of the book is that it also touches on many less familiar and well know stories. One drawback is that this is definitely aimed at the light read / pretty to look at sort of market rather than anyone interested in detailed biographies. But if you want something to get a sense of the experience and boldness of some women in the era 1850 to 1950 then this could be a very good choice. If nothing else may stimulate you to go out and find some of the more detailed stories about them (many written by the people in this book themselves). It also is a nice antidote to the sense from much travel literature that the only explorers were men, this book gives a slight impetus to rebalancing that perception.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 24 Feb. 2015
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Interesting stories however the translation is poor and doesn't do them justice
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