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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to jump on the next plane to Paris!, 11 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman (Paperback)
Alice Steinbach's 'Without Reservations' is one of my favourites, although a very recent read. It searches for the answer to Steinbach's question 'who am I?' while portraying the most beautiful scenes in Paris, London, Oxford, and Italy. I love the inclusion of the postcards pictures and messages at the beginning of each chapter, and the detail with which her favourite places are depicted. Above all, this book increased my incentive to travel and to one day live in Paris. I found myself reading this book again with a pen and paper, jotting down the places mentioned on a list entitled 'must visit!'. I think Steinbach's explorations of her own life, past and future added to the sense of place within the book - the way a different setting can make you reminisce in such a way - as well as making you feel you know Steinbach personally. I had expected the fact that the author was much older than me - taking this trip when her sons had grown and left home - to remove any chance of me identifying with her. This wasn't the case at all. I found myself admiring her for the way in which she could so easily make friends with people she had only just met. This is one of those books I'll read again and again, and I would certainly recommend it.
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