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Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers (Lonely Planet Travel Literature) Kindle Edition
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These "travel tales", all, mostly, share a nostalgic longing looking back to those travel adventures that may well have changed lives and have certainly affected the way that the contributors now look at life and are infinitely more interesting than the endless photo albums (now dropbox albums)dragged out to bore friends (not included in the trips).
The writers represented here are all of a certain creme, writers who can afford holidays but more importantly these guys can write; it is their tool, recalling interestingly the events from the world they have ventured out into whether it to a Polynesian arts festival in Tahiti, the World Cup in Cape Town, a Thoreauesque experience in a wrecked trailer to experience Shakespeare in the woods in uptown Nowhere,a witch's curse or a football match in Mexico
Any reader of this collection, and I do urge anybody to take this up and peruse, will find familiar stories of their own experiences ~ those holiday moments that stay with us forever and long after the event and are impossible ever to recapture. These moments are truly once only and need to be enjoyed for themselves; it is not important to report them.
In this collection the two standout memoires for me were Carol Birch's meditative sleep by an indoor lake in an Irish mine and Sophie Cunningham's moving moment of sharing a chocolate cake with a beggar in Calcutta. these are life-changing moments
Whilst I can devour most books in a few days, I found myself able to only read one story at a time so that I could really savour the experience. This has reawoken my interest in travellers tales and I now have plenty of new authors to follow up. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to explore our world.
These stories are quite short and average about 10 pages or so each. This is something of a double edged sword as the writer does not have time to develop their description of the place they are writing about in much detail. The tendency therefore seems to be that they describe a specific and unusual event that they witnessed or revisit a place that, perhaps they had enjoyed travelling to many years before. However, clearly with such short offerings there is not much scope for the author to get bogged down too much.
I found most of these short tales interesting, but I cannot say that I was particularly inspired to visit anywhere new as a result. However, where I had personally previously visited the country I did find it enjoyable to read about places which I already knew, Berlin being an example. There seemed to be an American bias with a number of stories of coming of age type travels of young Americans.
Lonely Planet have expanded the scope of their offerings of late over and above the classic travel guides on which they have built their reputation. Recent publications have included large, coffee table type books to relatively modest offerings like this particular one and to my mind these ventures have been of varying success. However, I did enjoy reading many of these stories, appropriately enough, whilst I was on a long plane flight.
Thats said, there were a few worthwhile ones and maybe that's all one can ask for in a compendium of such tales.
All in all, given A McC S's track record and past subject matter, I felt let down by the contents of this collection. Pity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truth is better than fiction, in this case doubly so! Thanks for a great read.Published 16 months ago by Joyce Symington
Having read The Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing I was hopeful of some more great travel writing… but sadly disappointed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by stevieby
just as it says different tales from various travellers, a good readPublished 18 months ago by ipswich
I enjoyed pretty much every story in this book, although some were sadder than others. For someone who would struggle to get to some of the countries visited this was a good way to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Brewhexe
not holding my partners attention so havent finished itPublished 21 months ago by mrs a k martin-herbert
Sounded a super idea, but did not find any of the stories held my interest for more than the first page. The great fiction writers should maybe stick to fiction?Published on 7 Feb. 2014 by john poly
Lots of short stories and articles, all so different and fascinating, by travel writers which you cannot fail to enjoy.Published on 19 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer