The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists Paperback – 31 Aug 2004
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?The End of Elsewhere is the only kind of travel book possible today: at once enchanting and disenchanting. With rich and pungent prose, and a bite behind his smile, Taras Grescoe lays bare the highs and lows of wanderlust on our shrinking theme-park planet with an empathic scalpel.? Erik Davis, author of Techgnosis ?Grescoe weaves humour, anthropology and travelogue into an eclectic mix that makes The End of Elsewhere one of the most original travel books to come out in years. His perspective is fresh; his prose never dull or obvious? Globe and Mail ?The End of Elsewhere is a powerful indictment of contemporary tourism and, more fundamentally, it?s a cry against the West?s exploitation of the Third World in the era of globalization? Quill & Quire ?The greatest advantage of armchair travel is that you get to select your companions. Grescoe? could scarcely be a better guide? Vancouver Sun
About the Author
Born in Toronto in 1966, Taras Grescoe has written articles on travel for The Times, Independent, Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveler and the New York Times. His bestselling first book Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec won the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction and First Book Award, among numerous other awards. He lives in Montreal.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Grescoe is the perfect kind of writer for a book with this broad a scope: erudite, witty, adventurous, insightful, and most importantly, reflective and honest. Seasoned travelers will enjoy the mini-histories, such as how the Romans established the first resort towns to indulge in outrageous behavior, how the first international travel agency (Cook's) grew from the temperance movement, the rise and fall of the "Grand Tour", the emergence of guidebook-led tourism from Michelin to Lonely Planet, and much more. As compelling as these bits are, the book's real strength lies in its provocative examination of the act of tourism.
Grescoe purposely sets himself an itinerary of "where the tourist ruts have been plowed the deepest" in order to play sociologist amongst the tourists. The book's main theme is how the tourist's quest for unspoiled terrain and/or a totally "authentic" experience leads to the exact opposite of these things. This is, of course, directly linked to themes of cultural imperialism, although Grescoe is careful not to become hectoring or pedantic about any of these matters.Read more ›
when he got back to Canada!)
I wouldnt expect him to. To really make the idea work the author would need more detachment or engagement- he just seems a travel addict that got a little bored and wanted to explore the 'tourist rut'. Sad thing is this is a much bigger topic than he could handle.