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The Royal Road to Romance: Travelers' Tales Classics Paperback – 7 Sep 2000
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"One of the most fascinating books of its kind ever written." - Detroit News--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Richard Halliburton was a writer, lecturer, and world traveler. He published numerous books in his short lifetime, including The Royal Road to Romance, Glorious Adventure, and The Complete Book of Marvels. Halliburton is known for having paid the lowest toll to cross the Panama Canal, which he swam in 1928, paying 36 cents. Born in Tennessee in 1900, Halliburton died in 1939 as he and his crew attempted to sail a Chinese junk, the Sea Dragon, from Hong Kong to San Francisco as a publicity stunt. The vessel was unseaworthy and went down in a storm, apparently shortly after Halliburton sent out his last signal: "Southerly gales, squalls, lee rail under water, wet bunks, hard tack, bully beef, wish you were here-instead of me!" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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He travels from New York to Hamburg, the Matterhorn, France, Andorra, Alhambra, Gibralter, Monte Carlo, the Nile, and on and on he goes. In this most definite living book, no ordinary, boring geography facts will be found. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Facts are wrapped in beautiful, literary language and presented as extraordinary gifts.
I bought a first edition because I had already read the book, and loved it, but in case you haven't already let me assure you that this book is a must have. As a travel book it contains vivid and captivating descriptions of its many, many settings. In fact, so poetic and spirited is the writing this book reads like fiction. The author, Richard Halliburton is among the most criminally underrated authors I've ever read, and its a real shame that he isn't more widely known in the modern world. His work is hilariously funny at times, and his descriptive prose can be ravishingly beautiful. Best of all, his humor and flair are built on an extraordinary journey. All in all, its a must read.
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