on 11 February 2010
Jan Morris had said more than a year ago that after producing more than forty books in her lifetime she would not write any more. Yet she couldn't resist writing one more, and this is a classic of her matchless prose. It is a collection of vignettes of people she has bumped into during a life of travelling the globe. We roam with her every corner of the world and are treated to a host of contacts she has made and recorded with her astute eye. This is a perfect book to have on a bedside table and to dip into before drifting off to sleep. One wonders if this really is the last book she will write. Hopefully not.
on 29 May 2013
A person a day! I loved this book as it swings round the globe and through time with merry abandon. Each character here is a world in a grain of sand. I found it hard to read more than one a day, as they all had something to tell me about: good thinking material.
For me, a helluva lot more interesting than a kitten-a-day calendar!
on 27 February 2010
Jan Morris does not write boring books. Anything that she has written may be bought with no recommendation other than the fact of her authorship.
This volume is a tour of the world, of the mind, of recognition and of enlightenment. Fantastic.