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Destinations: Essays from Rolling Stone

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Morris captures the essence of places as diverse as Washington just after Watergate, Delhi under Mrs. Gandhi, Panama on the eve of the U.S. treaty debate, and Cairo at the time of the Israeli-Egypt peace talks.
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published May 22nd 1980 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 1980)
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Peter
Aug 03, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my very favorite authors, combining an elegant style with a delightful grasp of history. This book wanders through DC just after Watergate, South Africa during apartheid, Delhi, London, Istanbul and other places worthy of her gaze. A marvelous read. Her imagery is just brilliant.
Clint
Aug 02, 2012 Clint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I would find this somewhat dated, but Morris' observations still seem timely and her history is really good. Reading her prose is pleasing as always.
Lindsey
Mar 11, 2016 Lindsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a semi-interesting read, at best. I skipped the South Africa chapter because I had no interest in it, and found myself skimming the majority of other chapters. I will say, however, that I enjoyed the New York and Egypt essays.

Part of the problem with Morris' essays is that they're too political. Rather than reading a captivating narrative about a place, we receive factual evidence and extraneous information about other countries. Rather than "Eat, Pray, Love," we get almost a textbook-
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Seán
Jan 19, 2015 Seán rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Precision writing in the Delhi chapter...Zorro with a sword=Jan Morris with a pen...Jan Morris is required reading if you are a travel genre guru...

The best living travel writer...No one else even comes close...
Steve
Feb 24, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Turns out that I don't particularly like the 'essay' style of Jan Morris, although I did enjoy the Manhattan one, which came too late to rescue this from being just an ordinary read.
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Jan Morris previously wrote under the name "James Morris".

Jan Morris is a British historian, author and travel writer. Morris was educated at Lancing College, West Sussex, and Christ Church, Oxford, but is Welsh by heritage and adoption. Before 1970 Morris published under her former name, "James Morris", and is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and
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