Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Literary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame” as Want to Read:
Literary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame
"The excitement of finding something strange consists precisely in noting its strangeness," says Paul Bowles in the foreword. In his final bit of writing before his death, Bowles hit on the driving force that impels the best travel writers: the urge to tell someone about their trips. In this book, they find the opportunity, bringing readers along on their journeys to place ...more
softcover, 362 pages
Published April 30th 2000 by GreatestEscapes.com Publishing
(first published 2000)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Nov 28, 2013 GoldGato rated it really liked it · review of another edition
We spend far too much time in shuttered rooms.
- Bruce Chatwin
Here is the idea of the book: Take famous writers, focus on the cities and countries they loved best, and then write about those places while also providing in-depth essays on each author. Use a little pegasus symbol that changes with the continent (Asia, for example, gets a winged elephant) and moves across the globe by literary work. I can go for that, yes can do.
Paul Bowles gets it all going, which is perfect as he was the one who f ...more
Excellent though a little dated (1999), this book is an interesting read for book and travel lovers. It is divided into six parts, each listing a particular region of the world (such as Africa/Middle East; Yucatan Peninsula, North America East, North America West. England/Ireland, and continental Europe). Each chapter is an essay spotlighting one or two authors who wrote their greatest works in or were inspired by a particular region. At the end of each chapter is practical travel information: w ...more
I have not actually read the whole book but I did read the parts regarding my favorite authors and the area I plan to travel to this summer. It was better than I expected and I really did enjoy it. It is a great book for anyone who likes to know a little history about authors and the area they are from or influenced by. I enjoyed the photos and fun sketches and the length of the information on each author/area is just about right for someone who likes to know a little about a lot of things. I am ...more
There's less I like in the book than there is. I might say there is less to like about the book, but then my tastes do not run the fair gamut that the book really takes (to be fair). However I found myself setting it down for days at a time without going back. When I did, eventually I ended up just cherry-picking the chapters about the writers I DO like in here. I need big dose of fiction so Mr. Eco pulled me away. Sorry, but this book did not & could not win the tug of war.
Good concept - have authors write travel essays about the places that famous authors are famous for. It mixes biography and travelogue. As is usually the case when you have a compilation, the quality of the chapters vary considerably. Undoubtedly you will find a few chapters you'll love, as I did, and will also be bored by others. The book did make me want to visit some places that I had never known about, so for that alone, it was worth the read.
This had an interesting premise—essays about a few famous authors' favorite places (or the places most associated with them) and accompanying travel info, including details on how to get there ("there" being England, Cuba, Canada, Jamaica, New Orleans, etc.), places to stay, attractions in the area, and useful tips. This book was published in 2000 so it is quite dated. There are airlines recommended that don't exist anymore, hotels that have transitioned into different hotels into abandoned buil ...more