An Innocent Abroad: Life-changing Trips from 35 Great Writers
More than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives. Contributors include Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Pico Iyer, John Berendt, Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Smiley.
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This isn't a book you can read in one sitting. Several times, in fact, I had to read something else in order to be able to come back to this one and be genuinely interested.
The stories in the beginning, especially, have no rhyme or reason. Some made me think "Why?" at the author's choice of their travel story. For instance, Ann Patchett writes about a girl in France with a fake tattoo. She goes on in detail about this girl and her tattoo and, as we're waiting for a deeper conclusion, she then ...more
David Baldacci experiences a different kind of homecoming while Stanley Stewart experiences life in full circle at Rome. Some stories resonate more than others but that's primarily cause I have not had the experience in my ...more
The ones I felt were done best were the ones that focussed on a specific moment or instance. I felt that some of the writers in here were far too self-indulgent and unfortunately theirs didn't quite stack up to the others. But you take the good with the bad!
I felt it started off with a strong story, got a bit shit for the few stories and then picked up and dropped back down within the book.
Of the 35, I highlighted 14 that were especially engaging, usually for both the excellence of the writing and the experiences written about. For me, three in particular are notable for excellent writing and ...more
It is a collection of life-changing trips undertaken by 35 writers including Cheryl Strayed, David Baldacci, Alexander McCall Smith, Pico Iyer and some travel writers. This book tempts you to pack your bag and set off. So many places I hadnt heard of anywhere like Andorra(county betweeen Spain & France), Barga(a town in Italy), Swaziland( a country in Africa) and so on..
This book is available on KU. ...more