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The Best American Travel Writing 2014 [Format Kindle]

Paul Theroux , Jason Wilson

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Praise for BATW 2013:
"Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love, 2006), guest editor of the latest volume in this always rich yearly anthology, boldly avers that she chose travel stories that "were told the most marvelously in 2012." To her, each piece "contains awe in strong enough doses to render the reader enchanted, delighted, compelled, or forever unsettled." Such strong billing is not misleading, as readers will learn when they step into the pages of such delights as John Jeremiah Sullivan’s beautifully eloquent "A Prison, a Paradise" (from the New York Times Magazine), about travel to Cuba ("I’ve never stood on a piece of ground as throbbingly, even pornographically, generative"); Colleen Kinder’s "Blot Out" (from Creative Nonfiction), a punchy, even scary, account of a Western woman trying to pass as Muslim on the streets of Cairo; David Sedaris’ hilarious account of dentistry in Paris, "Dentists without Borders" (from the New Yorker); and Marie Arana’s gripping and sobering report on gold mining in Peru, "Dreaming of El Dorado" (from Virginia Quarterly Review). All the pieces included here are treasures of excellent writing, regardless of genre."—Booklist


"Will gratify both armchair travelers and the most seasoned and fearless thrill-seekers...refreshingly original stories, alternately humorous, nostalgic, exhilarating and horrifying...A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series." --Kirkus 

Présentation de l'éditeur

“Travel connoisseurs divide the world into those places they’ve been dying to visit or revisit and places they’d never set foot in but are glad someone else did. This year’s volume of travel writing . . . focuses mostly on the latter with derring-do dispatches.” — USA Today

A far-ranging collection of the best travel writing pieces published in 2013, collected by guest editor Paul Theroux. The Best American Travel Writing consistently includes a wide variety of pieces, illuminating the wonder, humor, fear, and exhilaration that greets all of us when we embark on a journey to a new place. Readers know that there is simply no other option when they want great travel writing.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 339 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0544330153
  • Editeur : Mariner Books (7 octobre 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not my kind of trip 13 novembre 2014
Par jd103 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was my first time reading this Best American series--it will be my last. I knew I was in trouble when the Series Editor's Foreword went on about it being sexy and exciting to be part of a crowd of rich people spending thousands of dollars on wine. That's not a way of life I want anything to do with.

I didn't find a single piece here I enjoyed. The biggest disappointment was of course the one I most looked forward to reading. I've done a lot of long distance traveling by bus, and I can guarantee you there are great stories to be written there. But here we only get a lame attempt at juvenile humor on the subject.

Another writer explains (and I'm fairly certain this would be true of almost all the writers in this collection) that he doesn't relate to the natural world very well--I don't relate to that very well. Even David Sedaris didn't impress me this time.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Blast From the Past 9 novembre 2014
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Best American Travel Writing 2014 is a bit of a throwback to travel writing of a generation or two ago. I've always enjoyed travel writing, but when I first encountered it, it was shelved in the bookstores with adventure or biography. "Travel" books referred exclusively to guidebooks. It wasn't until the 1980s that I saw a bookstore with a shelf labeled "travel adventure."

As the labels on the shelves changed to "travel narrative" and "travel essays" or "travel writing," the genre itself changed so that practically anything could be considered travel writing, rather than the traditional treks to the Amazon or India or riding the Trans-Siberian Express.

This seemed reasonable to me, since the "travel" part of the story was not as important as the "adventure" part, and that could take place anywhere, including your own back yard. But there's something special about the traditional adventure stories, battling the elements, encountering people from different cultures, eating unusual foods.

Guest Editor Paul Theroux, has included a large dose of adventure travel, including reporting from war zones, and a harrowing report from a traveler who was kidnapped in Somalia. The wildernesses of Alaska, Argentina, and the Amazon are the settings for other pieces. But have no fear, there are also essays on more traveled places, such as Las Vegas, Paris, Venice, and Havana.

My favorite article was a thoughtful essay by Thomas Swick about the loneliness of the travel writer, who generally travels solo. Normally, you'll only read about the highlights or the quirky characters the travel writer encounters, but between those experiences are long periods of wistfulness and melancholy, rarely expressed in writing. Swick reminds us that it isn't all adrenaline and diary-worthy conversation.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 'Fifty Shades of Greyhound' a hilarious high point of this collection 8 novembre 2014
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So often these collections are hit or miss, but it looks like M. Paul Theroux as editor has placed a very high bar on the submissions and these are rollicking along. So far my favorite is "Fifty Shades of Greyhound," which is stone-cold hilarious, by Harrison Scott Key. The relative glories of Greyhound over flying are made abundant. "Bus People are nothing like Airplane People, who are boring and have 'luggage' and enjoy 'skiing,'" Key writes. "Bus people, on the other hand, enjoy 'talking about grenades' and 'screaming.' " Don't read this in a quiet house late at night, you're likely to wake everyone up.

"America the Marvelous" needs to be savored for different reasons, as it is a put-down of European calumny toward American "stupidity" by Sunday Times restaurant writer A.A. Gill. The writer takes the "Americans are stupid" meme and body-slams it so hard on the boxing ring mat it jumps up and shudders a time or two.

Articles on relationships between a writer and a local woman Cuba and kidney poisoning in Croatia, as well as a reunion of wartime journalists 20 years later in Sarajevo, read wonderfully well but in some cases would have benefitted from one more layer of editing to bring forth nuances and themes that are almost there but not fully articulated.

Theroux's intro is intriguing, one of his "nature of travel" ruminations, where he notes that distance is no longer an issue, but access is. And adventurous travelers may be exposed to an entire gamut ranging from merely petty annoyances to potential loss of life. One of the writers honored in this collection died of heat stroke in Uganda, he notes. These front-line writers make this collection easy to pick up not just sample but read cover to cover
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not This Month's Travel & Leisure: but often compelling 8 novembre 2014
Par Laurence R. Bachmann - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The very first essay in The Best American Travel Writing 2014 lets readers know they will not be on a bucolic stroll: it's a trip to parts of the Balkans where a unique disease (Balkan Endemic Nephropathy) has devastated entire communities and generations with a rare and seemingly localized renal failure. It's followed by a stroll through Havana's sea-wall known as the malecon, which seconds as the red light district. A very compelling look at the prostitution in a Communist country that ironically has made tremendous feminist strides.

Others take us through Mogadishu, Somalia, Bombay and South America, with gritty and often compelling looks at the seamy and sordid sides of life. Some will find this off putting but an excellent introduction by Paul Theroux reminds us that the tourists and traveller writers are not the same fellow; indeed they are usually looking for entirely different experiences. The former seeks the familiar (through reading or conversation) or the revered (think pyramids or Taj Mahal). The latter seeks the unknown, the unexplored and the unvisited.

While both are valid the beaten path is an itinerary; the goat path is an adventure. There is no interest here in finding the next food fad or unknown bucolic jewel. There is though a profound, deeply committed interest in bringing to readers insights into what is happening in places we've likely been not been, to people we likely think of only infrequently. If at times it is discomfiting, personally I think that is a good thing affording a look at the world as it is. Most articles are of sober in nature, but a few are simply hilarious. Fifty Shades of Greythound by Harrison Scott Key might make you pee your pants laughing and a piece by Gary Shtyngart is first rate.

I've saved mention of David Sedaris for last because usually he is a favorite author. I absolutely loathed his essay about buying a North Carolina beach house that ties into family history and the suicide of an estranged sister. I found it absolutely repugnant and self serving. While nothing else caused so visceral a reaction obviously with two dozen essays, some are more appealing, a few not at all. Most though are splendid.

That said, there is almost certainly something for everyone, and probably a good deal more. The Best Travel Writing 2014 is very much worth a read.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Eclectic Travel Anthology 6 novembre 2014
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I never knew "The Best American Travel Writing" series even existed until after reading this 2014 edition. What great tales I've been missing. Editor Paul Theroux best sums up what this travel anthology is all about, "...opportunities for those who are willing to take a risk, for the reward of making a discovery and then writing about it brilliantly."

These aren't your run-of-the-mill travel stories. I can see why the authors' submissions were selected. Each story whisks readers off to unimaginable places, and compels us to reflect and better appreciate cultures we do not know or understand. I randomly read stories by their title appeal. Fifty Shades of Greyhound, written by Harrison Scott Key, is an offbeat story about the unique experiences that accompany Greyhound bus travel. The descriptions of people, smells and sights are priceless. Anyone who has ridden a Greyhound bus knows how true the author's words are. It's easy to feel the love Steven Rinella (Dream Acres) has for his ramshackle house on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island. Humorously written, readers can't help but smile throughout his engaging story. Sean Wilsey shares his gondoliering experiences while in Venice (Open Water). Julia Cooke paints a sobering picture what it's like to be a prostitute in Havana (Amigos).

And so each story goes--the destinations may be familiar, but the authors' unique experiences and perspectives certainly are not. One of the shortest stories in the book (Clear-Eyed In Calcutta by Andrew McCarthy) aptly describes what all these travel authors have in common. They are "compelled to take one more step in a lifelong journey away from trepidation." These authors see the world with eyes wide open. I envy such clear vision, and appreciate their insight has been shared in this book.

This is an excellent anthology. I look forward to reading other books in this wonderful series.
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