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"The Best American Travel Writing has been the gold standard for short-form travel writing from newspapers, magazines and the Internet since its inception 15 years ago.  This year’s guest editor – a different one is chosen for each volume – is none other than the godfather of contemporary American travel writing, Paul Theroux.  A generation of travel writers owes a debt to Theroux’s immersive, first-person narratives, captured with unflinching, sometimes merciless candor...In essay after essay, a theme runs through this volume – people journey, sometimes great distances, often enduring great hardship, only to be redeemed by human connection."  -- The New York Times Book Review
"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 

"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 

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

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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  • Editeur : Mariner Books; Édition : 2014 ed. (7 octobre 2014)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not This Month's Travel & Leisure: but often compelling 8 novembre 2014
Par Laurence R. Bachmann - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Blast From the Past 9 novembre 2014
Par Found Highways - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 'Fifty Shades of Greyhound' a hilarious high point of this collection 8 novembre 2014
Par Jeannette Belliveau - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
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
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Often fascinating, not lighthearted, mostly written by men 23 novembre 2014
Par Jaylia - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
While often fascinating most of these essays are not lighthearted accounts of pleasure trips. Among other things the authors use their travels to investigate disease, explore war zones, experience oppressive governments, and view the results of economic collapse. Amanda Lindhout writes about being held hostage; David Sedaris tells about the suicide of one of his sisters.

My favorite essay, written by Tony Perrottet and published in the Smithsonian, describes the changing attitudes about wilderness that led to Americans embracing get-away-from-it-all type vacations starting around 1869.

If you are the sort to prefer gender balance in your essay compilations--and I do--this collection won't satisfy you. By my count only four of the twenty-four essays were written by women. That is my main complaint, though I would have also enjoyed more variation in tone. Still, if you are looking for a deeper understanding of some of the world's difficulties you'll find a lot of food for thought here.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not bad, but not what I was expecting 5 décembre 2014
Par Jeff & Wendy S - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
This is the second time in a row that these "Best American ..." books kind of threw me. I had never read one of the books from the "travel writing" series before, and I have to say it's not what I expected.

Yeah, perhaps it's more literary, and certainly stretches the definition of travel, but it was travel that I wanted. I wanted to get excited about learning about new places - preferably places I would want to visit. There were too many articles about third-world countries, a story about a family suicide, once about medical research that never really comes to any conclusion, and articles that were far more about cultural attitudes than they were about the actual location.

Perhaps my perspective is too narrow, but very few of these would have fallen under "travel" in my mind. They weren't bad - just not what I wanted or expected.

The quality of the articles, in my opinion, were pretty evenly distributed. Some were gems I was glad to have found, others bored me half-way through. However, the humorous story on travel by Greyhound almost made the whole book worth the effort. I actually read it while sitting in a commuter train station between trains and could really appreciate the humor.

So, your opinion might vary - you may love it - just be aware that if you have not read this series before, it might not be what you expect.
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