We are choosing travel books to read together.
Let us know your suggestions, what travel book would you like to read?
The first book, following a suggestion in a thread of the general forum, will be The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux.
We can leave any comments here!
I have just started reading this book so I'm in.
Ahoy fellow forum users, nice to see you again DMJ Binkley!
I see we are discussing the wonderful genre of travel books. We shall subvert this book in favour of a humdinger included on the Telegraphs list of Top Twenty Travel Reads, entitled 'Coasting'. The book seeks illuminate the reader as to the nature of Jonathan Raban's 4000 mile journey around the coasts of God's country. Mr Raban, a fellow ketch user, is a man highly esteemed in our estimation. His poignant personal narratives are interwoven throughout the novel to leave resounding satisfaction by the conclusion. 'We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit' quoth Sea Man Sam.
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Fare thee well
The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux.
I am in - just wait a few days till i reach the book store. Let me know if you make any changes....
I hope I can find it here in Bangkok.
Great Maria, we will love having you read along with us.
I can get this book at my library, so I'd like to join, too.
Great! The more the merrier
Got the book :D:D:D will start to read it next week on our tour to.... ( I can't say it 😉 ) but let me know how you want to start the "reading group"....
I will start a new thread called The Great Railway Bazaar in the general forum as well, and we can leave our comments there, whenever people have finish it.
And then, in mid march we can choose another book to read :o)
Just make sure you write SPOILER if your comment would say something that would spoil the book for someone who hasn't read it yet... not that this book is a crime mystery, but you never know!!
Any ideas for the next book??
Do you have any interest in Caribbean travel? I've read Embarrassment of Mangoes but I would love to read it again. It could provoke a couple of good conversations. What do you think?
I've had a look and it seems nice, I'm up for it! :o)
Ok, I will find my copy and start reading it again. It has been years and I really enjoyed it. Let me know when you have it.
Have any of you read Bill Brysons travel books,he has loads of them covering the USA,UK,Europe and Australia,all full of great stories and humour,though his travel style annoys the hell out of me as he never ever stops to smell the roses.
Maybe they are more suited for older guys like me than many of the younger folk here.
Craig, You are in good company. I am not a youngster and have read four of Bryson's book and find his sense of humor appropriately twisted.
After reading his book I would challenge his view of him walking the Appalachian Trail. I'm not sure it counts the way he did it.
I first got into his books a few years ago after a trip to Italy,someone had mentioned that he had stayed in the same hotel i did so i got the book Neither Here Nor There and sure enough he did.
i like his humour,well he is of similar vintage to me but he really annoys me in that he never sees anything in depth,it is like he has a huge list of things to do and places to see but once done thats it and moves on to the next sight.
i just can't be doing with that,why spend an hour or so at Pompeii then move on when you can get there for it opening and enjoy a full day there plus have a beer and a sandwich on the floor of the ampitheatre or sit and listen to a young girl sing in the Odeon.travel is about experiences and not lists
You will find many on this web site feel the same way you do about taking some time to experience each new land. It is not about the check list for most of us.
In September my husband and I spent a few hours at an outdoor cafe looking at the Coliseum in Rome. A beer, some cheese, a beer, some bread, a beer, chatting with the locals and a bit of gelato. It was a lovely afternoon sitting and looking at it after we had explored it all morning. It always amazes us when we are sitting some place like that. Priceless moments.
I'm not very keen on Bryson... I don't really understand his sense of humor neither. I tried to read 2 different books from him and I abandoned both so I've given up with him! ;o)