Category Archives: Travel book


No, not the 1970s prog-rock group (although their song, “Take the Long Way Home” may be apt for what will become obvious reasons). For this month’s Wales Readathon, Book Jotter has selected William H Davies’ Autobiography of a Super-Tramp as … Continue reading

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“The chosen of All-Muggleton”

Packing for a lengthy trip that includes a great deal of moving on and off trains, buses, boats and trams (not to mention walking) presents a particular challenge for a reader who hopes to travel light: How many books should … Continue reading

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Bigamous reading

When I haven’t the energy to read Proust, I read something else. In that respect, I’m no different from anyone else. But the other day my daughter commented on how strange it was that I was sitting on the couch reading … Continue reading

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You have to give it time

The Wells Bequest (2013), Polly Shulman. In an unplanned tag-team review, I’m following up on a book Calmgrove reviewed last fall, Polly Shulman’s The Grimm Legacy (the review of which you can read here). That novel introduced us to the New-York Circulating Material … Continue reading

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Henry Pulling’s Middle Age Crisis

Graham Greene, Travels with My Aunt (1969) Nestled in a playground near my apartment is a Little Free Library, to which I frequently contribute, and from which I frequently borrow, although I’ve yet to return any of the borrowed books. The other … Continue reading

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Mark Twain in Europe

Yesterday I referenced Mark Twain, and so today’s post: The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain (1869), Grosset & Dunlap, 472 pp. In the first paragraph of Chapter V, Twain notes a lunar rarity. We had the phenomenon of a full moon … Continue reading

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Ocean (Dostoyevski) or Cellophane (Vonnegut)?

Breakfast of Champions (1973), Kurt Vonnegut, 303 pp. I have to start with 2 quotes: A sacred picture of Saint Anthony alone is one vertical, unwavering band of light. If a cockroach were near him, or a cocktail waitress, the picture … Continue reading

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Pulp-ish Fiction

Laura (1942), Vera Caspary, 194 pp., and Now, Voyager (1941), Olive Higgins Prouty, 263 pp. The term “pulp fiction” always makes me think of Sax Rohmer’s Dr Fu Manchu, or Lester Dent’s Doc Savage. Those characters’ names take me back to the early … Continue reading

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Jungle madness

Revived from my earlier blog, another visit south of the equator: State of Wonder (2011), Ann Patchett, 353 pp. About two-thirds of the way through this novel, I came across a review and read it. I’ll never do that again. It … Continue reading

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“It’s only me”

A fellow blogger’s post about Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies reminded me of Kingsley’s venturesome niece [tip of the hat to Calmgrove for this info], Mary, about whom I blogged in 2010 during a travel writing binge. Here’s that post: Travels … Continue reading

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