Contact!: A Book of Encounters

Contact!: A Book of Encounters

by Jan Morris
     
 

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A delightful and hilarious companion for anyone taking a trip and an indispensable work for any fan of Jan Morris.
With her travel chronicles unparalleled in twentieth-century literature, Jan Morris’s legendary books on Venice, Manhattan, and Trieste have made her one of our most beloved writers. Now reflecting back on over half a century, Morris has

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A delightful and hilarious companion for anyone taking a trip and an indispensable work for any fan of Jan Morris.
With her travel chronicles unparalleled in twentieth-century literature, Jan Morris’s legendary books on Venice, Manhattan, and Trieste have made her one of our most beloved writers. Now reflecting back on over half a century, Morris has decided to write not about the destinations but about the people she has encountered. Whether writing as James or later as Jan, Morris introduces us to a panoply of memorable characters—the Sherpa guide who first scaled Mt. Everest, the lascivious Manhattan cabbie, and the proverbial spy in the raincoat. She provides insightful portraits of the famous, such as Harry Truman and Jordan’s King Hussein, and glimpses of the infamous, including Adolf Eichmann. Recalling human encounters on six continents, she paints a vibrant, funny, and moving picture of humanity. Ultimately, no figure comes into clearer focus than Morris herself, an astonishing chronicler of the human spectacle. Contact! is one book you’ll want to carry with you wherever you go.

Editorial Reviews

Paul Theroux
“This wonderful distillation of Jan Morris's chance encounters shows our greatest living travel writer at her best—wise, well-read, wide-traveled, clear-sighted, compassionate, humane, unforgettable.”
Alberto Manguel
“The most delightful, intelligent, perception collection of human observations I've ever read: I don't know of anything like it.”
Library Journal
British journalist Morris has traveled for decades, writing her way around the world. Now best known as a travel writer, she here collects vignettes of encounters with and observations of people from her numerous adventures and assignments. Varying from a few sentences to a few paragraphs, each vignette paints a picture or tells a story that brings a personal touch to the narrative of Morris's life and travels. They range from the humorous to the enchanting and tell us as much about Morris as she tells us of people around the world. This is not a typical travelog that one reads essay by essay but something to pick up and put down as time allows. Readers will appreciate the diversity of the people, from the famous to the relatively unremarkable, from six continents. VERDICT Essential for Morris fans, this is also a great travel companion for the road.—Sheila Kasperek, Millersville Univ. Lib., PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393076400
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/19/2010
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Paul Theroux
This wonderful distillation of Jan Morris's chance encounters shows our greatest living travel writer at her best—wise, well-read, wide-traveled, clear-sighted, compassionate, humane, unforgettable.

Meet the Author

Jan Morris, who has been writing about the world for fifty years, is the author of Coronation Everest, Venice, and Manhattan ’45, among many other books. She lives in Wales.

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