Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France

Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France

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by Vivian Swift
     
 

Road trip: those are still the two most inspiring words to vagabonds and couch potatoes alike; after all, the great American spirit was forged by road trippers from the Pilgrims to Lewis and Clark to the Dharma Bums. Le Road Trip combines the appeal of the iconic American quest with France's irresistible allure, offering readers a totally new perspective

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Road trip: those are still the two most inspiring words to vagabonds and couch potatoes alike; after all, the great American spirit was forged by road trippers from the Pilgrims to Lewis and Clark to the Dharma Bums. Le Road Trip combines the appeal of the iconic American quest with France's irresistible allure, offering readers a totally new perspective of life on the road.

Le Road Trip tells the story of one idyllic French honeymoon trip, but it is also a witty handbook of tips and advice on how to thrive as a traveler, a captivating visual record with hundreds of watercolor illustrations, and a chronicle depicting the incomparable charms of being footloose in France. Armchair travelers, die-hard vagabonds, art journalists, and red wine drinkers will all find something to savor in this story.

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Library Journal
If the traditional travel guide provides security with its objective detail, organizational structure, predictable outline, and recommendations-by-committee, Swift (When Wanderers Cease To Roam) charms by doing just the opposite. With honesty, whimsy, and subjectivity, she writes in a lively and authentic manner about traveling in her beloved France. She achieves this with her loose, stream-of-thought, anecdotal, and episodic style but especially through her drawings. Everything is covered—nightscapes, a bread guide, gardens, storefronts, a "what to pack" list, Cancale oysters, Bordeaux grapes, statues—with the spontaneity of a café session sketch that nearly belies its elegant detail and accuracy. They seem at once in-the-moment and a commentary on it. VERDICT Swift's narrative feels like a vacation. It's interested in the history of bridges and cheese and wine, takes notice of room decor and the contrasting tones of village streets at dusk and dawn, and wonders about (what must be) a town's laundry day and neighborhood cats. A fun, funny, and wonderful experience; highly recommended.—Ben Malczewski, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608195329
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
283,015
Product dimensions:
8.22(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.85(d)

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