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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her introduction to this collection, Morris ( Nothing to Declare ) notes that ``women move through the world differently than men.'' She offers these 51 excerpts from the writings of intrepid women as examples of what she calls ``feminist travel writing.'' The works yield a number of diverting moments, although in many cases the brevity of the pieces makes it difficult for the reader to become engaged with the writer or the place explored. In 1717, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu observes that Turkish attire so effectively conceals a woman's identity that she can move about in public with ``more liberty than we have.'' In the 1930s, Vivienne de Watteville tries to photograph an African rhino seconds before it charges her. In the Edwardian age, a journey on horseback in Iceland prompts Englishwoman Ethel Brilliana Tweedie to speak out for ``abolition of the side-saddle for the country, hunting, or rough journeys, for three reasons--1st, safety; 2nd, comfort; 3rd, health.'' During the Depression, Box-Car Bertha travels the United States, finding the hobo life to be remarkably varied but dangerous. During a stay in Shanghai, Emily Hahn acquires and then kicks an addiction to opium. (Oct.)
Library Journal
This is a fascinating collection of more than 50 travel essays by women writers from the 18th century to the present day. Edited and with an introduction by novelist and travel writer Morris, it dispels any lingering notion that women stayed at home while men saw the world. The writers in this collection range from wealthy women who traveled for pleasure (Edith Wharton visited Morocco) to women who traveled to survive (Box-Car Bertha was a hobo in America during the 1930s). The writers traveled alone (Sarah Hobson disguised herself as a male motorcyclist in Iran), in pairs (Mildred Cable and Francesca French rode on camels through the Gobi Desert), and with their children. The travelers met hardship and danger with remarkable aplomb and returned home to tell of their adventures. This collection is educational, entertaining, and highly recommended for general collections.-- Caroline Mitchell, Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679740308
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: Vintage Departures Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 539,204
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

from Embassy to Constantinople 3
from Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark 8
from Peregrinations of a Pariah 14
from Domestic Manners of the Americans 20
from Life in Prairie Land 29
from Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys: A Midsummer Ramble in the Dolomites 36
from Through Algeria 42
from Journal of a Lady's Travels Round the World 47
from Travels in West Africa 57
from A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains 69
from The Passionate Nomad 75
from Station Life in New Zealand 79
from A Girl's Ride in Iceland 89
from The English Governess at the Siamese Court 95
from Love Among the Butterflies 107
from The Desert and the Sown 118
from On Sledge and Horseback to Outcast Siberian Lepers 122
from In Morocco 128
from Willa Cather in Europe 135
from Passenger to Teheran 140
from My Journey to Lhasa 144
from Out of Africa 152
from Sister of the Road 158
from Farewell Spain 166
Nine Pounds of Luggage 173
from Speak to the Earth: Wanderings and Reflections among Elephants and Mountains 181
from Winter in Arabia 189
from Black Lamb and Grey Falcon 195
from Klee Wyck 202
from The Gobi Desert 212
from West with the Night 231
from The Cruel Way 243
from The Fabled Shore 250
from Stones of Florence 260
from A Way of Seeing 271
from Times and Places 278
from Long Ago in France 293
from Tamrart: Thirteen Days in the Sahara 301
from Muddling Through in Madagascar 315
from Italian Days 329
from Turkish Reflections 336
from The White Album 341
from Through Persia in Disguise 350
from Wall-to-Wall 366
from Travels with Fortune: An African Adventure 374
from Russian Journal 390
from The Demon Lover 401
from Season of Stones 403
from Noman's Land 411
from Teaching a Stone to Talk 417
from The Road Through Miyama 423
from A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains 431
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    A Great Read!

    This books is excellent whether you are interested in courageous women or in being an armchair traveller. The selections are varied in time and location, but they are all well-written and fascinating to read. Each entry is not only a snapshot of the place visited but of the era of the writer. I highly recommend this book.

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