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From Barnes & NobleNB: Pagan Holiday is the paperback edition of Route 66 A.D.
The Barnes & Noble Review
Bad beds, bad food, and bad service are history. Literally. As Tony Perrottet makes amusingly clear in Route 66 A.D., that triune bane of the traveler's existence first got its big break during the Pax Romana, and based on his own experiences circa A.D. 2001, it hasn't let up yet.
Determined to retrace the "Grand Tour" itinerary so popular with the ancient Romans by relying on the same texts and guidebooks they would have used -- and to enjoy one last travel fling with his girlfriend before, as he puts it, "the very act of movement would resemble Napoleon's army breaking camp" -- Perrottet guinea-pigs himself and his pregnant, patient companion, Les, all around what remains of that original tourist circuit. Along the way, Perrottet deftly shuffles the textual deck between wry commentary (the gauntlet of mummies' curses, loony land ladies, and babbling tour guides that he and Les must endure is apparently unchanged since beyond the back of B.C.) and fascinating selections -- both learned and lewd -- from the writings of the original Roman "road warriors." The result is fresh and funny and effortlessly educational. And while this link with the past may be of small immediate comfort to those tourists among us who are currently disgruntled, dyspeptic, and insomnia-ridden, Route 66 A.D. brings renewed meaning to that old cliché, "We'll laugh about this later." Centuries later, we still are. (Janet Dudley)