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Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk about Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk about Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration

by Michael Shapiro
     
 

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In A Sense of Place, journalist/travel writer Michael Shapiro goes on a pilgrimage to visit the world's great travel writers on their home turf to get their views on their careers, the writer's craft, and most importantly, why they chose to live where they do and what that place means to them. The book chronicles a young writer’s conversations with his

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In A Sense of Place, journalist/travel writer Michael Shapiro goes on a pilgrimage to visit the world's great travel writers on their home turf to get their views on their careers, the writer's craft, and most importantly, why they chose to live where they do and what that place means to them. The book chronicles a young writer’s conversations with his heroes, writers he's read for years who inspired him both to pack his bags to travel and to pick up a pen and write. Michael skillfully coaxes a collective portrait through his interviews, allowing the authors to speak intimately about the writer's life, and how place influences their work and perceptions.

In each chapter Michael sets the scene by describing the writer's surroundings, placing the reader squarely in the locale, whether it be Simon Winchester's Massachusetts, Redmond O'Hanlon's London, or Frances Mayes's Tuscany. He then lets the writer speak about life and the world, and through quiet probing draws out fascinating commentary from these remarkable people. For Michael it’s a dream come true, to meet his mentors; for readers, it's an engaging window onto the twin landscapes of great travel writers and the world in which they live.

Editorial Reviews

Pamela Paul
Hearing some of the great travel writers talk about their craft is certainly instructive for readers and writers alike, but what's note-worthy is the interviewees' near-universal disdain for the label. Jonathan Raban doesn't believe the genre exists and thinks of his work more as a ''total-recall memoir'' than as ''see the world'' journalism.
The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932361087
Publisher:
Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Series:
Travelers' Tales Series
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,248,650
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 6.28(h) x 0.94(d)

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