The Grand Tour: The European Adventure of a Continental Drifter

The Grand Tour: The European Adventure of a Continental Drifter

by Tim Moore
     
 

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"The finishing touch to a man of leisure's education was a trip through Europe. No Englishman or American could consider himself truly cultivated until he had visited the continent's capitals and, while sowing his wild oats, glanced incidentally at a cultural institution or two. This tradition of the so-called Grand Tour was started in 1608 by an intrepid but…  See more details below

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"The finishing touch to a man of leisure's education was a trip through Europe. No Englishman or American could consider himself truly cultivated until he had visited the continent's capitals and, while sowing his wild oats, glanced incidentally at a cultural institution or two. This tradition of the so-called Grand Tour was started in 1608 by an intrepid but down-at-the-heels English courtier named Thomas Coryate, who walked across Europe, miraculously managed to return home in one piece, and wrote a book about his bawdy misadventures. Coryate's Crudities was the first Let's Go for the social set. Coryate not only single-handedly crated the concept of modern tourism but a whole new field of comedy - the complete idiot abroad." "With The Grand Tour, Tim Moore proves not only that he is Coryate's worthy successor but one of the finest and funniest travel writers working today. Armed with a well-thumbed reprint of Coryate's book, Moore donned a purple plush suit - the antithesis of protective coloration - and set off in a second-hand and highly temperamental Rolls-Royce through France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland. His plan was to visit the same sites Coryate had visited almost four centuries earlier, combining tourism with biographical reflections on his hapless predecessor's European tour." "Like Coryate, Moore possesses an astonishing ability to land himself in humiliating predicaments. Touring Europe in a Rolls-Royce while on a motel-and-fast-food budget lends itself to incredulity and inevitably leads to misunderstandings. Moore often finds himself the center of unwanted local attention. His account of his hilariously memorable misadventures of Venice's canals one fateful afternoon is by itself worth the price of admission. Yet interspersed in this riotous account of the innocent abroad is a portrait of Europe that even the well-seasoned Continental traveler will savor."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal
Moore, a writer for the British Esquire and Vanity Fair, has written one hilarious travel book. After researching the origin of the Grand Tour of Europe started in 1608 by a courageous English courtier named Thomas Coryate Moore, calling himself the Grand Traveler, purchased an old Rolls Royce and set out on the same journey. Starting in England, Moore moved through France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and lastly, Holland before returning home to England. He spent most of his time in Italy since that was the country that embodied the original Grand Tour. Written tongue-in-cheek, this delightfully funny travel tale will keep readers in stitches. Those who have traveled to these European countries will marvel at the accuracy of Moore's descriptions of the customs and foibles encountered in each new city. Highly recommended for all libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/01.] Stephanie Papa, Baltimore Cty. Circuit Court Lib., MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312281564
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/16/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Tim Moore's writing has appeared in Esquire, the Sunday Times, and the Observer, among other places. He is the author of Frost on My Moustache and French Revolutions.

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