The Grand Tour: The European Adventure of a Continental Drifterby Tim Moore
"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
"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.
- St. Martin's Press
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- First Edition
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- 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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