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 tradition of the 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. With The Grand Tour, Tim Moore proves not only that he is Coryate's worthy successor but one of the finest

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The tradition of the 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. 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 and set off in a second-hand and highly temperamental Rolls-Royce through France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland. Like Coryate, Moore possesses an astonishing ability to land himself in humiliating predicaments. His account of his hilariously memorable misadventures on Venice's canals on one fateful afternoon is by itself worth the price of admission. Moore brings new life to the Old World and in the process sends readers into paroxysms of laugher and delight.

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780312300470
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)

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