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.
|Publisher:||Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
|Yearning for the Sun||29|
|A Long Way from Home||49|
|The Redmond O'Hanlon Show||80|
|At Home with the Spirits||106|
|A Hop Across the Pond||125|
|Dark Star Shining||143|
|The World for a Song||156|
|When Worlds Collude||176|
|Europe Through an Open Door||214|
|A World of Wonders||235|
|Strange Travel Suggestions||249|
|Through Love and War||267|
|Giving It All Away||294|
|Along the Border||310|
|The Snow Leopard||329|
|The End of the World||344|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I couldn't get through this, too dry.
Ever wonder what makes people take to the road for out of the box adventures? Michael Shapiro, one of our best travel writers himself, shares with us what makes people who choose a lifetime of travel over the comfy confines of home tick. From Tim Cahill, whose adventures get him into outlandish situations, to Frances Mayes who followed her "wistful dreams" to civilized Tuscany we find out what motivates their quests. I loved learning what our best contemporary commentators have in common and what they do not. Bill Bryson of Walk in the Woods fame says he is just paying his mortgage with his writing, while Peter Matthiessen, famous for his search for the elusive Snow Leopard, says that the act of writing clarifies his view of realty. Each interview of these unique authors is conducted with extreme care for their privacy as Michael asks thoughtful, informed questions. A Sense of Place is insightful, fun and a must read for anyone contemplating the outsider's lifestyle. Linda Ballou adventure travel writer and author of Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii-Her Epic Journey www.LindaBallouAuthor.com
Anyone who writes, whether fiction or non-fiction, will revel in the insights about the art of writing. Anyone who travels or lives the life of an observer-adventurer will also enjoy this book. Bravo to Michael Shapiro.