Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars


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A book about the meaning of travel, about how important the topic has been for writers for two and a half centuries, and about how excellent the literature of travel happened to be in England and America in the 1920s and 30s.

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Oct 19, 2009

Don't stay home: Go Abroad!

If you're bored with what you're presently reading, Paul Fussell's 'Abroad' may sell you on the idea of switching to antique travelogues. 'Abroad' is swell reading and it turned me on to a whole pot full of people -- great writers I had never heard of or with whose work I was unfamiliar before I read 'Abroad.'

Fussell's book thus serves as a fine introduction to a literary genre in which strange and eccentric people go to strange and exotic places, see strange and erotic things, stay in horrid hovels and eat weird food -- if they don't get eaten by natives first. 'Abroad' leads us to see travel as travel used to be, when the world was much bigger and more culturally diverse. Highly recommended.

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