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.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.Read Less
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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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