Item description for The Best Travelers' Tales 2004: True Stories from Around the World (Best Travel Writing) by James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger & Sean O'Reilly...
The more than two dozen stories in this collection span the globe, from battling snakes in Costa Rica to probing personal reactions to India's caste system, navigating the "oldest tourist trap in the world" in Egypt, and learning to cook octopus in Mexico. The book, a mix of the previously published and new stories, has a wide cultural reach, with writers from around the world --- some seasoned pros, some passionate novices --- covering a vast range of experiences and locales. Themes are equally varied; they include spiritual growth, hilarious misadventures, exotic romance, family travel, stories of service to humanity, women's solo journeys, and much more. The common thread connecting these tales is fresh, lively storytelling that will make readers laugh, cry, wish they were there, or be glad they weren't. Illustrations and maps are included.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Feb 5, 2004
Publisher Travelers' Tales
ISBN 1932361022 ISBN13 9781932361025
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More About James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger & Sean O'Reilly
O'Reilly is president and co-publisher of Traveler's Tales. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975.
James O'Reilly currently resides in Palo Alto, in the state of California. James O'Reilly was born in 1953.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Best Travelers' Tales 2004: True Stories from Around the World (Best Travel Writing)?
Presents accounts of encounters from villages to mountains, cruisers to African cities Sep 12, 2008
This annual collection of great stories from the road comes from various award-winning writers - including Solas Awards winners - and represents the best in travel literature writing, making it a powerful pick for any library strong in travel writing. THE BEST TRAVEL WRITING 2008: TRUE STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD presents accounts of encounters from villages to mountains, cruisers to African cities, and is simply outstanding, involving reading for any armchair enthusiast.
Diane C. Donovan California Bookwatch
Sensation Jan 14, 2008
This "Best Travelers' Series" is a sensation. Truly, I don't think of anyone who would not find pleasure in reading these sketches. People who seek out 18th Century Asian poetry or 17th Century French judicial opinions would find a joy in these contemporary travel accounts.
A very boring book - Jan 10, 2008
This book tells you nothing about traveling to places. It is a collection of storeis by authors that simply is not that exciting. The best story is about the guy in Spain who lives with his Spanish wife. The rest were so boring, I couldn't read them. I was simply not interested and very dissapointed. If this is the best of travel writing I would hate to see the worst!
Bite sized banquet of adventures Mar 31, 2007
Travel writers are the best. They understand that self preservation in their craft is instant submersion in their stories. No wasted words, no patronizing prose. Their readers have litterally been there, done that. So they welcome readers like house guests and treat them like locals. I think it's the most respectful genre in writing. This book is perfect proof. Want to litterally cling to life on a New Zealand mountain? Gotta minute? Want to be a guest-turned-captive in a steamy African village and escape by the skin of your...skin? Take five. That's this book. Enjoy.
Lives up to its name as a "best travel writing" collection Dec 22, 2005
The Travelers' tales books come in a variety of types. Some are collections that focus on a particular region (Thailand, Italy, the American southwest.) Others are unified by particular running themes (food, danger, spiritual growth). Others are "best of" compilations, collecting the purported acme of the genre, often pieces that appear in other Travelers' Tales books.
I love the whole series, but I've been surprised in the past that the "best of" compilations aren't always (subjectively speaking) actually the best ones. But this one really is, and I highly recommend it.
The finest travelers' tales, of which this contains many, convey the full force of travel. Being a stranger in a strange place, you note and remember much that you'd ignore in your daily life; everything seems more vivid, more memorable. If you're in a particularly different place, perhaps your old life will seem strangely alien, even puny, when reflected upon in a different cultural context. These new people, landscapes, cities, loom so large in your consciousness, it's like being a child all over again.
The best stories in this collection convey those feelings, and many others.
Perhaps because I myself love traveling in SE Asia, I found this collection's pieces on the region to be among the book's best:
One, "The Ghost Road," covers the author's attempt to find the Burmese section of the old Stilwell road. The reader feels the cultural exoticism of the place, and also the spookiness of trying to outwit an authoritarian, nasty government.
"Circuit Broken" is a wonderful capturing of a moment many travelers have experienced; the author is determined to get away from the normal tourist path in Vietnam, and finds herself in a bleak, depressing place. She has an epiphany about the perils of being driven by negative emotions rather than by positive desires.
"Trigger Happy in Cambodia" describes the creepy overtones of the previous genocide that haunts that land still.
But there are plenty of fine pieces in here even for those who aren't, as I am, fascinated by SE Asia. I absolutely loved "Tipping Point in Tikal," for example. Solitary travelers all over the world have had experiences like this one; different people coming together quite accidentally on their respective pilgrimages, the things they share in conversation, the way they observe and remember each other. I still have very clear memories of people I have met in far corners of the globe, each with a different life story, each with a different motivation for travel.
These and other excellent pieces make this collection a fascinating one. The traveler who puts this in her/his backpack and hits the distant road will find it an insightful companion.