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English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Of Aussie drovers in Alice Springs: These are Australians as you have always imagined them. I do not believe stronger or more likeable men walk the earth today, so calm and imperturbable are their manners, so infectious their kindly humour, so gauntly handsome their physiques.

One of her armoury of stylistic tools in the middle years is to present the reader with lists. In other hands this might be boring. But somehow, in context, it sums up all the style and elegant swagger of her writing. It is a city of terrific murders and innumerable spies, of novelists, auctioneers, surgeons and rock stars.

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The piece on London, which she deprecates as being a bit of a period piece, is by the way a masterpiece of travel writing. At the end she observes that much has now changed, as indeed it has. But the essence, which she captures so triumphantly, is still very much visible. It is worth buying the book just to get this essay! Inevitably there will be favourites and not-so-favourite essays, as we all like to have our own favourite places praised.


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But from beginning to end, her eye for the killer point, and above all, her use of language: The prose reminds me of a joint of perfectly cooked beef — rich, easy to digest, and utterly juicy. Actually, given her own beliefs I suppose that ought to be a best shoulder of Welsh lamb. But either way - not to be missed. Classic travel writing that really captures the essence of a place. Moscow s "A fusty crowd of passengers, muffled in wrappings, hangs about the customs desk: Among them all Classic travel writing that really captures the essence of a place.

Among them all the traveller warily passes, a shuffling, heavy-breathing porter carrying his bags behind, and into the car that waits outside; and so down the dank, snow-muffled road, through a landscape numb with cold, he is driven towards the city. Thin flurries of snow are chased by the wind across the road Time expands in such a setting Scale, on the other hand, contracts.

The focus narrows, within the frame of the Kashmir water-life. The picture gets clearer, more exact, and one finds oneself concentrating upon the minutiae, like the number of leaves upon the plucked waterweed, or the twitchy movements of the kingfishers It is simply their presence. The town lives in the knowledge of them, and so acknowledges another scale of things. Its littleness is not inferiority complex, but self-awareness, and it gives the community a particular intensity and vivacity.

The World: Travels 1950-2000

Darjeeling is built in layers, neatly along its ridge like an exhibition town, from the posh hotels and villas at the top to the jumbled bazaar quarter at the bottom: Darjeeling's energies seem to burn the brighter for their smallness, and not a corner of the town is still, or empty, or dull. A few years ago, talking to a friend, I mentioned how I enjoyed reading travel books, and he asked me if I knew Jan Morris.

I didn't, and he told me she was a great travel writer, the best, and strongly advised me to read her books. I forgot about it for a long time, until a couple of months ago, when I was browsing through Amazon, and I ordered this collection of essays to sample her writing. Well, I liked it, it's good and a very enjoyable reading, but it doesn't make me dream of travelling to A few years ago, talking to a friend, I mentioned how I enjoyed reading travel books, and he asked me if I knew Jan Morris.

Well, I liked it, it's good and a very enjoyable reading, but it doesn't make me dream of travelling to the places she writes about, unlike Patrick Leigh Fermor or Bruce Chatwin, for instance. But I found it very interesting nevertheless, especially because, more than a travel book, it's a testimony of the world through the second half of the 20th century: She's an intelligent and attentive observer, and knows how to vividly depict places and events.

A Writer's World : Travels 1950-2000 by Jan Morris (2003, Hardcover)

The writing is good, even if sometimes bothersome by the use of the same expressions in several of the texts, but then, they were written at different times. I don't think I'll be looking for more Morris books, but it was a nice read. Mar 07, Gail rated it really liked it. This is great travel writing. He is an astute observer wherever he goes. I thought he got a little testy in his later years.

I guess one would be a little jaded and a bit too demanding after 50 years of travel, but this is just a little cavil. By and large, I loved going along with him wherever he went. Jan 24, Claire rated it it was amazing. This author has traveled just about everywhere over the past 50 years. She has a gift for figuring out a city's personality. Probably not something to read from cover to cover straight through, but definitely worth jumping around in over time. Especially the essays on NYC. Probably the best travel writer of the latter half of the 20th century. Apr 04, kate rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone interested in how the world is changing.

Very interesting and well-written. Feb 16, Zinaj rated it really liked it. Was just looking for a travel book. The bit about the sex change operation was not what I was looking for.

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Sep 25, cwrigh13 rated it did not like it. Jan Morris stumbles from one cliche to another. Too many factual errors and misspellings. Mar 11, Jun Fang rated it it was amazing. Nov 18, 'stina marked it as to-read Shelves: Eubanks rated it it was amazing Mar 15, Sonya Afanasyeva rated it it was amazing May 09, Grey Sky rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Neil rated it it was amazing Mar 04, Chester Anderson rated it really liked it Sep 23,