Travel literature...

Dec 21st, 1999, 06:43 AM
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Travel literature...

I know this message board full of great information but i have not seen anything in regards to travel literature. I think its safe to say that the Lets Go Europe book is the best, then Fodor's Upclose, which was my bible last summer. Does anyone know when the edition of Upclose will come out?

Also, I am trying to figure out what work of fiction to bring with my on winter backpacking trip. I'm leaving Christmas night for Amsterdam. I'm considering Joyce's Ulysses, and Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer.
 
Dec 21st, 1999, 01:14 PM
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Moses,
If you're looking for fiction with an Amsterdam setting, look for the detective novels of Janwillem Van de Wetering, a former Amsterdam police officer. They're in English, capture the essence of Amsterdam and the Dutch culture and are a good read. If I'm not mistaken, Camus' The Plague is set in Amsterdam or a city paralleling its character.
I don't think it's "safe to say" that the Lets Go Europe is the best travel literature, by any means. The Blue Guides, Michelin and Baedeker Guides, Insight and Eyewitness Guides each serve a niche as does the Lets Go guides, but no one is "the best". Most experienced travelers will tell you that they depend on many more than one guide for their decision making.
For true travel literature, look to Jan Morris, Paul Theroux, V. S. Pritchett, Blake Ehrlich for writing that is both travel oriented and highly literate.
 
Dec 21st, 1999, 01:59 PM
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Just to be pedantic, I believe that the Camus novel Wes is thinking of is The Fall.

Actually, there have been a number of threads on this forum that discuss guidebooks (usually sparked by a question like "What is the best guidebook to ___ ?") or travel literature. You could try a search of the Fodor's archives.
 
Dec 21st, 1999, 02:15 PM
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Tourist boards offer much free info, sent to you in about a week. Just call information in major cities--NYC has most of them, for starters.

Let's Go is for a certain young niche--check out the library or a bookstore to get an overview of others.
 
Dec 21st, 1999, 02:33 PM
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Hi! Just read your posting and some of the replies. I agree with Wes Fowler in that it is best to check out several guides. Just because it is not mentioned does not mean it is not used. I have never used Lets Go. I prefer Lonely Planet, Roough Guide, Fodors and Michelin. Used Beadekers also. Check out the bookstores for those guides that suite your purpose.
The last couple of times I requested information from a consulate or Travel Office, I was charged for it. The Czech Rep, and others especially in the poor countries ask for a fee before sending the info.
Enjoy your traveling alan
 
Dec 21st, 1999, 04:57 PM
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Well now, looks like I've done it again! Another FALL from grace due to a memory PLAGUEd by an overload of facts. Reminds me of last year when I responded to a Paris traveller that she consider a day trip to Givenchey, the fashion designer, when I meant Monet's Giverny.

By the way, Moses, if you're interested in travel literature with an American flavor, look into "Blue Highways" by William Least Heat Moon - yes that really is his name!
 
Dec 21st, 1999, 10:09 PM
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Some of the books you guys mentioned I have never seen. And I work in a bookstore. I would definetly be willing to look them up. But I do think Lets Go is the best for me because I am on budget, and only 19. Lets Go defintely caters to that.

I've narrow my book selections to three. Ulysses, Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, and a collection of Emily Dickens poetery.
 
Dec 21st, 1999, 11:50 PM
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One of the things about this board is that wecan be pretty much guaranteed not to agree about anything (except pink running suits and bum bags).

Me; I always use an Insight guide for "deep background", usually a Rough Guide for detailed practical information and then they get topped up with a walking guide and a bird guide. The latter normally have general information as well as the specialist stuff I am looking for. They vary from place to place but the Sunflower guides are great- if idiosyncratic.

The only time I used a Let's Go, I thought it OK but not as good as the Rough Guide. Stll, different strokes....

As far as literature is concerned may I refer you to Elvira's Christmas present. That's my sort of travel literature
 
Feb 12th, 2000, 03:16 PM
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All this time later I want to thank you Wes Fowler for the tip on Janwillem van de Wetering books. I tried to get one at Christmas-time but couldn't find any in town. I finally special ordered one and it arrived last week. My husband is enjoying this book immensely and wasn't looking forward to getting to the end so we found two others at the library. (I'm afraid now he might want to read the whole series!)
 
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