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Peter Whitfield: Travel - A Literary History

This was a well-produced book, from the Bodleian Library press (it’s nice to be able to say such a thing nowadays) and Peter Whitfield writes well as he surveys the territory of travel writing over the centuries. 491 more words

Travel Writing

Across Europe on foot - a vanished world

As a young man fresh out of high school, I tramped around much of British Columbia and Alberta before landing my first newspaper job. I rode in the coal tender of a CPR train (with permission of the engineer) and often slept out rough, one time in an abandoned cabin and another on the floor of a railway station in a tiny mountain village. 738 more words


Oral history - erasing Paddy and Billy

This review of M I Finley’s A World of Odysseus, discusses the hypothesis that oral heroic poetry is not a medium that preserves historical fact, mentioning specifically how the deeds of Paddy, “Billy” Moss, and the others who kidnapped General Kreipe were raised to the level of Cretan heroic oral history, but by 1953, all the names had been forgotten or deliberately erased (the relevant part is highlighted for your convenience). 3,719 more words

Patrick Leigh Fermor

7 favorite books of 2017

It is early in December, but late in the year. Over the weekend I was asked about which were the best books I’ve read in 2017, and I was little perplexed as there have been so many of them. 890 more words


The Changing Seasons ~ Peroulia Dreaming 10

October comes and we fly out of Kalamata International – one of the smallest airports I  have passed through outside upcountry Zambia.  It has been too brief a trip, and every day for seven days I have spent much time watching the mountains of the Mani peninsula across the Gulf. 1,134 more words

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