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11. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 2y

@wizzmorr I have and I love that book so much. It was the first Paul Theroux book I read and I fell in love with his writing after that. It's so great, isn't it? I would love to take that same journey sometime too :)

12. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Full Member 160 posts) 2y

@samsara Yeah thoroughly recommended, i quite like the way he is honest in his appraisal of people and destinations, telling it truthfully rather than painting a glorified picture, i must look out for some of his other work. :)

13. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 2y

I feel like re-reading it again now :)

If you need a recommendation, check out Riding The Iron Rooster. It's all about his experiences travelling by train all over China. Great read as well. He has so many books though - I'm kind of in awe of how much he has travelled!

14. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 2y

Quoting samsara_

I feel like re-reading it again now :)

If you need a recommendation, check out Riding The Iron Rooster. It's all about his experiences travelling by train all over China. Great read as well. He has so many books though - I'm kind of in awe of how much he has travelled!

I've had that book sitting on my bookshelf for years, and you've just inspired me to dig it out and make sure I read it soon - thanks Ev!

15. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 2y

Do it Bex!

Here's a snippet to whet your appetite from the book. In Khartoum he observes a man and wife going to church, but the woman really captures his attention. I love this piece of writing (in a Western age where we are barraged by boobs and booty )

"The woman was very attractive...., tall and black and slender in a gold-coloured gossamer veil which she parted with a toss of her head, giving me a glimpse of her face. Her figure was apparent in the sinuous movement of her gown, and she wore black high-heeled shoes. Part of her gown became entangled in one stiletto heel and as she stooped to disengage the wisp of silken cloth from the heel point with a gloved hand, lifting her gown a bit higher, I saw the filigree of dark henna all over her foot and her ankle and reaching up her leg, delicately painted, as though she were wearing the sexiest French tights. In addition to the pretty shoe and the naked foot, the principal fascination of this lovely painted leg was that it belonged to a woman who was veiled. The explicit fethishism of her feet, her only exposed flesh, left her hidden charms to the imagination. Nothing to me was more erotic"

16. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 2y

You must have read all those suggestions by now - So now....

Anything at all by Freya Stark -

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about her -...

One of the first wonderwomen.

Steve

17. Posted by Tania01 (Budding Member 15 posts) 2y

Why you are looking for travel book? Is it only for experience or you want to visit some where. If you want to visit some where can you mention the name of the place. here is some travel books which might help you.
On the road
The Sun also rises
The beach

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19. Posted by GypsyShack (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

I'm guessing you've already read the epic On The Road and Into the Wild, right? If not - you know what you've gotta do :)
Try some young adult fiction with John Green's Paper Town.
Or Hemingway's personal account of Paris and his world in A Moveable Feast
There's Bill Bryson's Notes From A Small Island too.

Here's an article that would interest you -
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Regards,
Gypsy Shack

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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