In the Steps of the Master

In the Steps of the Master

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Nowhere do the ancient world and the modern collide so abruptly as in the long-disputed territories of the Holy Land. H. V. Morton's account of the journey he undertook there in the early 1930s dramatically evokes the beauty of Israel's countryside at Galilee and the Dead Sea, the grand austerity of its desert plains and the all-consuming passions, turbulent daily life and deep-rooted mysteries of Jerusalem. Alive with discovery, anecdote and humour, 'In the Steps of the Master' is a superbly evocative guide for any traveller in the Middle East today - the times have changed, but, as Morton says in his preface added in 1962, the essential nature of the sites he visited has not altered. Yet Morton's writing transcends travelogue in its portrayal of the realities of faith in a place where belief is made so concrete, and in its vivid, resonant tale of a very personal pilgrimage.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 30mm | 281.23g
  • Methuen Publishing Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • map
  • 0413754200
  • 9780413754202
  • 318,849

Review quote

'The much-loved master of his genre, often imitated but never matched. His books are genuine classics.' Jan Morrisshow more

About H. V. Morton

H. V. Morton (1892-1979) was one of the most popular travel writers of his time. After a brief period of military service he established a career as a journalist and became a reporter for both Fleet Street's The Daily Express and The Daily Herald. H. V. Morton's debut as an author came in 1927 with 'In Search of England', a book that became a best seller. His genial writing style endeared him to the countless readers of the books he wrote about his travels around the British Isles, Spain, Italy and the Middle East between 1927 and 1950. In 1941 H. V. Morton accompanied the delegation which travelled to Newfoundland for the meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill which established the Allied policy for post Second World War Europe, known as the Atlantic Charter. Morton was famously present at the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter and his team in 1922. After the Second World War, H. V. Morton emigrated to South Africa where he lived until his death in 1979.show more

Review Text

The author of several popular travel books (In Search of Ireland, etc.) has here given us a travel book on the Holy Land. He takes what is known of the journeyings of Jesus up and down the land, and follows in his footsteps, and he breathes into it the vitality and freshness that characterize all his books. (Kirkus Reviews)show more