Locations

Locations

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Locations is an honest and insightful look at thirteen unique places from the woman who has, in her own words, been earning her living "by perpetual wandering and writing" for nearly forty years. One of the world's preeminent travel writers, Jan Morris is the author of a number of highly acclaimed volumes. And now, in Locations, she presents yet another collection of provocative essays on destinations as varied as Paris and Oslo, West Point and Chicago. These pieces reveal not so much how a place looks, feels, or sounds, but Morris's own response to a particular moment, her appreciation of history's causes and effects, her sharp eye for a telling detail, and her ability to find the meaning in a chance encounter. In Vermont, she retells with delight how, like the keys to a city, she was given the gift of a piece of lead piping from which the stallion Justin Morgan (the father of the breed of Morgan horses) had drunk. She finds Oaxaca colored violently by its Indianness, where one can hear the arcane languages of the Mixtec, Zapotec, and Ixcatec, and, five thousand feet above sea level, get a benign and hallucinatory effect of breathiness and romance. Morris captures what she calls the pungency of the Tex-Mex frontier, where one can not only find clans that maintain their immemorial feuds on both sides of the Rio Grande, but also such unexpected settlers as a "blond and smiling Swiss lady, like someone out of a Renoir" in charge of a breakfast counter in Laredo. And we experience the mood in post-Wall Berlin, where "the awful fear that used to hang over the Wall like a black cloud" has vanished, and "the soldiers of the People's Army have turned out to be human after all." For travelers, for lovers of adventure, for anyone who simply appreciates fine writing, Locations offers hours of enjoyable reading.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 12.7mm | 68.04g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192831364
  • 9780192831361

Table of contents

Vermont - Justin Morgan and the enjoyment industry; Paris - within the peripherique; Oaxaca - an unquestionable place; Norfolk Island - an owl in paradise; London - land of lost content; Ottawa - city of the great hare; Trieste - loitering on the quay; Westpoint- "beat Louisville sir!";m Venice - into the bar; Texas - where the worlds meet; Nantucket - islands of islands; Glasgow - a reincarnation; Canberra - nothing if not Australian; Chicago - boss no more; St John's - thwack!; San Francisco - refresher course; Roussillon - an invented country?; Berlin - the worst over.show more

About Jan Morris

About the Author Jan Morris is the author of numerous books including Among the Cities, Destinations, Journeys, and The Matter of Wales.show more

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