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“If there is a better book of travel in English, I do not know it.” —R. M. Dawkins, University of Oxford

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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George Norman Douglas (8 December 1868 – 7 February 1952) was a British writer, now best known for his 1917 novel South Wind.

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Product Details

  • Series: Marlboro Travel
  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Marlboro Press (December 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810160226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810160224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,250,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Goold on September 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy books by literary travellers, you will love this one. In it a humane sensibility reveals itself in clean, meticulous prose. This is not a book about Calabria but a book about Norman Douglas in Calabria, a much more interesting topic. Read Paul Fussell's excellent essay on Douglas, "Norman Douglas's Temporary Attachments" and you will understand. In Abroad: British Literary Traveling between the Wars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cd2011 on January 7, 2012
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This book is a masterpiece of English literature on Italy. However the book description on Amazon is misleading. It is not about Calabria but "Old Calabria." To the ancients the area between northern Apulia (Puglia) and Calabria, and of course Calabria itself, was Calabria. The first half of the book is mostly about the area which is called Tavoliere di Puglia, which is in current-day Puglia, and parts of Basilicata (the old Lucania). Only the second half deals with current-day Calabria.

Norman Douglas's knowledge and grasp of Southern Italy is unsurpassed. I also highly recommend "Siren Land." Add to these Goethe's "Italian Journey" and you will have gained the kind of insight that no contemporary, olive-tree hugging, marketing-conscious author can ever provide.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Varipapa on September 19, 2010
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This was a brilliant book and thoroughly enjoyable. At first I got it to look into the nature of the Calabrian people but soon realized it was the story of one man's interpretation of his own travels through Southern Italy in areas that may at one time have been part of Calabria. Interestingly San Giuseppe di Cupertino was mentioned in the book but he is from Le Marche, far north of Calabria if old. Still a witty and sarcastic endeavor that was fun to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maria cristina on February 28, 2014
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travel back in time, passages unknown and to re-explore once again, history and traditions mixed together, excellently written in its time
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Just a wonderful book, for Italophiles and long-time residents of southern Italy! (note: Written in the early 1900's.) Where else could you find a time-capsule travelogue written by a grumpy old Scottish pedophile with a sense of ironic humor who really can write?? Loved it.
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