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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143112619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143112617
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
The previous two reviewers both gave this two stars only. I think the arrangement of the articles, alphabetically by country, detracts from the power of the best entries here. The magazine obviously can attract top authors to contribute, yet the selections vary widely in length, focus, and inherent interest. While there are eight or ten fine pieces, too many others trudge along dutifully and make you wonder why, except for the commission from their publisher, the author bothered at all.

There's not much in the way of editorial guidance. A skimpy introduction, and while each entry does have appended a relevant supplement that appears to be lifted from what would have accompanied the original article, there's no byline to verify or deny this. These "service addenda" are credited only in a list ending the acknowledgements. So, I'm not sure who wrote each one; only two of the authors appear here in this endnote. These suggested itineraries, reading lists, or travel tips, as with the original entries, veer all over the place in quality. From two decades, if these are the best 21 articles from "eighteen eminent contributors," then I'm glad I did not have to read the rest of the magazine's articles that didn't make the cut.

Gregor von Rezzori floats down the Romanian Danube but fails to make us want to follow; Russell Banks did the same for me in the Everglades. Jan Morris on the Big Island of Hawai'i, Nik Cohn in Savannah, Edna O'Brien at Bath, and Patricia Storace in Provence all provide serviceable reports, but none of these grabbed my interest enough. Nicole Krauss enters Japanese gardens in Kyoto, and she does conjure up if you're curious why they cast their spell. Shirley Hazzard tells where to go on Capri, and again the appeal may lure those so inclined.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Bacallao on February 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to sinking myself into this book and finding myself dying to go to some of the places mentioned in the book. The book did not give me this feeling. Some of the essays were very good at convincing me not to travel to these places, i.e. Pico Iyer's Ethiopia for one. Others were just blah.. Only a few inspired.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful By K. Alley on December 12, 2007
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I was disappointed in this book because the stories are so lifeless. There are a lot of facts about each destination but it falls extremely short of inspiring travel. I think the people who wrote the chapters need a little excitement in their lives...but I'm not sure where they'll get it if Greece, Italy, England and South America don't evoke enough emotion for them. Maybe Cleveland.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith A Welsh on May 18, 2013
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The book gave a nice synopsis of various places. It was a view not usually seen by regular tourists. One article even discussed safety precautions where most articles don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Maitland on August 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
The writing itself is great as the editor got to cherrypick from the best of Conde Nast Traveller magazine. the problem is within the mag you'd have nice glossy pics of these places that are talked about so sometimes the text does not work without the pics.

At the ends of each article are tips, notes, trivia, etc. on the places discussed.
Those are mainly, like the mag, aimed at those people traveling to these particular places.

Also, since this info is not up here and to better make your purchasing decision, here's the list of places talked about in the book. I have no idea why they felt the need to have three articles on Italy when most nations warranted just the one:
Czech Republic
England
France
Greece
Rome, Italy
Capri, Italy
Vatican City
Romania
Barcelona, Spain
Santiago, Spain

Iceland

Iran
Jordan
Ethiopia
Tanzania

Japan
Philippines
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii

Himalayas
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