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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 Original edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143121472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143121473
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Poetry may be literature’s nirvana, but travel writing occupies a celestial sphere only fractionally inferior in sublimity. Anthologies of travel writing abound, most of them like a pirate’s chest filled to the brim with gems. This one, the second gathering of articles published originally in Condé Nast Traveler magazine, has mostly diamonds for contents. The strongest pieces here—among all strong pieces, that is—include famous food critic Calvin Trillin’s Some Like It Not Hot, in which he shares experiences visiting the Ecuadorean city of Cuenca, calling it a walking around city (which he characterizes as often short on well-known sights but having small-item appeal nevertheless). The Greatest Show on Earth, by Condé Nast Traveler senior correspondent Guy Martin, observes Berlin’s colorful renaissance after decades of Cold War grayness. New Orleans is always fun to read about and to write about as well, as evidenced by Julia Reed, a New Orleans–based journalist, in A Street Named Sazerac, a humorous take on the Big Easy (Drinking is to New Orleans what gambling is to Las Vegas: the point). Jump into these addictive pages anywhere, but be advised that pulling back out will be difficult. --Brad Hooper

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“This stellar collection of 35 essays… will delight nomads of all dispositions.” – PW



“Jump into these addictive pages anywhere, but be advised that pulling back out will be difficult.” – Booklist (starred review)



“Make a pot of coffee, curl up with Unforgettable Journeys and plot your next great escape.” – Bookpage

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ash on October 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Like the first volume, this collection contains articles from a variety of famous writers that they wrote about trips they took. These are the kind of trips that we dream about doing, but for whatever reason, probably never will. This is why I love travel narratives - I can join the adventure without leaving my comfy chair. Of course, in order for this to work, the writing must capture you from the first sentence and keep you enthralled to the very last word. These selections do that. I like that they are short enough pieces to enjoy when I have a free moment here and there, and still feel that I am reading something of substance. My favorite was probably E.L. Doctorow describing his trek to see Bengal Tigers in India, but all of the selections are well worth reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Maitland on April 16, 2013
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What a grind this was to get through! Travel essay books are right up my alley and I usually love these sort of collections of various authors given you get a wide range of places and writing styles. The main point always should be does their writing turn you on enough to make you want to go to the places they wrote on.

Oddly, this collection does not at all. It can't be because of the authors as you have some heavy hitters here of the travel genre from Pico Iyer to Robert Hughes. The problem I think lies in the Conde Naste Traveler magazine style and its audience. Face facts, Conde Naste is aimed at wealthy people. Not that these essays are about luxury travel but the style of writing tends to appeal to those sorts of people. Not that I wanted backpackers' tales here, but I did want something that appealed to someone like me who is inbetween the two.

Honestly, it's hard to put a finger on why this book was such a drag. Maybe Volume I would have been the better choice. Who knows?
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Love, love armchair travel anthologies but this second volume was a disappointment. Certainly, some of the authors like Pico Iyer are at the top of their game but felt the essays here were often wordy and (dare I say it) seem to be only geared to a certain population of travelers. Agree with the other reviewers on this one.
Pass on this one and spend your $ instead on a Lonely Planet anthology !
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By Colleen McCormack on September 10, 2013
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the pages are all messed up! they start and stop at different places & restart the story! i couldnt read or finish any of the stories i needed for class. absolutely terrible.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on September 21, 2012
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There must be some sort of magic attendant to reading magazine articles. They seem fine even compelling at the time, but later when collected into a volume the glamor is gone. Way gone. And that, for me, was the problem with this collection. I probably wouldv'e enjoyed these articles if I were a subscriber to the magazine; in aggregate, they annoy.
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