Not just anyone could do justice to Europe and how it's changed over the past 50 years. It takes a person with the longevity and experience to have known Europe since the war, a sensitivity and intelligence to reflect with insight, and the eloquence to bring it alive. It was Jan Morris's book to write, and the world is richer for her having done so. Historian, travel writer, and novelist--Morris takes an intimate trip through Europe, from Trieste at the end of World War II to booking passage on the Chunnel train and contemplating a modern, united Europe. With her keen use of language, astute eye, and personal touch, Morris narrates engagingly the pride, pathos, and ironies of Europe.
From Library Journal
After a half-century of traversing Europe, which for her stretches from Iceland to the former Yugoslavia, travel writer and historian Morris (Fisher's Face, LJ 5/15/95) offers a chatty, nostalgic guided tour. Her book consists of hundreds of loosely organized, bite-sized recollections of people and places: sacred stones and rivers, tram lines and steamships?anything that defines part of European culture. Morris is especially interested in details that sharply illustrate changes between 1946 and 1996: the Channel tunnel (Chunnel), the opening of an Irish pub in Estonia, the growth of the European Union. Her fluid, leisurely wit shows no trace of condescension, for she finds something to like everywhere, even fondly remembering Soviet-style hotels in Lithuania. A sincere love of Europe's diversity radiates throughout. Recommended for popular history and travel collections.?Robert Persing, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Philadelphia
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