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A Motor-Flight Through France (Classic Reprint) [Paperback]

Edith Wharton
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June 9, 2010 1440052794 978-1440052798
A MOTOR - FLIGHT THROUGH FRANCE PART I I BOULOGNE TO AMIENS THE motor-car" has restored the romance of travel. Freeing us from all the compulsions and contacts of the railway, the bondage to fixed hours and the beaten track, the approach to each town through the area of ugliness and desolation created by the railway itself, it has given us back the wonder, the adventure and the novelty • which enlivened the way of our posting grandparents. Above all these recovered pleasures must be ranked the delight of taking a town unawares, stealing on it by back ways and unchronicled paths, and surprising in it some intimate aspect of past time, some silhouette hidden for half a century or more by the ugly mask of [ 1 ]

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.

Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the difficult to read text. Read books online for free at http://www.forgottenbooks.org

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"A portrait of a long-forgotten France, a country that, when Wharton ranged over it in her 1904 Panhard-Levassor, was largely unchanged from medieval times."—New York Times Book Review

"Those who have been charmed with Mrs. Wharton's novels will not be disappointed by her venture into the unfamiliar role of a travel writer."—New York Times (1908)

"Wharton's reflections will still charm those who've been and those who dream. A nice addition to American literature as well as travel collections."—Library Journal

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She is the author of such classics in American literature as The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence, and Ethan Frome.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (June 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440052794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440052798
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,826,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First hand view of France before WWI... August 19, 2000
Edith Wharton has written two books worthy of being read by everyone, "The Age of Innocence" and "A Motor-Fight Through France." Ms. Wharton was a wealthy New Yorker and in a day when most could not afford to do so (before WWI) she set out by automobile with her husband and her friend Henry James to tour the French countryside. This might not seem a "big deal" today, but visualize a country where one could only travel by train and out of the way places were inaccessible except by wagon or oxcart.
The book contains descriptions of several trips. One trip takes the reader in a big swoop from northern France to southern France and back. She visits the home of Madam Dudevant (George Sand) and a number of churches and other buildings of historic interest. There are only a few old photographs in the book, so one might need to consult another source to fully enjoy her descriptions of various places. I've taken a few courses on French arcitecture and visted France several times and I still had to consult other books--but it's worth it. Some of the French countryside has been altered and some of the older places are gone. The most memorable visits are to Nohant, home of George Sand. It is obvious Ms. Wharton considered Sand a spiritual mentor.
In her other books and articles, Ms. Wharton covered Spain, Italy and points of interest in the Mediterranean. She later visited the front during WWI and became a war correspondent for an American newspaper. This book covers the halcyon days before the carnage when the world was younger and more innocent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant travel memoir May 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Wharton at her best. Absolutely charming descriptions of travel through France, the houses, the people, the countryside. Delicious repartee with her traveling companion, Henry James. The new e-book edition is beautifully produced, and the introduction by travel writer Lavinia Spalding is a Must Read. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational age of travel May 31, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm ashamed to admit that I hadn't read much of Wharton prior to this, however am grateful that I chose this new e-book edition to reacquaint myself with her. I loved the introduction by Lavinia Spalding, as well as the gorgeous publication of this edition. The description of place is a great insight to another age of travel, and one that we often forget existed--a nice way to see differently.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extensive Discussions on Medievil French Architecture December 7, 1999
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A book of this title ought to be about the wind rushing through one's hair as the countryside flashes past. Instead we read only a tedious & obsessive account of church architecture, which renders the book's title extraordinarily misleading. It puzzles me how a writer with such immense human understanding can write a travel book with absolutely no mention of any encounter another human being; either native Frenchmen or her fellow traveller, Henry James. She wasn't to know this since cars were such new technology, but travel in cars cannot do otherwise than totally seal off the traveller from his environment. This was a huge and sadly missed opportunity to describe travel at the dawn of the motoring era: before traffic jams, before towns bordered by terrible bland industrial parks and out of town shopping malls, before ring roads, freeways, and ubiquitous Macdonalds.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly reproduced publication November 22, 2009
By Lyndley
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a fascinating look into the early days of automobile touring and, understandably, a very different view of France than the traveller sees today. However I was not aware from its Amazon description that this was an enlarged photocopy of the Scribner 1908 edition of Edith Wharton's A motor flight through France. The print has bcome so furred in the process of enlargement that it is extremely unpleasant to read. The illustrations are almost useless.
If Amazon is going to sell Bibliolife and other photocopied reproductions, could they please ensure they are described accurately on their web page. I would never buy another.
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