- Series: Travelers' Tales Classics
- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Travelers' Tales (October 30, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885211538
- ISBN-13: 978-1885211538
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Royal Road to Romance (Travelers' Tales Classics) Paperback – October 30, 2000
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Hardly anyone knows his name today, but in the 1930's Halliburton's name was well-known and his travel/adventure books were best sellers. My dad had read them in the depths of the Depression and they'd engendered in him a thirst for travel, which he fulfilled many times over with a career in the airline industry.
I guess the same thing happened to me when I read "The Royal Road to Romance" around 1952 and was permanently bitten by the travel bug. I was surfing around the net tonight and ran across a story on Richard Halliburton and thought I'd check to see if any of his books were still in print. I was quite surprised to see they are and people are still reading him.
Give this book to a kid with dreams, or read it yourself. Any book that sticks with you for 52 years has got to be very special.
"Halliburton - horizon chaser."
So self-identifies Richard Halliburton, author and protagonist of this story of glorious adventure.
One of my weaknesses as a reader is for travelogues. I read many of them, relishing the accounts of the obscure as well as the renowned. But truly, it's not my weakness so much as the genre's strength. Travel somehow turns unexceptional literary talents into Hemingways and Nabokovs; the experience of the exotic turns us all into wide-eyed children again, while simultaneously equipping us with powers of description and evocation that we never otherwise master.
I have wondered where so many great travel writers learned their craft. Having now read Halliburton, I see that his was clearly the forerunner of much of the great traveloguing of more recent decades.
Halliburton begins the story in his dorm room at Princeton, where his classmates are poring over various snooze-inducing studies. Halliburton, feeling stifled and bored, ventures outside to escape, and feels his youthful spirit calling to him in the night: "I wanted to swim in the Hellespont where Lord Byron swam, float down the Nile in a butterfly boat, make love to a pale Kashmiri maiden beside the Shalimar, dance to the castanets of Granada gypsies, commune in solitude with the moonlit Taj Mahal, hunt tigers in a Bengal jungle. . ."
And so begins an unsurpassable story of true-life adventure. Halliburton crosses the Atlantic, scales the Matterhorn, gets himself arrested on Gibraltar, wanders through the Alhambra, sleeps atop the Great Pyramid, hikes through the Himalayas, hides in the Taj Mahal at night, explores the temples of Angkor, survives a pirate attack in the South China Sea, and much more.Read more ›
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I have all of Richard Halliburton's books, including one he signed back in the 1930's. He was an incredible writer describing an incredible time - the Golden Age of travel - when... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark Rickerby
Excellent reading! We incorporate all of Halliburton's books in our home schooling!Published 9 months ago by carol
This book is rather dull, seems like a tour guide at best: go here, note the paintings on the walls, the garden is nice, etc. No really personal touches. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paladin
Good copy. Read this as a boy and was happy to get one in good condition.Published 16 months ago by Philip McDaniel
As I have already given comments on Halliburton's books please refer to them. He was a master travel writer and should be enjoyed by all who enjoy travel actively oor in the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Frances C. Kauffman
I wish you would not use the word 'love' in regard to an inanimate object. 'Like' is more appropriate and 'very much' or similar adjectives can enhance the degree of 'like'. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Frances C. Kauffman
Richard Halliburton....wow, hard to believe all he has done. An amazing story, unfortunately in today's state of affairs I am sure you would end up in a foreign prison or start a... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Keri