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  • Series: Travelers' Tales Guides
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932361332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932361339
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic, we can all get a good glimpse of a different world.
Tim Leffel
This collection of short stories offers a variety of perspectives of the Czech Republic, and accurately reflects the atmosphere within Prague and beyond.
Andiamo
If you're headed for Prague, buy this book to read on the plane--and then read it again after you return, just for the joy of it.
Sharon Hudgins

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Hudgins on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Sharon Hudgins, author of "The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East."

Whether you're planning a trip to Prague or have visited there many times before (as I have), you'll definitely want to add this excellent book to your travel library. This "Travelers' Tales" compilation--edited by David Farley and Jessie Scholl--is NOT the typical collection of tourists' accounts or wannabe writers' amateur essays. The editors have selected more than three dozen stories by some of today's best travel writers (including themselves), from well known Czechs to Americans who have lived in (and fallen in love with) Prague and other places in the Czech Republic. Each story provides insight into a different aspect of a city and country that have captured the imaginations of travelers and writers for several centuries. History, politics, and sociology share space on the pages with personal experiences, poignant memories, and quirky adventures. (You'll even learn how this talented editor-couple first met in Prague.) If you're headed for Prague, buy this book to read on the plane--and then read it again after you return, just for the joy of it. Highly recommended!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adam Daniel Mezei on June 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Famous Czech author Ivan Klima opens this book with a promising observation: "I do not like stories about tourist experiences, and I refuse to accept generalizations about a place, let alone people. Fortunately, my concerns were unfounded."

Indeed!

First hearing of Travelers' Tales Prague, I believe I'd read about David Farley and Jessie Sholl's new anthology in some obscure Prague online newsletter I make a habit of scanning over my Czech "turk" coffee in the morning. I fell in love with the idea, as it was described in the article, and I immediately popped by the title's Amazon page. I was shocked to discover then that there was only the *single* Amazon review of this work?!

I just finished this book today and there was still that lone review. For the life of me, I can't explain why. One review out of a multitude of tasteless reviews for works of much lesser calibre and quality. The mother of all unfairnesses!

Let me be completely clear: TRAVELERS' TALES were bang on the money by deciding to invite co-editors Jessie Sholl and her husband David Farley helm this little pocket rocket of literary might! This is a divine book gifted by a rugby team of contributions from too-talented-to-be-true scribes who tell of lives lived, loves forged and lost, and adventures experienced during meanders about the former Czechoslovakia and its present-day successor, the Czech Republic.

In assmebling this coterie of sage scribblers from across the globe, Travelers' Tales Prague provides an at times humourous, at other times shocking, and at most times tender portrait of a world which is old, and new and sometimes both in-between.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Write on March 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
A great read, even if you've never even thought about setting foot inside the Czech Republic. David Farley's tale of a traditional pig slaughter gone wrong is hysterical--right up there with David Sedaris' best work; Jessie Sholl's story of meeting her future husband is sweetly romantic; and Paulina Porizkova (the model, actress and author of A Model Summer) shares the funny story of her return to her home country as a celebrity after leaving in exile as a child. Many more tales are included; all are worth reading. If this is representative of the rest of the Travelers' Tales books, I'll be picking up more in the series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tim Leffel on September 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Travelers' Tales destination books provide a fully-rounded picture of a destination and this Prague and the Czech Republic goes down like a pint of good pilsner. Despite story angles that are all over the map---in a good way---the chosen essays are consistently good in a way that's usually hard to pull off over the course of an entire collection. This is probably due, in part, to Prague being known as a refuge of poets, novelists, and those who aspire to be one or the other.

There are a few well-known writers in the collection: Ivan Kilma provides the intro and there are stories from Jan Morris and Thomas Swick. Overall though, it manages to collect a pool of characters, mostly unknown, who have something to say about a place often dubbed the second coming of Henry Miller's Paris.

Several overall themes flow throughout: the rebirth after communism, the struggle adapting to a free market, the hordes of barfing tourists that have rapidly changed the city, the legacy of Nazi atrocities, and the pursuit of a real life well lived. Then there's the foreboding air created by menacing castles, the bones sculptures of Sedlec, and Kafka's stories of senseless frustration. Through Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic, we can all get a good glimpse of a different world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2010
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I bought this book just before a trip to Prague and was still reading it while there. I really wanted to experience some of the things that the various authors did. Czechs have a thing they do that sounds right up my alley: they become hobos for an overnight, a weekend, or a vacation. They join up with others and no one can figure out who is a real hobo and who is a pretender. It sounds like something for a bucket list, something you'd always remember. One of the weirdest travel books you'll ever read but if you followed it, what a memorable vacation you'd have.
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