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The Best American Travel Writing 2012
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
The longest story in the collection is an endlessly detailed and boring piece about a fair that has nothing to do with travel. At least a third to half of the stories were only marginally about travel. There was only one that was in any way exciting, and even that had the excitement happening to other than the author. Very dissappointing, except for one or two pieces, including the one by Pico Iyer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2012
I've been a long time reader of this annual collection of travel stories. Each one has had a different viewpoint that is shaped by the editors that change each year. Some have been better than others. I give this collection a solid B+. The stories are well chosen and the writing is solid.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
Great selection of dark, fascinating essays. My favorite was my coauthor Kenan Trebincevic's short essay about returning to Bosnia after the Balkan war, "The Reckoning."
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
Since the beginning I've been a fan of the Best American Travel Series which has kept me
entertained on many a cold, wintery evening. This year the stories are more enjoyable than ever even if some are as dark as a December night. It's unfortunate that "How to Explore Like a Real Victorian Adventurer" is the first piece as it is the weakest. It did challenge me, though, to take time to look closer at the
world around me but to the uninitiated it could be off-putting. I'm hard pressed to
pick a favorite. "My Days with the Anti-Mafia" fed my facinaction with the underworld. And who wouldn't want to spend time in the City of Lights after reading
"Letter from Paris"? I was amazed that anybody would want to take on such a dangerous
journey as in "Walking the Border." Adverturers and arm-chair travelers alike
can rest aussured they won't be disappointed with the latest edition of the Best
Travel series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2013
Disappointing. :-( I have read several of the previous editions of this book and loved them. But this one had very little 'travel' writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
This is not about travel. This book is more about people complaining about their relatives. I used to love this series. It is too bad it got away from it's original objective of fabulous travel writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2013
I was expecting an anthology of travel stories. While all of the stories do involve travel, I would say that for the most part these are journalistic explorations of various cultures. Well written, but not quite what I was expecting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
I'm only 1/2 way through this collection, but I may have to give up. So far I don't consider anything I've read to be "travel writing". This is journalism or essays, both of which can fall under the category of travel writing, but not in this case.
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28 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
Usually, I find the "Best American Travel Writing" books wonderful, but I had trouble getting involved in these essays. I finally realized that all but 2 or 3 or the 19 stories were written by men, giving the book a testosterone-laced flavor. Not that some of the men's contributions weren't excellent. How can you go wrong with Paul Theroux, for example?

In general, men's writing tends to contain more competitive themes than women's. There's often more violence and situations in which the protagonists gain victory over odds, I've found. This has a Johnny-One-Note effect on me after afterwhile.

Guys will probably love the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
DISAPPOINTED! Not what I thought it was. The stories were written well , but were written about places that l would not travel to.
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