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One Autumn in Europe by [Hubbell, Steven]
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Editorial Reviews

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"I highly recommend this book - and find a quiet, inspiring place to curl up and enjoy the trip!" 

 - Amazon reader review from Terry Brightwell, Spicewood, TX

"Although vastly different paths, and I, a generation his senior, I closely related with Steven through his journey. A wonderfully told adventure... I was right there with him..."

- Amazon reader review from Gerald Sheppard, Pompano Beach, FL

From the Author

I really didn't write "One Autumn in Europe," it wrote me. From the time I returned from that pilgrimage thirty-three years ago to this very day as I write my "From the Author" note to you, this adventure has continued to weave its essence through my life. Year after year I experience the fluid strokes of indelible ink autograph my heart with new textures, fresh perspectives, intense appreciation, and surprising twists. I have found people who were there, and who remember. I hope I may find more and more as the tribute I offer in these pages makes its way from friend to friend around the globe. Thank you so much for reading it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469996863
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NP5NV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By William R. Creech on September 6, 2012
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I read 4 or five books a month. I only review books when I can add to the conversation. I don't review books that are heavily reviewed and I don't review books that I don't finish. There are only a few books that I recommend to friends. This is one of them. In 1979, this author went to Europe with $550 because he believed the trip would best serve his education. He spent 77 days in Europe and was moved by the people he met and the things that he saw. I never lost interest in following his adventure. But that does not tell the whole story. I do not know when he actually wrote the memoir, but it is very obvious that he spent many hours trying to describe what he experienced. Most indie books are awkwardly written. This one is different. Over and over I found beautifully written sections where Mr. Hubbell obviously worked very hard to put into words feelings that he had. They are a treasure. The story was good, but it is the author's use of language that makes this book special. There is a bobble or two, but the truth is that Mr. Hubbell has written English that deserves to be read aloud and savored. I can't say that about many books. If you like good prose, you will enjoy this book.

Here is an example. He is in Venice and it has started to rain very hard. Everyone has jammed together out of the rain. The author decides to leave the crowd and:

"Either the downpour suddenly subsided or everyone else just decided to follow me in the rain, but whatever

happened, it was like a cork popped off and effervescence came spilling out. The pedestrian traffic jam dispersed

like a swarm of liberated anarchists. It was a bizarre moment, a hushed moment where a congregated mass of

potential energy suddenly goes kinetic; it was a simple, nothing moment I would never forget."

Good book.
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I'm a fan of the travel genre so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this book, but having read a lot of travel writing I have to say that this book is a notch above many others. The author tells a lovely story with descriptions that put you there on the road alongside him. Many times I expected him to befall a tragedy from befriending strangers, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that their kindness and goodness was really just that. How refreshing! This is a book I didn't want to put down until I got to the end. My only regret is - oops, I don't want to give any spoilers! Let's just say I was spellbound with the pages about Carol!
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This book contains all of the elements of a great read: a likeable main character with whom I could indentify, vivid descriptions of
far off locations that heighten the inner senses, the heart or emotional quotient which allowed me to really connect with the author,
and a message for the reader. As the story unfolds I connected to the inner life of a young man on the verge of adulthood, searching for himself through his travels and his experiences with the people he meets. At the young age of 19, it took great courage to make a journey through Europe alone, with only a backpack and a few dollars. Having the faith to depend on the kindness of strangers in the face of dangerous alternatives, rewards this young man
with experiences that have stayed with him through his life. Highly recommend!
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A brilliant recollection of innocence lost on the road to adulthood, a journey dreamed of by many, but travelled by few. Masterfully edited by a seasoned journeyman with all the zeal and exuberance of his youthful adventure intact. A true joy to read, yet I'm saddened, for of all of his art, poetry and stories created, this is all that is available to us the general public at this time. I strongly recomend this book to all who wish to recapture that innocent age, and I hope this is just the first of many journeys to come from this talented writer.
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I found this to be a very interesting account of the authors trip through Europe as a college student. I have been to Europe several times and just returned before reading the book. It was interesting to see his impression of the same sights that I had visited. I would recommend this book to anyone that is thinking of going to Europe or has been there before.
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I really enjoyed this book. It brought to life the journey and the people the author met along the way. I felt like I was there. It was a nice mix of what the author did and what he experienced. I've lived abroad and so could relate to and appreciate his story. More than anything though, it was an insightful profile of the author and his feelings. Very enjoyable!
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A lovely narrative of an experience I'm sure most of us wish we could say we had! Whether or not the author truly "found himself" during this journey isn't really clear, but the experience had to be life altering. On a slightly critical note: I was a bit surprised that in many of the interactions with people the author seemed a mute observer rather than one that would question and be curious about the lives of his many benefactors. But I'm being picky. I loved this unassuming read though I'm sure the Europe of 2013 would be quite different....and more dangerous.
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There are some books that I want to read again, and this is one of
them.

I want to go back and read some of it aloud, too, to better
experience the unique way that the writer puts his words together.

There is lavish and liberal use of descriptive words that make the prose exciting.
The storytelling technique often makes you want to go back and read
a line again, just for the pleasure of seeing how the words connect
with each other.

You could almost feel the cold nights, breathe the fresh air of the
Alps, see and smell the dank waters of the Venice canals, and feel the
tingle of inspiration on viewing Michelangelo's great works.

The writer tells an appealing story with honesty,
intelligence, integrity, and sensitivity.
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