- Series: Travelers' Tales Classics
- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Travelers' Tales (October 30, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885211538
- ISBN-13: 978-1885211538
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,528 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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have never read Halliburton you should. Takes you back to another time and another place, when the world was still big and filled with adventure.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Needed a few more photos to be as entertaining as the later Halliburton books.Published 5 months ago by E. Rennie
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 14 months ago by Mark Rickerby
Excellent reading! We incorporate all of Halliburton's books in our home schooling!Published 15 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 16 months ago by Paladin