- Series: Travelers' Tales Guides
- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Travelers' Tales (March 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932361332
- ISBN-13: 978-1932361339
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic: True Stories (Travelers' Tales Guides) Paperback – March 1, 2006
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very boring not what I was expecting, I left this book on the plane as I was heading to Prague and I only liked the first chapter the rest very boring.Published 11 months ago by Jill C. Cooke
I was not necessarily impressed with these stories. I had hoped to read stories that would help me get more familiar with sites in Prague. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Avid Reader
Gave to our daughter for her upcoming trip to Prague. She likes more than a "go here, see this" guidebook and this one seems to fit the bill nicely. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by CB
This collection of short stories offers a variety of perspectives of the Czech Republic, and accurately reflects the atmosphere within Prague and beyond. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Andiamo
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. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Thie is a good book for those traveling to Czech Republic to understand the culture.Published on May 17, 2008 by Susan French
I've never been to Prague, but traveled there by way of this book. David Farley deftly weaves together the contributors' essays about a city and state of mind that inhabits the... Read morePublished on June 28, 2006 by Faith