In A Sense of Place, journalist/travel writer Michael Shapiro goes on a pilgrimage to visit the world's great travel writers on their home turf to get their views on their careers, the writer's craft, and most importantly, why they chose to live where they do and what that place means to them. The book chronicles a young writer’s conversations with his heroes, writers he's read for years who inspired him both to pack his bags to travel and to pick up a pen and write. Michael skillfully coaxes a collective portrait through his interviews, allowing the authors to speak intimately about the writer's life, and how place influences their work and perceptions.
In each chapter Michael sets the scene by describing the writer's surroundings, placing the reader squarely in the locale, whether it be Simon Winchester's Massachusetts, Redmond O'Hanlon's London, or Frances Mayes's Tuscany. He then lets the writer speak about life and the world, and through quiet probing draws out fascinating commentary from these remarkable people. For Michael it’s a dream come true, to meet his mentors; for readers, it's an engaging window onto the twin landscapes of great travel writers and the world in which they live.
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Journalist Shapiro (Internet Travel Planner) says that he embarked on this collection of illuminating interviews with the desire to learn more about his favorite authors, about "their lives, their hopes, their aspirations, and their thoughts about the world." He set out to meet publishing veterans such as Bill Bryson (A Walk in the Woods), Jan Morris (Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere), Paul Theroux (The Great Railway Bazaar) and Peter Matthiessen (The Snow Leopard), writers whose insights do indeed make for fascinating reading. But Shapiro’s discussions with novelist Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits) and guidebook gurus Rick Steves and Arthur Frommer prove equally enlightening. In the chapter "At Home with the Spirits," for example, Allende talks about the ways in which travel informs and influences her work. She likens the memories someone keeps from a trip to the significant details that get included in a particular story: "The person doesn’t bring back the month; the person brings back the big strokes, the brilliant colors, the intense experiences, and in a week you have forgotten how uncomfortable you were and the mosquitoes. You only remember those things that eventually you might write about." Conversations such as these help Shapiro’s book live up to its ambitious title. By combining brief profiles with lengthy Q&As for each author, he provides a comprehensive look at the process these and other writers often go through, making the volume a good choice for both armchair travelers and aspiring writers.
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Big-minded, big-hearted, progressive and compassionate. -- San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 19, 2004
Hearing some of the great travel writers talk about their craft is certainly instructive for readers and writers alike. -- New York Times Book Review, Dec. 5, 2004
I enjoyed "A Sense of Place" down to the last drop. This is a wonderful book... a fascinating read. -- Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler
Illuminating, entertaining, and insightful. -- Chicago Tribune, Oct. 3, 2004
Shapiro functions as a less long-winded Charlie Rose, seeming to know the books as well as their authors do. -- The Washington Post, Nov. 28, 2004
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Descripción Travelers' Tales, San Francisco, 2004. Softcover. Estado de conservación: New. First printing.. 378 pages. Softcover. New Book. Signed by Michael Shapiro. TRAVEL. Michael Shapiro's illuminating conversations with the world's great travel writers reveal deeply-held views about the craft of writing, the world, and home. Go with him and ride over dusty Montana roads to Tim Cahill's writing cabin, step into the Dickensian clutter of Redmond O'Hanlon's house in Oxford, visit Frances Mayes in her Tuscan villa, gaze at Peter Matthiessen's rustic zendo on Long Island, and empty a bottle of wine with Jonathan Rabin in a Seattle study that seems like a ship's cabin. (Key Words: Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, Isabel Allende, Pico Iyer, Simon Winchester, Peter Matthiessen, Redmond O'Hanlon, Jonathan Raban, Arthur Frommer, Tim Cahill, Jan Morris, Michael Shapiro, Travel Writers, Writing, Signed Books). Inscribed. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 16355X1
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