A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk about Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration
Travelers' Tales, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 378 pages
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 writerís 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 itís 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lonepalm - LibraryThing
Very good...: I bought this book as soon as I read the list of writers who were interviewed for it. I was not disappointed. The experiences these writers have goes far beyond just two weeks of ... Read full review
Review: A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and InspirationUser Review - Colleen - Goodreads
Interviews with travel writers from America and Britain. Somewhat repetitive due to the nature of the topic but lovely insights about life, writing and travel. To quote from the interview with Frances Mayes: "I like when I know the person is there, and they make the world of being there. Read full review