By the Ionian Sea: Notes of a Ramble in Southern Italy

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Northwestern University Press, 1996 - Travel - 145 pages
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"The book is worth reading from beginning to end," said The Nation in June 1905, upon the first American publication of this classic work of travel literature.

The second of two memorable trips to the Mediterranean. The second was to Calabria and the wild Italian coast south of Naples. From bad food to filthy inns and dangerously watered wine, to a strange malarial-type fever which kept him bedridden for days, Gissing suffered all for the sake of viewing the sites and old ruins of "Magna Graecia," and to see for himself the classical cities he called his "land of romance." Filled with humor, pathos, and captivating landscapes, By the Ionian Sea continues to inspire the traveler, while re-educating the reader in the glories of this still-forgotten corner of Italy.
  

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User Review  - donato - LibraryThing

The title says what it is. An English classicist visits Calabria (and a bit of Puglia) in the late 19th century, searching for the past. He notes both the past and the present, but also perhaps ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve TK - Goodreads

I was casting about for something to read on a recent holiday on Kephalonia when I came across this. I've read the odd Gissing novel and always thought it a shame that his name isn't more widely known ... Read full review

Contents

FROM NAPLES
1
PAOLA
7
THE GRAVE OF ALARIC
15
TARANTO
23
DULCI GALAESI FLUMEN
31
THE TABLE OF THE PALADINS
39
COTRONE
49
FACES BY THE WAY
57
THE MOUNT OF REFUGE
85
CATANZARO
93
THE BREEZY HEIGHT
103
SQUILLACE
111
MISERIA
119
CASSIODORUS
125
THEGROTTA
133
REGGIO
139

MY FRIEND THE DOCTOR
65
CHILDREN OF THE SOIL
75

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About the author (1996)

George Robert Gissing (1857 - 1903) was an English novelist who published twenty-three novels between 1880 and 1903. From his early naturalistic works, he developed into one of the most accomplished realists of the late-Victorian era.

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