Walking Backwards: Grand Tours, Minor Visitations, Miraculous Journeys, and a Few Good Meals

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Dundurn, Aug 5, 2011 - Travel - 218 pages
From Istanbul to New Delhi to Boulder, Colorado, through Venice, Paris, Rome, and points between



As travellers, we are always walking backwards, forever on the verge of stepping into the unknown, never knowing what waits around the next corner.



You could be lost, forget your passport, fall ill. You could be served a bowl of food and not know whether it's animal, vegetable, or mineral. Even flushing the toilet can be an adventure.



You are a child again, innocent and hoping for the best, forced to trust strangers. Quite often this works out. Not always.



Walking Backwards is a return to 10 cities and what happened there. Whether inadvertently smuggling cloth into Istanbul, reading poetry in New Delhi to a crowd expecting a world-famous pianist, or wandering endlessly through Mantua searching for a non-existent hotel on a street that's fallen off the map, Mark Frutkin is a master at rediscovering the magic at the heart of all travel.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
11
Preface
13
Book One
15
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17
2
41
3
75
4
87
5
115
6
125
7
147
Book Two
159
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9
163
10
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Also by Mark Frutkin
219
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Mark Frutkin is an award-winning fiction author whose most recent novel, Fabrizio‚e(tm)s Return, won the Trillium and Sunburst Awards and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers‚e(tm) Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean Region). In 2008 he published a memoir, Erratic North: A Vietnam Draft Resister‚e(tm)s Life in the Canadian Bush. He lives in Ottawa.

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