Travel Writings

Book - 2016
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Publisher: New York :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780061857676
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 24 cm.
272 pages ; 24 cm.


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Aug 28, 2016

As good as the writing is, I didn't make it past the first, admittedly long, chapter. The writing of course is exquisite. However the author of this mixed up travelogue/memoir spends so much time brag-confessing to his soon-to-be 4th wife about his consistent history of marrying and abandoning wives, along with the series of daughters he has begat, that this reader got fed up and quit. His falsely modest, aw shucks trail of the seduced and abandoned - o gawd, his torment, his heartbreak, the women and children could not possibly suffered as he suffered!! - absolutely not charming. Why this obviously competent independent woman didn't roll her eyes and bolt is beyond me. As is the necessity to smear up great travel writing with Banks' garment-rending angst. Nope, not recommended.

ChristchurchLib Aug 09, 2016

Though Russell Banks is known for acclaimed novels such as Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter (which have both been made into award-winning movies), he now turns his keen eye to travel writing. In Voyager, his thought-provoking essays vary in time (taking place over several decades), place (destinations include the Andes, Cuba, Florida, Alaska, North Carolina, Scotland, and the Caribbean), and purpose (such as fun, work, a college reunion, and eloping with his fourth wife). As the essays coalesce, they provide an intimate examination of Banks' life as well as an evocative look at the world.

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