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The World: Travels 1950-2000

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Staff Pick

Truly the most skilled travel writer of our time, Jan Morris's keen eye and gifted language captures time and place like no other. This collection of excerpts represents her impressive half-century career as a journalist and essayist. Morris's incredible style, page after page, shows us the world with matchless sensitivity and genius.
Recommended by Michal D., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The World is a magnum opus by the finest travel writer in the world. Ranging from Manhattan to Venice, Oxford to the Middle East, and Paris to South Africa, the book provides Jan Morris's eyewitness accounts of such seminal moments as the first successful ascent of Everest, the historic Eichmann trial, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the handover of Hong Kong. Dividing the volume into five decades, Morris presents history with an unparalleled dramatic flair, creating a riveting portrait of the twentieth century, from the political idealism of the postwar years to its more recent tensions and excesses. As much a celebratory book as a swan song that puts Morris's extraordinary career in a unique historical perspective, The World promises to create an entirely new generation of Jan Morris readers.

Review:

"[Morris is] surely one of our greatest living writers." The Times [London]

Review:

"Travel writing by itself is not a legitimate calling. It is merely a mechanism for exploring history, politics, art, and other matters. Jan Morris's deft, shorthand descriptions work so magnificently because of the historical erudition she brings along with her on her travels. Few other voices communicate so quickly and easily the horrors, contradictions, anxieties, beauty, and hope that was the latter half of the twentieth Century." Robert D. Kaplan

Review:

"I don't think there's a writer alive who has Jan Morris's serenity or strength." Paul Theroux

Review:

"[A]s an introduction to the writer's luminous prose, there is no better place to start." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Her eye for the telling detail is stiletto-keen, and her sensitivity to calling things as they are but never doing so in a condescending fashion remains undiminished. An important book for all travel collections." Booklist

Synopsis:

Ranging from Manhattan to Venice, Oxford to the Middle East, and Paris to South Africa, the book provides Morris's eyewitness accounts of such seminal moments as the first successful ascent of Everest, the historic Eichmann trial, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the handover of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

The 1950s ; 1. Mount Everest, 1953 ; 2. A benign republic: USA ; 3. Kingdom of troubles: the Middle East ; 4. South African White and Black ; 5. Confusions in paradise: the Caribbean ; 6. Europe: after the war was over ; 7. Orientalisms: The Far East — The 1960s ; 8. The Eichmann Trial ; 9. The Cold War ; 10. South American frissons ; 11. Oxford, 1965 ; 12. Australia ; 13. A New Africa ; 14. Manhattan, 1969 — The 1970s ; 15. Pleasure places ; 16. Ex-Britannica ; 17. Casablanca: a change of sex ; 18. London, 1975 ; 19. Post-glory: the USA ; 20. South African Black on White — The 1980s ; 21. On wistful whims: virtual places ; 22. Sydney, 1983 ; 23. O Canada! ; 24. There stood China ; 25. Vienna, 1983 ; 26. Y Wladfa: another Wales ; 27. Berlin, 1989 — The 1990s ; 28. The flux of Europe ; 29. Light and shade in the USA ; Portland, Oregon ; 30. Sydney, 1995 ; 31. Hong Kong.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393052084
Subtitle:
Travels 1950-2000
Publisher:
Libri
Author:
Morris, Jan
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Series Volume:
P70-90
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
458
Dimensions:
9.55x6.49x1.47 in. 1.79 lbs.

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Product details 458 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393052084 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Truly the most skilled travel writer of our time, Jan Morris's keen eye and gifted language captures time and place like no other. This collection of excerpts represents her impressive half-century career as a journalist and essayist. Morris's incredible style, page after page, shows us the world with matchless sensitivity and genius.

"Review" by , "[Morris is] surely one of our greatest living writers."
"Review" by , "Travel writing by itself is not a legitimate calling. It is merely a mechanism for exploring history, politics, art, and other matters. Jan Morris's deft, shorthand descriptions work so magnificently because of the historical erudition she brings along with her on her travels. Few other voices communicate so quickly and easily the horrors, contradictions, anxieties, beauty, and hope that was the latter half of the twentieth Century."
"Review" by , "I don't think there's a writer alive who has Jan Morris's serenity or strength."
"Review" by , "[A]s an introduction to the writer's luminous prose, there is no better place to start."
"Review" by , "Her eye for the telling detail is stiletto-keen, and her sensitivity to calling things as they are but never doing so in a condescending fashion remains undiminished. An important book for all travel collections."
"Synopsis" by , Ranging from Manhattan to Venice, Oxford to the Middle East, and Paris to South Africa, the book provides Morris's eyewitness accounts of such seminal moments as the first successful ascent of Everest, the historic Eichmann trial, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the handover of Hong Kong.
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