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Publisher Comments:

Granta has long been known for the quality of its travel writing. The 1980s were the culmination of a golden age, when writers including Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin, James Hamilton-Paterson and James Fenton set out to document life in largely unfamiliar territory, bringing back tales of the beautiful, the extraordinary and the unexpected. By the mid 1990s, travel writing seemed to change, as a younger generation of writeres that appeared in the magazine made journeys for more complex and often personal reasons. Decca Aitkenhead reported on sex tourism in Thailand, and Wendell Steavenson moved to Iraq as foreign correspondent. What all these pieces have in common is a sense of engagement with the places they describe, and a belief that whether we are in Birmingham or Belarus, there is always something new to be discovered.

Synopsis:

LIZ JOBEY was the Deputy Editor of Granta 1998-2002 and before that was Editor of the Independent on Sunday Review and Literary Editor of the Guardian. She is the editor of Are We Related?: The New Granta Book of the Family and currently works as a freelance journalist.

JONATHAN RABAN'S writing has won many prizes including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award, and the Thomas Cook Award. He is the author, most recently, of Driving Home: An American Scrapbook (2010).

Synopsis:

MISSISSIPPI WATER by Jonathan Raban

Flying to Minneapolis from the West, you see it as a theological

problem.

The great flat farms of Minnesota are laid out in a ruled grid, as

empty of surprises as a sheet of graph paper. Every gravelled path,

every ditch has been projected along the latitude and longitude lines

of the township-and-range-survey system. The farms are square, the

fields are square, the houses are square; if you could pluck their roofs

off from over peoples heads, youd see families sitting at square tables

in the dead centre of square rooms. Nature has been stripped, shaven,

drilled, punished and repressed in this right-angled, right-thinking

Lutheran country. It makes you ache for the sight of a rebellious curve

or the irregular, dappled colour of a field where a careless farmer has

allowed corn and soybeans to cohabit.

But there are no careless farmers on this flight path. The landscape

is open to your inspection - as to Gods - as an enormous advertisement

for the awful rectitude of the people. There are no funny

goings-on down here, it says; we are plain upright folk, fit candidates

for heaven.

Then the river enters the picture - a broad serpentine shadow that

sprawls unconformably across the checkerboard. Deviously winding,

riddled with black sloughs and green cigar-shaped islands, the

Mississippi looks as if it had been put here to teach the god-fearing

Midwest a lesson about stubborn and unregenerate nature. Like John

Calvins bad temper, it presents itself as the wild beast in the heart of

the heartland.

 

About the Author

Jobey lives in the U.K.  Raban lives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jonathan Raban

Arrival by Albino Ochero-Okello

Congo Dinosaur by Redmond O'Hanlon

The Road to Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin

Mississippi Water by Jonathan Raban

The Life and Death of a Homosexual by Pierre Clastres

How It Ends by Andrew O'Hagan

Siberia by Colin Thubron

Serampur by Ian Jack

Going Abroad by W.G. Sebald

The Lazy River by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Lovely Girls, Very Cheap by Decca Aitkenhead

Dervishes by Rory Stewart

Trespassing by Paul Theroux

When I Was Lost by James Hamilton-Paterson

Captain Scott's Biscuit by Thomas Keneally

This is Centerville by James Buchan

Osama's War by Wendell Steavenson

Airds Moss by Kathleen Jamie

Sri Lanka: December 28, 2004 by John Borneman

Nightwalking by Robert Macfarlane

The Paris Intifada by Andrew Hussey

Kashmir's Forever War by Basharat Peer

Arctic by Lavinia Greenlaw

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847083302
Author:
Jobey, Liz
Publisher:
Granta Books
Author:
Raban, Jonathan
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5 in

Related Subjects

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Business » Management
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Reference » Rhetoric
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Travel » Travel Writing » General

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LIZ JOBEY was the Deputy Editor of Granta 1998-2002 and before that was Editor of the Independent on Sunday Review and Literary Editor of the Guardian. She is the editor of Are We Related?: The New Granta Book of the Family and currently works as a freelance journalist.

JONATHAN RABAN'S writing has won many prizes including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award, and the Thomas Cook Award. He is the author, most recently, of Driving Home: An American Scrapbook (2010).

"Synopsis" by ,

MISSISSIPPI WATER by Jonathan Raban

Flying to Minneapolis from the West, you see it as a theological

problem.

The great flat farms of Minnesota are laid out in a ruled grid, as

empty of surprises as a sheet of graph paper. Every gravelled path,

every ditch has been projected along the latitude and longitude lines

of the township-and-range-survey system. The farms are square, the

fields are square, the houses are square; if you could pluck their roofs

off from over peoples heads, youd see families sitting at square tables

in the dead centre of square rooms. Nature has been stripped, shaven,

drilled, punished and repressed in this right-angled, right-thinking

Lutheran country. It makes you ache for the sight of a rebellious curve

or the irregular, dappled colour of a field where a careless farmer has

allowed corn and soybeans to cohabit.

But there are no careless farmers on this flight path. The landscape

is open to your inspection - as to Gods - as an enormous advertisement

for the awful rectitude of the people. There are no funny

goings-on down here, it says; we are plain upright folk, fit candidates

for heaven.

Then the river enters the picture - a broad serpentine shadow that

sprawls unconformably across the checkerboard. Deviously winding,

riddled with black sloughs and green cigar-shaped islands, the

Mississippi looks as if it had been put here to teach the god-fearing

Midwest a lesson about stubborn and unregenerate nature. Like John

Calvins bad temper, it presents itself as the wild beast in the heart of

the heartland.

 

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