Synopses & Reviews
Travel--long associated with marvels and adventure, excitement and mystery--has always proved an irresistible literary subject. Now, in The Oxford Book of Travel Stories
, Patricia Craig brings together thirty-two fascinating travel stories, each one illustrating in its own way what travel has to do with stimulus, enrichment, and a sense of achievement.
Here is some of the best short fiction representing the most exhilarating subjects from writers as diverse as Ring Lardner, Anthony Trollope, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, John Updike, David Malouf, Rebecca West, Rachel Ingalls, Evelyn Waugh, Alice Adams, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. From Jack Kerouac's Big Trip to Europe, of 1960, which encapsulates the late 1950s fecklessness and the soft-drug related styles of indolence abroad to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's Show Mr. and Mrs. F to Number ____, a mood-piece about exotic hotel life in the 1920s, to Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find, a high-spirited, productively unsettling jaunt, The Oxford Book of Travel Stories brilliantly encompasses the travel story genre.
A superb collection that captures the freedoms and excitements of travel as it celebrates a great literary style, it will delight both readers and travelers for which travel provides a means of escape.
"This fine anthology--long, rich, smart, and constantly surprising--should prove a good traveling companion, either in your carry-on bag or on the night tables of foreign hotel rooms."--The Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Love short stories? Moreover, love to travel? Then this book is the ticket....[Craig's] choices for inclusion are impeccable....Could there be a better book for vacation reading?"--Booklist
About the Author
About the Editor:
Patricia Craig, a freelance writer and reviewer, is also the editor of The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, and The Oxford Book of Modern Women's Stories.