Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Traveler's Literary Companion

I was given a book from A Traveler's Literary Companion series, this one being a guide to Ireland. It isn't a typical guide book, with maps, where to stay, where to shop, and where to eat sections. Instead, this introduces the country through it's great writers. The guide to Ireland (of course) begins with James Joyce and carries on from there. It includes most of the names you might look for in fiction, but does not include poetry or drama (pity, because there's lots of good work from Ireland in both genres).

This is just the sort of book I love. (What traveling bibliophile wouldn't?) Fortunately, it comes in a series, so there are plenty more to read. Other locales featured in the series include Amsterdam, Spain, Australia, Chile, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Vietnam, and many others. It's a fun way to view a place, even if you don't have immediate plans to walk on its soil.

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