Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Locations

I do not much like the songs of Edith Piaf, the boulevards of Baron Haussman, the furniture of Louis XIV, the sound of Gertrude Stein, the vainglory of Napoleon or the conceit of Charles de Gaulle.  I distrust, at one level, people who turn ideas into movements; at another, ideas themselves too pressingly articulated.

-- Locations by Jan Morris.

This is Morris explaining the "insular prejudices" that limit her visits to Paris. It is an example of what makes her travel writing so very, very good -- an extraordinary gift of analysis and observation and a willingness to express blunt opinions.

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Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

I'm not so much into travel journals, but I love the writing shown in your teaser. Thanks for sharing!

Sandy Ruth said...

I enjoy good travel writing. Thanks for introducing me to Jan Morris.
My teaser is here:

Alice Audrey said...

I can understand that.

Great teaser. My teaser is here

Lena Sledge said...

Nice Teaser. It almost reads like poetry.

storytreasury said...

doesn't sound like trusts much of anything.

mine is here: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/teaser-tuesday-tom-sawyer/

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