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The Best American Travel Writing 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Kindle Edition
About the Author
JASON WILSON, series editor, writes regularly for the Washington Post and the New York Times. Wilson has been the series editor of The Best American Travel Writing since its inception in 2000.
- ASIN : B081TTRX1M
- Publisher : Mariner Books (3 November 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 9495 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0358362032
- Best Sellers Rank: #217,729 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
Though I love nice stories about beautiful places, I’ve been drawn to the Best American Series precisely because they forego stories like those in favor of ones with depth, power, and the capacity to bring disparate people together, to affect change. These stories don’t offer a respite from the world’s problems, but rather go right at them. And I for one am happy to take these journeys.
This is a somber collection, true, but it is not bleak, or hopeless. Indeed, some of the direst situations (a group being threatened by border guards for leaving water for refugees in the desert, the effects of overtourism and the herd mentality on local economies and environments, the results of our actions, including travel, on our planet, overt racism rearing its ugly head without disguise) often produce the most moving and optimistic offerings.
This is a collection for travelers, not tourists, and I don’t mean that disparagingly. If you are looking for tension-free stories set in beautiful hotels and five-star restaurants, pick up a copy of Travel + Leisure. If you want to cram everything into a small backpack (heeding Rick Steve’s advice in the wonderful opening article) and meet the world and its people in all their messy, troubled, chaotic, loveable glory, this collection is for you.
See, what leftist authors and editors forget is that we read about travel to read about the things that bring us together- our commonalities. We don’t read travel writing to discover that the travel we previously enjoyed is just an illusion and we are white supremacists or science deniers for having enjoyed it.
Once again, like professional sports, movies, shopping, food, news and more, liberals ruin absolutely everything.
Robert McFarlane is one of my favorite writers, by far and away, so I had high expectations. Unfortunately, the choices in this volume were simply not that interesting. I'm not sure what McFarlane was going for with his selections, but it wasn't "superior travel writing." I skipped about half of the stories.
Hopefully next year will return us to the excellence I'm used to. We'll see.