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An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers (Lonely…

by John Berendt

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Brenda's Review - I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s a great one a long trip on an airplane or if you are in the mood for short stories. In this book all your favorite authors like Alexander McCall Smith, Virginia Abbott, Cheryl Strayed and even David Eggers writes about their life changing trips. This is also a fun way to get to know some new authors. There are 35 stories total all by different authors. ( )
  konastories | Mar 17, 2016 |
An Innocent Abroad is an enjoyable little compilation of thirty-five writers’ travel experiences that had significant impact on them – through greater understanding of themselves, of others or of the world around them. As might be expected, not all of the short essays – they average about 8 pages apiece – are equally compelling, but there are enough interesting ones to keep your attention, and the less interesting ones are short enough to not be objectionable. After reading the introduction, I was afraid that they all were going to be variations on “I was young, in Paris, and in love,” but I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of experiences that the writers relate. They range from jumping off a high cliff into stormy seas in Australia to an experience with a tarantula in the jungles of Guatemala and “David Baldacci Day” in a small town in Italy. These vignettes of travel experiences all over the world make for a pleasant few hours of reading. ( )
3 vote TommyB | Jan 8, 2015 |
I read An Innocent Abroad the week I was home sick and couldn’t digest anything more taxing than a few short stories at a time; it was just what the doctor ordered, and by the time I finished reading this book I was back on my feet, refreshed in my mind and wanting to travel. These 35 stories that changed each author, brought back memories of when I was an innocent broad, okay I know that’s not the title couldn’t resist the joke. Still the memory of my own life changing journey, at 22, with a man I’d only known for 3 days before flying to Mexico with him, only later to discover that his name was an alias and he smuggled drugs to finance his travels: took my innocence and would fit comfortably between these pages. Now, as for this book, it contains many gems that will appeal to a wide variety of readers: some stories will make you laugh, some will give you that ah ha moment, some will make you cringe and say no way, but each will leave you wanting more—more travel, more adventure and a little more insight into the places you may think you know. Buy this for yourself or pass this on to a fellow traveler it’s a 5 star gift from some gifted writers. ( )
  PamelaBarrett | Dec 30, 2014 |
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Including contributions from Dave Eggers, Pico Iyer, Richard Ford and Jane Smiley, more than 20 well-known writers share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives.

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