Baker & Taylor
The author traces a modern version of the Grand Tour of Europe--a lively, sometimes violent journey around the shores of the Mediterranean
The acclaimed travel writer explores the cradle of civilization bordering the Mediterranean Sea, traveling by foot, bus, train, ferry, and luxury cruiser to the French Riviera, the islands of Greece, war-torn Croatia, and Egypt, where he meets Nobel laureate Naguib Mahouf recovering from an assassination attempt. He ends his journey in Tangiers, where he hunts down Beat writer Paul Bowles. No index. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Blackwell North Amer
In this modern version of the Grand Tour, Theroux sets off from Gibraltar, one of the fabled Pillars of Hercules, on a glorious journey around the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a long, lively, occasionally dangerous, and endlessly fascinating trip, up the coast of Spain, along the Riviera, by ferry to the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and beyond - way beyond.
By foot, train, bus, and cruise ship, Theroux travels around Italy and the Greek islands, to Albania in a state of near anarchy and to war-torn Croatia. He sails across an old sea of myths into Istanbul, its minarets, mosque domes, and obelisks beckoning him to the Levant. After hearing of Theroux's onward itinerary, a Turkish shipmate murmurs, "Gechmis olsen!" - May it be behind you! Ahead are Damascus and the remote villages of Syria, shrouded in the cult of Assad and his martyred son; Israel, besieged by suicide bombers; Egypt, where Theroux visits with Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, recovering from an assassination attempt. And past the hill that marks the southern Pillar of Hercules lie Morocco and Paul Bowles' Tangier.
Exploring coastlines as wild as anything he encountered in China or Peru, probing through layers of tradition and culture, ancient and modern, tawdry and splendid, Theroux recalls the words of his predecessors - Homer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Evelyn Waugh, Carlo Levi, Lawrence Durrell - and weaves the legends and siren calls of civilizations as old as time into a tantalizing story about life on the Mediterranean today.
The popular author of The Great Railway Bazaar and other travelogues traces a modern version of the Grand Tour of Europe--a lively, sometimes violent journey around the shores of the Mediterranean.