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THE A5 REVIEW
Admirers of travel writing will definitely want to read A Sense of Place, by Michael Shapiro. A travel writer himself, Shapiro goes out to visit and interview those who inspired him, asking them about their craft and about their lives. By visiting them in their homes, Shapiro elicits a personal view into what these legendary travel writers consider important about their own place. The list of writers is long, including Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, Pico Iyer, Redmond O’Hanlon, Eric Newby, Peter Matthiessen, Frances Mayes and Tim Cahill. Shapiro’s appreciation for their work is evident; he prepared well for each conversation and this helps prompt some engaging and insightful commentary. The discussions with Arthur Frommer and Rick Steves on the history of their popular guidebook series are particularly interesting.
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GREAT QUOTES FROM A SENSE OF PLACE
"I wanted to learn from the masters. And the best way would be to interview them where they lived. After roaming the planet they had settled - or not quite settled in some cases - in places far from their native homes (Pico Iyer) or on their native soil (Jan Morris). I was curious about what influenced their choices of place and whether being rooted somewhere helped them understand the world."
- Michael Shapiro, A Sense of Place