Before Nick Carraway was drawn into Daisy and Gatsby s sparkling, champagne-fueled world in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald vacationed in the French Riviera, where a small green lighthouse winked at ships on the horizon. Before the nameless lovers began their illicit affair in The Lover, Marguerite Duras embarked upon her own scandalous relationship amidst the urban streets of Saigon. And before readers were terrified by a tentacled dragon-man called Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft was enthralled by the Industrial Trust tower-- the 26-story skyscraper that makes up the skyline of Providence, Rhode Island.
Based on the popular New York Times travel column, Footsteps is an anthology of literary pilgrimages, exploring the geographic muses behind some of history's greatest writers. From the "dangerous, dirty and seductive" streets of Naples, the setting for Elena Ferrante's famous Neapolitan novels, to the "stone arches, creaky oaken doors, and riverside paths" of Oxford, the backdrop for Alice's adventures in Wonderland, Footsteps takes a fresh approach to literary tourism, appealing to readers and travel enthusiasts alike."~Goodreads Blurb
It might be seen as an odd way to view the books of our lives; Having writers write about writers, travelling in their footsteps, trying to delve inside their minds and their personas by seeing what they saw. Yet, Footsteps manages to brilliantly pull it off. As someone who doesn’t subscribe to the ‘New York Times,’ this collection of some of their best columns has made it easy for me to delve into that world. I was originally drawn in by Michael Morris and Gracia Lam’s wonderful cover design and illustrations. I didn’t recognize all the essay writers though their way of writing and the sheer affection they felt for their chosen authors, found me smiling throughout the book. Footsteps is a lovely read that you can scramble through in an evening. I would recommend this during a time when you want to travel but can’t. We all have those moments in life when we long to hit the open road or whip out our passports and take to the skies, yet life has a habit of stopping this. In those moments, escape can be found in some of our favorite classic and in Footsteps’ case within its pages.
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