Travel Writing

L. Peat O'Neil

Read May 2003

I'm not quite sure what impelled me to buy this book.  Perhaps I was hoping to learn something of what makes great travel writers.  Maybe in a fit of frenzy I contemplated quitting the day job.  Who knows. What I did learn: if this is the quality of advice coming down from experts, it's no surprise that so much travel writing is so uniformly predictable and stagnant, why the prose is boring and cliched, and why newspaper and magazine travel sections are so often difficult to distinguish from the paid advertisements.  Except, I don't think the author meant to convey any of these sentiments.