Better Than Fiction

Better Than Fiction

True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers

Book - 2012
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"A collection of original travel stories told by some of the world's best novelists, including Isabel Allende, Peter Matthiessen, Alexander McCall Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Téa Obreht, DBC Pierre"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Melbourne ; Oakland, CA : Lonely Planet, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781742205946
1742205941
Branch Call Number: 910.4 B5652 2012
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: George, Donald W.

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jeffi22
Sep 28, 2015

Good mix of stories. they are not professional travel writers and some were more boring/emotional than others, but overall kept my attention

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vickder
Sep 29, 2014

Most authors were not travel writers and their stories seemed either forced or dull.

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santiano9
Mar 31, 2013

Was expecting better travel writing but these are not travel writers but people sharing personal experiences. Some more interesting than others but a demonstration of how hard it is to write travel fiction.

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iluvvideo
Mar 10, 2013

Travel. What does it mean? Is it going to the National Parks in the rear of my parent's station wagon? Well. yeah... What about sunny Hawaii? Yes again.. What about a job in Antarctica? Yes again!

In reality the concept of travel encompasses so much more than just 'vacation' that we look forward to two weeks out of every year. Each of the over thirty stories that make up this book explore destination as varied as an ice bound camp in Alaska to Tahiti. You travel along with the travel guides (instead of writers) who bring you along as a passenger on their jaunts.
The stories are incredibly different as befits the idea of travel. You might not love every place you visit.

You need a sense of adventure to travel You don't just want the same old thing. But it's still fun to go.Experience the unexpected. I'm glad I did!

ChristchurchLib Feb 13, 2013

"Would you like to take a few short trips with literate, observant guides? Have we got the book for you! In Better than Fiction, acclaimed fiction writers such as DBC Pierre, Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Finch, Alexander McCall Smith, Nikki Gemmell, Téa Obreht, and 25 others "describe their most meaningful non-fictional journeys." The evocative essays in this gem of a book take readers everywhere from popular tourist locales (Mexico, Rome) to unexpected places (a prison cell in San Quentin), and many points in between. If you love both travelling and reading about writers, this engaging, diverse collection should be on your must-read list." February 2012 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=599837

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