We interrupt the normal scheduled ramblings for these announcements. Penguin recently released their Penguin Great Journeys series. It offers sample chapters from 20 classic travelogues by famous travelers. You probably have seen it at your local bookstores.
I've received some of the titles as free samples. For those who appreciate the travelogues of the old days - these are great bite-size readings. There is something romantic about these golden age travellers who ventured into unchartered lands before technology and capitalism drained the adventure and discovery out of the travel experience. They did not have the advantage we the modern travellers have take for granted. A lot of them are literally risking life and limbs in their journeys. Their experience seems somehow the richer for what they had to lose.
Of particular personal interest are the Chekhov, Mary Wortley Montagu, Isabella Bird and Thesiger pieces. But I could buy the whole set anyway because they all seem so interesting.
The Complete List:
- Snakes with Wings and Gold-digging Ants, Herodotus
- From The Meadows of Gold, Masudi
- The Customs of the Kingdoms of India, Marco Polo
- The Shipwrecked Man, Cabeza De Vaca
- Piracy, Turtles and Flying Foxes, William Dampier
- Life on the Golden Horn, Mary Wortley Montagu
- Hunt for the Southern Continent, James Cook
- Sold as a Slave, Olaudah Equianp
- Jaguars and Electric Eels, Alexander Von Humboldt
- To the Holy Shrines, Richard Burton
- In the Heart of the Amazon Forest, Walter Henry Bates
- Borneo, Celebes, Aru, Alfred Russel Wallace
- Can-cans, Cats and Cities of Ash, Mark Twain
- Adventures in the Rocky Mountains, Isabella Bird
- A Journey to the End of the Russian Empire, Anton Chekhov
- The Congo and the Cameroons, Mary Kingsley
- Escape from the Antarctic, Ernest Shackleton
- Fighting in Spain, George Orwell
- Across the Empty Quarter, Wilfred Thesiger
- The Cobra's Heart, Ryszard Kapuscinski