This outstanding collection of pieces, illustrated with his own superb photographs, is a unique record of Newby's travels all over the globe - and a lasting tribute to lost and fading worlds.One of the funniest and most entertaining of all travel writers, Eric Newby has been wandering the by-ways of the world for over half a century.Admired for his exceptional powers of observation, Newby's genius is also to capture the unexpected, the curious and the absurd on camera.Since his very first journey in 1938, Newby's quest for the unknown and the unusual has been insatiable. Whether on a dangerous canoe trip down the Wakwayowkastic River, with the pastoral people in the mountainous north of Spain, or visiting the exotic archipelago of Fiji, nothing escapes his eye for unlikely or amusing detail.A rare combination of travel writing and photography, What the Traveller Saw is an exhilarating record of Newby's humourous adventures over the years.
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Born in 1910 he made his first journey in 1938 when he sailed as an apprentice in the last Grain Race from Europe to Australia. He was captured during World War II and was a POW from 1942-5. After the war he entered the fashion business and book publishing. Whatever else he was doing, he always travelled on a grand scale, either under his own steam or as Travel Editor of the Observer.From Library Journal:
Newby has led the life most travel writers dream about. At 19 he joined the crew of the Finnish barque Moshulu and sailed in the last Grain Race from Australia around Cape Horn to Europe. Even in those early days Newby recorded his experiences in black-and-white photographs and a daily log. It was a regimen he followed for 50 years, as his career took him around the globe: Europe in World War II; then India, Israel, Turkey, East Africa, the West Indies, and China as travel editor for the London Observer . This book represents a photographic memoir that spans much of this century and, in many cases, captures "a world that has changed beyond all recognition." There are hints of regret at the engines of progress that have consigned four-masted schooners and Portuguese windmills to antiquity and modernized miles of shoreline with holiday time-shares.
- Lisa Mullenneaux, Iowa City
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Book Description Collins, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2156121
Book Description Collins, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002156121