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In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Prague, Books (1) by Phoebe WalshLeave a Comment

Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being taps into the philosophical and internal human struggle between lightness and heaviness. Set in the years surrounding the infamous Prague Spring—a historic moment when the Czech Republic’s first wave of brutal and violent Communism attempted to rebrand with a “human face” in 1968—the novel tells the story of Tomas, a Czech surgeon and …

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Off The Beaten Track

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Prague, Books (1) by Angel1 Comment

Prague… as Blazej, the tourguide in Prague, My Love: An Unusual Guide Book to the Hidden Corners of Prague by Hilary A. James and Jiri P. Musil, said himself, “[Prague is] the crossroads between communism and something different.” I think that this statement is definitely a recurring theme throughout the city of Prague. Of all the European cities, there is …

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Finding the View

In Florence, Art of Travel Spring 2016, Books (1) by Grace1 Comment

A Room With A View by E.M. Forster creates an incredible image of Florence through the eyes of Lucy Honeychurch. Forster represents Florence as a city rich with culture and history that many foreigners flock to in order to better understand and appreciate art, cultural and history. Like Lucy, we have all decided to go abroad, and even though we may …

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Everything You Can Do Wrong When Writing About Travel

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Books (1), Shanghai by Matthew G1 Comment

Paul Theroux’s narrative exemplifies everything that I find wrong with people who travel as a “hobby.”  He forcibly inserts himself into a new country, assuming that his temporary presence allows him the authority to comment on complex cultural and political issues, and takes joy in criticizing and disrespecting the people and places around him.  His book, Riding the Iron Rooster, …

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In a Sunburned Country

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Books (1), Sydney by Lydia Cap1 Comment

Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country is a laugh-out-loud compilation of his various trips to and across Australia mixed with relevant history lessons and eerie stories of what can go wrong when visiting the land Down Under. Even if you have never been here and never plan to visit, this book is a worthwhile read because it perfectly showcases the …

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Oh, girl.

In Buenos Aires, Books (1) by Marsha1 Comment

The diary format of Marina Palmer’s book, Kiss & Tango: Diary of a Dancehall Seductress, was a great vessel to capture Buenos Aires: informal, personal and usually unexpected. I thought this narrative structure worked with the story she was trying to tell and captured the essence of Buenos Aires with these daily penning down of thoughts and events. However, there …

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The Local Greengrocer

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Prague, Books (1) by Joshua1 Comment

The final months of each calendar year are an especially emotionally laden period for the Czech people. Beyond year-end festivities, Czechs today are likely to associate fond memories of national significance to the end-of-year quarter. From the samizdat-published The Power of the Powerless written in October 1978, to the momentous Velvet Revolution in November 1989, and the death of Vaclav …