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Perpetuating Themes

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Eric Duan1 Comment

The Unbearable Lightness of Being that explores Czech society in the 1960s and 1970s through Tomas, a womanizing surgeon. The book delves into the artistic culture and intellectual life of the Czechoslovakia during the time after the Prague Spring, which helps understand how historical themes continue to perpetuate Czech culture to this day. The book helps illustrate how communism restricted …

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Beyond the Chestnut Trees and into the Countryside

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Name1 Comment

Beyond the Chestnut Trees by Maria Bauer is an emotional and intriguing recount of her return home, to Prague, 40 years after her forced emigration during World War II. Bauer does an excellent job of contrasting the different geographical periods of her life, whether it be prewar Prague in the 1930’s, France, Spain, Portugal, her subsequent move to America and, …

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A Tramp Abroad

In Florence, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Drew Kohl2 Comments

Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad chronicles the travels of Twain through Europe, and the small details that travelers such as himself come across while on a long journey. He notices the colors of hats on students, identifies small bugs on the ground, and the characters of renowned hotels and gesticulating Italians. When you visit a place for a day or …

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Somebody’s Heart is Burning

In Accra, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by RachelLeave a Comment

For the second book assignment I read Somebody’s Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa by Tanya Shaffer. Similar to the first book I read, Black Gold of the Sun, this is another memoir based on travels throughout Ghana. But since Shaffer is a woman born in California with no connection to Ghana (other than the desire to travel somewhere new), I could relate more …

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Paris, Infamous City

In Paris, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-2 by Misty1 Comment

Paris Spleen is a collection of 51 prose poems written by Charles Baudelaire and published posthumously in 1869. I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the genre of the prose poem—prose writing that simultaneously exhibits poeticism in its images and language. Despite the fact that Baudelaire’s views of Paris are from the stance of someone living …