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Small House in Italy

View from San Leo Castle
View from San Leo Castle, Le Marche Region

Destination: Italy

Book: A Small Place in Italy (1994; Lonely Planet paperback 1998,2008) by Eric Newby

Eric Newby’s travel writing does not show off.  As hinted by the title of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, about a treacherous hike over mountains in northern Afghanistan, he mastered understatement So what makes his travel writing so unforgettable, so essential, really, if you are enamored of travel literature? He conveys you to the place he is writing about by telling you the basic facts about the land and buildings. He draws unforgettable characters, speaking in their own quirky ways. And he makes his experiences your experiences. Continue reading Small House in Italy