Travels With Herodotus

Travels With Herodotus

Book - 2007
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400043385
1400043387
Branch Call Number: 930 K143T
Characteristics: viii, 275 p. ; 23 cm

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mclarjh
Feb 15, 2017

I preferred this author´s other books, but still worthwhile.

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DWIGHT A GREEN
Mar 12, 2016

yszard Kapuściński's Travels with Herodotus is a marvelous half-memoir of his career and half-reflection on Herodotus’ The Histories. Kapuściński was a Polish journalist/correspondent that consistently put himself in some of the world’s hot spots.

Kapuściński‘s desire to see what’s beyond the border, what’s on the other side, provides him an opportunity to travel in his job. Upon his first assignment outside of Poland his editor-in-chief presented him with a copy of The Histories which was his companion on many of his trips. The hook is provided for the remainder of this book as Kapuściński weaves his personal experiences with reflections on Herodotus’ achievement. Kapuściński‘s desire to see what’s beyond the border, what’s on the other side, provides him an opportunity to travel in his job. Upon his first assignment outside of Poland his editor-in-chief presented him with a copy of The Histories which was his companion on many of his trips. The hook is provided for the remainder of this book as Kapuściński weaves his personal experiences with reflections on Herodotus’ achievement.

What follows are remarkable experiences in India, China, and Africa in addition to insights about what it took Herodotus to compile his work. My favorite aspect of Kapuściński’s memoirs is his unapologetic recounting of his experiences, whether he makes explicit the tie-in with Herodotus or not.

If you are not familiar with Herodotus or Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus proves to be a great introduction to both writers. Even if you have read The Histrories, Kapuściński’s approach adds insight and new ways of looking at the work. Highly recommended.

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Cary_Grant
Feb 04, 2015

Proof, if you needed it, that a love of books does not lead to bookishness, but a curiosity and boldness that compels one out into the world. Gripping stuff.

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ClaireM_W
Oct 03, 2013

Oh, I've just finished this wonderful book and am mourning the end of my visit with this great writer and his enchanting story. A must read!

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