A Long Way from St. Louie
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Titel: A Long Way from St. Louie
Verlag: Coffee House Press
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"Grandmother Anna Belle Lee: 'Chile, they got some of us everywhere.' Thus began my wanderlust."Review:
Colleen McElroy's travel memoir covers a lifetime of wanderlust, from driving to California on Route 66 as a child, to motorcycling across the Australian desert in her late fifties. With a poet's precision and lyricism, McElroy describes her actions and reaction to the various landscapes and people episodically, rather than presenting the details of her visits in a straight narrative, as done in more conventional travelogues. This strategy of presenting short vignettes is most effective when she winds her journeys around her most personal thoughts to those of her family, her creative life, or her race - when she, for example, moves back and forth in time and place to explore her love of dancing. However, the frequent leaps often leave us wanting more, such as in the case of her romance in Yugoslavia, which is compellingly begun but then is quickly curtailed and summarized in order to move on. Nevertheless, we are in skilled hands as McElroy contemplates, for instance, the many different cab rides in dozens of countries, threading together quite inventively commonalties and distinctions. Or her outrage at an American couple in Japan whose vicious insensitivity goes beyond the "ugly American" stereotype. An extremely sympathetic and engaging writer, McElroy begins to inject some of her own wanderlust into us. -- From Independent Publisher
McElroy's travel memoirs presents a black woman's experiences with world travel, creating not a dry observational piece but a spirited focus on a heritage of travel and a woman's search for adventures and cultural insights. The result is unique to travel literature - and contains much food for thought. -- Midwest Book Review
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