Sometime back I wrote about a few travel books that I own. Discussions which started on that article, Facebook and otherwise have led to this post.
What, in your opinion, is a travel book?
Is it something like Lonely Planet which guides you where to stay, what to see, what to eat etc. so that your stay at a place becomes comfortable?
Is it a book that inspires you to travel and see the world?
Or a travel book consists of a travelogue where author relives his or her experiences of a place or journey and what s/he went through?
One of the books in my collection.
Can we consider ‘Shantaram’ and ‘Maximum city’ as travel books which are basically novels but feed us in plenty about the local place, culture and people? These books make a place so interesting that we would want to visit it.
Then again, there are other books like ‘Da Vinci Code’. It describes a very detailed account of places such as Musee de Louvre just as any other explicit travel article would have done. I had visited this museum and other places mentioned much before the novel was even published ! And reading its powerful description I felt as if I was there again! So, should it be considered as a travel book ?
What do you think a travel book is or when a book is called a travel book?
Let’s debate, agree, disagree and if possible, conclude. 😀
Note- What is a travel book? is a post of www.lemonicks.com.
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