|Subject: Re: Itineraries and Travelogues in literature: book recommendations appreciated!|
Some of the authors whose travelogues I've enjoyed include:
Redmond O'Hanlon writes about his journeys into some of the world's most remote jungles. His wry humor, strange choice of traveling companions, detailed description of wildlife, and commentary about the cultures he encounters help the reader endure the misery this man lives through while trekking in the world's most inhospitable environments. His books are Into the Heart of Borneo, In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon, and No Mercy: A Journey to the Heart of the Congo.
Barry Lopez' books Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire In a Northern Landascape, and About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory have some of the most evocative imagery I have ever read in travel writing.
And finally, years ago I read Arabia, a Journey Through the Labyrinth by Jonathan Raban and was greatly impressed. I've yet to read more by this author (who has other travel writings published) but if they are anything like this book they should be compelling reads.
John in San Diego