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Vademecum Italica Travels in Italy von Clapp, James (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 09.02.2016
  • Verlag: BookBaby
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Vademecum Italica

This vademecum had its origin as a few pages of notes and couple of articles the author would photocopy for friends and relatives who were making a trip to Italy-as something to 'take along' to read on the plane heading to Rome's Fumicino airport, or while waiting for a vaporetto in Venice, on the train down to Pompeii, or while relaxing over a cappuccino at a café in Florence's Piazza della Signoria. Gradually, the pages grew in number as the author's own encounters with his 'favorite country' expanded as a traveler, tour guide and lecturer resulting in historical articles, film studies, scripts, essays and travelogues. Hthis compilation that is neither guidebook, nor memoir, but the observations and impressions of a knowledgeable and familiar traveling companion, to accompany one on an Italian sojourn, or to revive its memories in a comfortable chair at home.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: none
    Seitenzahl: 306
    Erscheinungsdatum: 09.02.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781483562872
    Verlag: BookBaby
    Größe: 3321kBytes
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Vademecum Italica

A VADEMECUM Y ou're packing. The trip is booked, significant friends and relatives have copies of your itinerary, the shuttle to the airport is reserved. All you have to do is get all of this stuff on your bed and scattered around the bedroom into that suitcase. A good deal of it you could leave home and hardly miss it. Something reminds you that impedimenta was the Roman word for baggage and you appreciate the knack they had for naming things. But the Romans also gave us a terms for those "essentials" or necessities that we simply must bring along to make our travels comfortable, or to enhance them- vademecum , things that "go along with me." So you check the essentials: Passport, ; visas, ; credit cards and traveler's cheques, air tickets, . That's it; you could go just about anywhere with that stuff and do just fine. Maybe. Everybody has some "other essentials" for a trip. Maybe a picture of your kids or that special "someone." Maybe some medical necessities. Maybe your iPad or your smart phone. Everybody has some other essentials. Maybe that stuffed animal you've never been able to get to sleep without. Me, too. For me, and maybe for you as well, an "essential," and the one that seems to take the longest to pack, is books . Yes, books are certainly heavy, they don't fold easily into some corner of your suitcase, and when you finish them you either have to drag them through the rest of your trip or make the difficult decision to jettison them. I am not referring to the books that you have probably already packed: guide books, menu translators, and phrase books. Or even that history of France, or wherever you are going, or a biography. The guidebooks are usually well worth their weight, but the others I am likely to read, or try to read, before the trip. The books I'm referring to here are novels. There isn't anything particularly revolutionary about taking fiction when one travels. Take a look at any airport gift shop and most, if not all, of the selections are the latest "12 weeks on the NY Times bestseller list" offerings. Potboilers and page-turners by King, Gresham, Clancey and Steele. Airport booksellers know that you want to be distracted from the rigors and routines of getting to your destination. Hence the mysteries, thrillers, twisty plots, and steamy romances. Distraction from the tedium of travel is one thing; but somehow the idea of reading a courtroom drama set in New York when one is on the way to Rome, or a science fiction set in outer space when one is about to meander the inner spaces of Hong Kong, seems silly. Choosing the right books, books that can begin one's cognitive transportation, while also providing the distraction from one's corporeal transportation, seems to make much more sense. And good fiction, particularly of the sort that uses one's destination as a 'character' or diver of the plot, can provide the atmosphere of a place that heightens our anticipation and appreciation of it. A good author of a novel, and often especially historical novels, has already sought out the dramatic potentials of a place for a period, setting and plot, given it a narrative form that can give one's travels an underlying sense of, if it is not too much of a stretch, déjà vu . Perhaps this consideration is not of importance to all travelers, but for my first visits to, say, Ithaca, Alexandria, Saigon, London, and Hong Kong, to select just a few apt books were actually visits to Homer's Ithaca, Durrel's Alexandria, Greene's Saigon, Dickens' London, and Clavell's Hong Kong. Choosing the "right" books can be far more time consuming than the right clothing; there is one requirement: they must be by or about some place or someone where I am traveling. There is nothing as incongruous, or ludicrous, as someone reading a J

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