Friday, January 15, 2010

Book review: When Wanderers Cease to Roam

After twenty years of travel Vivian Swift finds a village on Long Island Sound and decides to stay. She brings an attentive eye to, as she says, “Staying Put” as well as weaving her travel memories seamlessly into her new life. Swift's entertaining , thoughtful and always beautiful combination of words and images is to be savored – read a little and then come back to it later. This is a book as unhurried and flavorful as the cups of tea she enjoys. Being a Peace Corps volunteer threads through her later travel experiences in Ireland, France, Tunisia, etc. I like how the author holds her travels in the same time zone of her heart. In other words, the Sahara of her Peace Corps years lives right alongside a Paris cafe of a couple years ago, today's walk in her village, a book she read, a fact she learned, tomorrow's dreams, etc. It’s a rich and multilayered palimpsest of existence – of life.

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