William Morris in Iceland : Questions of Travel

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William Morris in Iceland : Questions of Travel

William Morris in Iceland Questions of Travel William Morris in Iceland Questions of Travel Lavinia Greenlaw s selection from Morris s Icelandic Journal the best book of travel written by an English poet and the least known is interposed with h

  • Title: William Morris in Iceland : Questions of Travel
  • Author: Lavinia Greenlaw
  • ISBN: 9781907903182
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • William Morris in Iceland Questions of Travel Lavinia Greenlaw s selection from Morris s Icelandic Journal the best book of travel written by an English poet , and the least known is interposed with her own questions of travel , which follow the footprints of Morris s prose, responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons The result is a new andWilliam Morris in Iceland Questions of Travel Lavinia Greenlaw s selection from Morris s Icelandic Journal the best book of travel written by an English poet , and the least known is interposed with her own questions of travel , which follow the footprints of Morris s prose, responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons The result is a new and composite work, which brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home.

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    1. Always Pink on said:

      A beautiful little book, in high quality printing, clothbound, would make a lovely present. Bought it on a whim at Foyles. Interesting introduction by Lavinia Greenlaw, amusing selection of Morris's travel diary. Not sure what to make of Greenlaw's interspersed aphorisms though, commenting on Morris's observations. They try to add an additional layer to the travelogue, but I found them rather distracting, and a bit pompous at times. - With hindsight I would rather have read Morris's text in an u [...]

    2. Sienna on said:

      Better in theory than execution. Greenlaw often simply paraphrases instead of elevating Morris's own remarks, which make for worthwhile reading on their own for the honesty and humor and humanity that shine from each page. His willingness to describe his flaws, his foibles, his fears would have won me over if I hadn't already counted myself a fan of the man.Lord! what littleness and helplessness has taken the place of the old passion and violence that had place here once — and all is unforgott [...]

    3. Fiona on said:

      I enjoyed this book on a number of different levels. I love Iceland - a truly beautiful, amazing and intriguing country - which is what first drew my attention to this book, and then the quote on the front cover completely sucked me in:' . . . a great mass of dark grey mountains worked into pyramids and shelves, looking as if they had been built and half ruined.'It reminded me of my own travels in Iceland and the sights I had seen. On top of all this I've always liked the work of William Morris [...]

    4. Alastair on said:

      The perfect accompaniment to a trip to Iceland. Some of the commentary was a little superfluous, but Morris writes excellently.

    5. Moses on said:

      No good, very bad. The William Morris travelogue bits are good, but Greenlaw ruins it with the left-hand pages. She chopped up what seemed like a perfectly fine book and essentially highlit her favorite parts in the most annoying way she possibly could. It feels like you're trying to read a book and she's breathing down your neck and pointing out the bits she liked. Don't read this.

    6. Homestic on said:

      More of an essay on the very nature of travel than necessarily on Iceland. Stunning in its own way. The occasional ramble, as journals are wont to do. Lavinia Greenlaws additional poetic notes taken from the journals are a fantastic addition.

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