Books: Voyager

TRAVELING LIGHT by Bill Barich Viking; 226 pages; $15.95

Travel reading, when you think about it, is a fairly odd pastime. Essentially, the travel reader is paying someone else, the travel writer, to take a trip for him: not a perilous hunt for the white whale or the source of the Niger, usually, but just a plain old trip. The writer agrees, by implication, to inspect sunsets and pretty girls, to sniff sea air when this is appropriate, to eat and drink fearlessly, to be overcharged by taxi drivers, and to report back. The...

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