Travelogues in Space and Time a Book of Travellers' Tales Edited by Eric Newby

Viking; 576 pages; $20

The publisher had no way of knowing that thanks to concerns about terrorism, the summer of '86 would be the period when hordes of Americans decided to stay home. But the timing of the appearance of A Book of Travellers' Tales could hardly be happier. Those who think that days of bumper-to-bumper traffic are too high a price to pay for a glimpse of Old Faithful or Mickey Mouse may welcome this alternative: they can curl up instead with reports by more than 300 wanderers, spanning some 2,400 years and covering virtually the entire earth. Reading about exotic places is usually...

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