Llibres a Google Play. The author has been induced by his publishers to put forth his "Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland. The countries which form the subject of the following pages perhaps do not, in themselves, possess the same interest with those in his first work; but the author has reason to believe that part of his route, particularly from the Black Sea to the Baltic, through the interior of Russia, and from St.
Perersburgh through the interior of Poland to Warsaw and Cracow, is comparatively new to most of his countrymen.
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As in his first work, his object has been to present a picture of the everyday scenes which occur to the traveller in the countries referred to, rather than any detailed description of the countries themselves. New-York, July, A Hurricane. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
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Sort order. Jan 21, Justin Tapp rated it it was amazing Shelves: autobiography , international. John Lloyd Stephens was an American treasure, one of the greatest American explorers. One has to admire his boldness, traveling without a great deal of plans and leaving his fortunes to chance and the hospitality of strangers. I've done that a bit myself, but not in the vastly underdeveloped days of the s.
I enjoyed Volume 1 the best; there is much less excitement in Volume 2. Means of transportation is the hardest thing for the modern reader to comprehend, but is the centerpiece of this book John Lloyd Stephens was an American treasure, one of the greatest American explorers. Means of transportation is the hardest thing for the modern reader to comprehend, but is the centerpiece of this book as Stephen travels Eastern Europe on long carriage rides.
It seems commonly accepted that these Jews were out to cheat the traveler, particularly foreigners, and Stephens' disdain comes through clearly. Many of the words of vehicles Stephens travels in come from either the French or Russian, a few of which are found in the dictionary on my iBooks reader, meaning they were incorporated into English vernacular at the time.
One has to imagine what he's traveling inside, and how he's sleeping on hay at the bottom of carriages; uncomfortable, to say the least. He gets the benefit of traveling to Russia in the summer, at least. Stephens doesn't come across many Americans in Moscow or St. Petersburg, though he does spend some time with the American consular in St.
Petersburg, an actual American instead of an installed local.
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Stephens retells Napoleon's failed taking of Moscow, and other parts of the Napoleonic wars relevant to the lives of veterans he comes across-- many French veterans were residing in Moscow at the time, some by exile. I've looked at the same "world's largest bell that's never been rung" and "world's largest cannon that's never been fired" that Stephens marveled at in the Kremlin.
He visits many palaces and museums in St. Petersburg, some of which no longer exist.
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He expertly retells highlights of the lives of Russian czars, and the reader wonders if Stephens learned the information while he was there, or had known it his whole life. He communicates in fluent French to most he meets with. Stephens befriends a Pole who travels with him to Warsaw.
Poland is suffering under Russian rule after a failed revolution in I learned a lot about Napoleonic history and Polish history from this book, Stephens does a good job informing the reader of its importance. I also learned of the Polish heroes who fought in the American Revolution, who apparently all Americans still honored in the s. Kosciuszko was inspired by Washington and Jefferson to fight for democracy in Poland in the s. This admiration of American freedom and democracy is often found among peoples Stephens encounters.
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