I came across a Kickstarter campaign on the blog “Mod Scene Weekly” and I want to see this book get made! They have less than two days to meet their goal.
What’s it about? It’s “an epic adventure romance through Latin America on a scooter during a time when such a journey was virtually unheard of.” And I gotta say the romance part sounds great! But just the fantastic photos alone would make this book worth it.
Visit here to learn more and watch the terrific book trailer. And then lay down some dough!
The Roman poet Statius called the via Appia â€œthe Queen of Roads,â€ and for nearly a thousand years that description held true, as countless travelers trod its path from the center of Rome to the heel of Italy. Today, the road is all but gone, destroyed by time, neglect, and the incursions of modernity; to travel the Appian Way today is to be a seeker, and to walk in the footsteps of ghosts.
Our guide to those ghosts â€” and the layers of history they represent â€” is Robert A. Kaster. In The Appian Way, he brings a lifetime of studying Roman literature and history to his adventures along the ancient highway. A footsore Roman soldier pushing the imperial power south; craftsmen and farmers bringing their goods to the towns that lined the road; pious pilgrims headed to Jerusalem, using stage-by-stage directions we can still followâ€”all come to life once more as Kaster walks (and drivesâ€”and suffers car trouble) on whatâ€™s left of the Appian Way. Other voices help him tell the story: Cicero, Goethe, Hawthorne, Dickens, James, and even Monty Python offer commentary, insight, and curmudgeonly grumbles, their voices blending like the ages of the road to create a telescopic, perhaps kaleidoscopic, view of present and past.”
$17 at Amazon. And it’s also available on Kindle.
The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads
Gotta love a travel book with a mint Lambretta Starstream on it.
“Only a renaissance man could have described this glorious city in its heyday. And only Carlo Levi, writer, painter, politician and one of the last century’s most celebrated talents, could depict Rome at the height of its optimism and vitality after World War II. In Fleeting Rome, the era of post war ‘La Dolce Vita’ is brought magnificently to life in the daily bustle of Rome’s street traders, housewives and students at work and play, the colourful festivities of Ferragosto and San Giovanni, the little theatre of Pulcinella al Pincio; all vibrant sights and sounds of this ancient, yet vital city.”
Published in 2005, it’s available for $15.95.
Thanks to Poliana for this find!
There have been a lot of travelogues with their author’s riding scooters but this remains one of my favorites. Perhaps the grumbling and skepticism and gin drinking is what I like best. (Let’s face it – travel and road trips are not fun all the way through.) A real collectible.