Voyager: Travel Writings

Voyager Travel Writings The acclaimed award winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalay

  • Title: Voyager: Travel Writings
  • Author: Russell Banks
  • ISBN: 9780062120885
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Audiobook
  • The acclaimed, award winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe, from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas.Now in his mid seventies, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for than half a century Since childhood, I ve longed for escape, for rejuvenation, for wealth untThe acclaimed, award winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe, from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas.Now in his mid seventies, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for than half a century Since childhood, I ve longed for escape, for rejuvenation, for wealth untold, for erotic and narcotic and sybaritic fresh starts, for high romance, mystery, and intrigue, he writes in this compelling anthology The longing for escape has taken him from the bright green islands and turquoise seas of the Caribbean islands to peaks in the Himalayas, the Andes, and beyond.In Voyager, Russell Banks, a lifelong explorer, shares highlights from his travels interviewing Fidel Castro in Cuba motoring to a hippie reunion with college friends in Chapel Hill, North Carolina eloping to Edinburgh, with his fourth wife, Chase driving a sunset orange metallic Hummer down Alaska s Seward Highway.In each of these remarkable essays, Banks considers his life and the world In Everglades National Park this perfect place to time travel, he traces his own timeline I keep going back, and with increasingly clarity I see of the place and of my past selves And of the past of the planet as well Recalling his trips to the Caribbean in the title essay, Voyager, Banks dissects his relationships with the four women who would become his wives In the Himalayas, he embarks on a different quest of self discovery One climbs a mountain not to conquer it, but to be lifted like this away from the earth up into the sky, he explains.Pensive, frank, beautiful, and engaging, Voyager brings together the social, the personal, and the historical, opening a path into the heart and soul of this revered writer.

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    1. In the first piece in this collection, titled "Voyager," Banks uses a Caribbean island-hopping adventure as the frame for telling his soon-to-be fourth wife an account of his first three prior marriages and why they failed. His place-centered writing in this piece was fine - Banks is, of course, an excellent writer - but my god when he wrote about love and romance and his passion for the act of marrying the prose would immediately turn purple and grandiose and filled with psychoanalysis-inflecte [...]

    2. Since travel is a favorite genre of mine & the Caribbean (actually any island) a preferred destination, thought I'd give this one a try, although I was not familiar with the author. Banks, who comes across as an obnoxious egotist, devotes the first section to "true confessions" about his past, with island hopping & a brief glimpse of Caribbean history as a sidebar. I did enjoy revisiting the Seychelles (vicariously this time.) But then lost interest when Banks romanticizes getting marrie [...]

    3. Having studied with Russell Banks and read most of his fiction, I was happy to come upon this collection of travel essays. I suspect that some people will be put off by the long first entry in the book, a recounting of a trip he took in the Caribbean with the woman who would become his fourth wife, in which he shares with her--and the reader--the sad history of his previous marriages. Meanwhile, they hop from island to island and the story gets bleaker and bleaker. But for the reader who perseve [...]

    4. It was good to finish this book of travel essays upon my return from travel; of course, it makes me wish I could write. That said, I hated the first half of the book - Banks mixes up exploring Caribbean islands with a seemingly endless story told to his future fourth wife about the failure of his first three marriages. The subsequent shorter essays are more interesting, both about the places he visited and his experiences as an older person hiking in high mountains.

    5. So weird to be reading these stories about a 70-year-old man climbing mountains around the world, while I, at 55, am laid up with a cold and can't get up the gumption to drive 2 hours to Galveston. I think I could manage a flight to the U. S. Virgins, though, if given a ticket.

    6. Voyager is part memoir, part travel book. If you’ve read Banks’ fiction, this semi-autobiography will give you a kind of parallel universe to the world of those novels. I would never say that this book is better or anywhere near his novels. But that's mostly because he is a great novelist.People like Banks took a hard path. Most don’t do as well at it as he has. These are the people who drift out of high school, maybe go to college, maybe go to a few colleges, but they never settle on a ni [...]

    7. Grabbed Banks off the new shelf at the library, excited to enter his travel musings.The first half, dedicated to the Carribbean and figuring out why three marriages failed and the fourth would work, went well for me in remembering times on St. John and St. Thomas, but much less so with his thoughts on youthful failures, abandonment of children and wives, playing the blame game, and rollicking through the islands on someone else's dime.The second half - travel pieces - are more solid and echo his [...]

    8. I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the descriptions of the various travel destinations, but didn't really care about some of the personal stuff: his ruminations on his marriages. I had just finished reading the title essay where the locale was the string of Caribbean islands, which unfortunately were devastated by Hurricane Irma and are now awaiting the second wallop from Hurricane Jose.

    9. A moderately interesting collection of travel writing. The book starts with a long piece where the travel writing is a cover for an autobiographical reflection on his past relationships. This is a little self indulgent but very revealing. There's a few short but good travel pieces. The book deteriorates towards the end with a series of climbing anecdotes. These pieces don't advance much beyond the level of tall tales and seem to be exercises in self praise. In short, a very mixed bag.

    10. This was my first Russell Banks book. The writing is just gorgeous: the verbs, the sentences, the imagery. All perfect. The long first essay does spend too much time re-hashing and justifying what seems like poor treatment of his previous wives, as others have commented. But the latter essays are more focused, and beautiful meditations on aging and other subjects cloaked in travel writing. Will definitely read more Russell Banks this year.

    11. Russell Banks is a gifted writer. He has a wonderful turn of phrase. A couple of the chapters are more memoir than travel writing, although they have a lot to do with geography. The chapters that are more travel writing than memoir are well written, colorful, and poignant.

    12. I did not finish, the story line slow and I tired of the author blaming everyone but himself for his three failed marriages. In the part I read there wasn't much travel writing.

    13. Has interesting details of the author's life. Enjoyed the description of various islands he visited. Overall, it was ok.

    14. Banks takes us on a journey of his quixotic life and exotic places he's been as a writer. It's all in all a fascinating look at both, and so well detailed I felt like I was his close friend and companion every step of the way. I should point out that this book's first part starts out rather melancholy as he recounts his three failed marriages while island hopping the Caribbean with his soon to be forth fiancé. In the ensuing chapters he writes in a more positive tone, and by the end his tales a [...]

    15. Voyager: Travel WritingsBy Russell Banks I like Banks from the few of his novels that I have read. Most notably Cloudsplitter, and Lost Memory of Skin both of which I think are very good.I can’t say I know that much about the man, but I know more after reading this new collection of travel writing. Not sure how good it is to know too much about an artist’s personal life.Here in the first long piece called Voyager he gives us some biographical material, personal details. He tells a story of a [...]

    16. 3.5 stars.This short story collection of Russell Banks's travel adventures is one where I found myself with a gradually growing cluster of likes and dislikes that ultimately resulted in my 3.5-star rating.This is my first exposure to the author. An unquestionably talented writer and accomplished traveler, I deeply appreciated the wide approach he takes to travel, often addressing not only his experiences and the area, but also its history and the often fraught conflict of being a Westerner bolst [...]

    17. I didn't get very far into this book before I realized it is a type of travelogue that I despise: an older, usually white, male who recounts travels hidden among their life's "trials." They never learn from where they visit and often disparage the cultures they encounter. They act superior to everything they see, until it reflects them. Then they hate it.

    18. I listened to the audio version of the book and I cannot separate my feelings from the written text and the quality of the spoken version. The narrator, in my opinion, captured the poetry of Banks's writing and the wistful quality of the prose. He was especially effective his rendering of the book's first section, where Banks uses his travels through the Carribean with his soon to be fourth wife to describe his unsuccessful previous marriages. Overall, I found the travelogue cum memoir effective [...]

    19. Introspective travel writing is a favorite of mine. Russell Banks is one of the best: self-reflective, honest, and a skilled writer to boot. The book opens with its longest piece, which is about a trip Banks took through the Caribbean with his soon-to-be fourth wife. Throughout, he mulls over the earlier relationships that brought him to his current state and questions the truthfulness of his memories.My favorite chapter is one about a trip through the Seychelles. He compares the area to the Car [...]

    20. I'm a dropout. I liked the actual travel writing. However it was interspersed with the lengthy descriptions of his failed three marriages and his plan for a fourth. And the difficulty with this segment Is that he quite overdid it. Repeated self flagellation, assurances of feelings of guilt and constant dissecting of the relationships eventually convinced me that he was really rather proud of dumping three women and look how successfully he was making it with a fourth. So in spite of my enjoyment [...]

    21. Second half better than the first, which is why I gave 2 stars rather than one. The author spends the first half on a trip to the Caribbean with his now wife. The Caribbean part was great, but you have to endure endless navel gazing as to why his first three marriages failed. He puts the lion's share of blame on the wives, repeating several times that one should not marry someone who loves you more than you love them. My suggestion, perhaps the marriages failed because the author comes across li [...]

    22. I enjoyed this book, but it was a little confusing. Was it about the author's regret over his failed marriages, or was it a travel book? The first portion of the book spent a lot of time on the marriage issues. The latter part didn't mention it all. The writing was good though, and the travel stories were interesting, particularly the mountain climbing in the last portion.

    23. Great book! Having read and greatly enjoyed a half-dozen or so of the novels written by Russell Banks, it was a pleasant surprise to find this new non-fiction offering. And it, too, was a great read - featuring lots of interesting adventures and musings. Background from the author's life and travels, in turn, recalls those great novels and what inspired them!

    24. After I "got through" the first, very long story in this collection I did some of the finest arm-chair traveling that I've ever enjoyed. I particularly enjoying Bank's reflections on climbing. He expresses the acknowledgement of limitations, mental, emotional, and physical that come from a life of taking chances.

    25. I have enjoyed Russell banks books since Cloudsplitter.I have always been curious about which of his books are autobiographical. With the VOYAGER, he has written a memoir and a travel book. This book places many of his book into context. This book reminds me of travel book by Paul Theroux and Steinbeck. Once again, I have enjoy a Russell Banks book and look forward to reading the next one.

    26. If You Need a Mini Vacation this book is the ticket !! A short snapshot into a travel writers life and adventures with a inspiring middle age journey into the Himalayans sure to get you in shape for your next Trek A+

    27. If this book included nothing about his 4 wives, I would have given it at least 4 stars. The travel writing is lush, but every time he dives into his complicated relationships with women, I want to immediately stop reading.

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