The Danube

The Danube

A Journey Upriver From the Black Sea to the Black Forest

Book - 2013
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Yale University
The author takes us on an unexpected journey up the Danube, where we encounter a remarkable and unfamiliar world

The magnificent Danube both cuts across and connects central Europe, flowing through and alongside ten countries: Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. Travelling its full length from east to west, against the river’s flow, Nick Thorpe embarks on an inspiring year-long journey that leads to a new perspective on Europe today. Thorpe’s account is personal, conversational, funny, immediate, and uniquely observanteverything a reader expects in the best travel writing.
Immersing himself in the Danube’s waters during daily morning swims, Thorpe likewise becomes immersed in the histories of the lands linked by the river. He observes the river’s ecological conditions, some discouraging and others hopeful, and encounters archaeological remains that whisper of human communities sustained by the river over eight millennia. Most fascinating of all are the ordinary and extraordinary people along the waythe ferrymen and fishermen, workers in the fields, shopkeepers, beekeepers, waitresses, smugglers and border policemen, legal and illegal immigrants, and many more. For readers who anticipate their own journeys on the Danube, as well as those who only dream of seeing the great river, this book will be a unique and treasured guide.

Publisher: New Haven :, Yale University Press,, [2013]
Description: xxi, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780300181654
Branch Call Number: 914.96 Tho


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Apr 24, 2016

The true test of a travel book is whether it makes you mentally pack your suitcase and begin plotting your itinerary. This book does that in spades. Thorpe has lived in the area long enough to know its subtleties but still brings a stranger's eye. His side trips through history introduced me to bridge builders, architects and sculptors I had never heard of but am now delighted to know. Above all, he loves the Danube as a living thing--endangered by grandiose dams and plans but loved tenderly as a living entity by many of the people who live by it. Well worth the time.

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