The Grand Tour
The European Adventure of a Continental Drifter
By Tim Moore
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312281564, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The tradition of the Grand Tour was started in 1608 by an intrepid but down-at-the-heels English courtier named Thomas Coryate, who walked across Europe, miraculously managed to return home in one piece, and wrote a book about his bawdy misadventures. With The Grand Tour, Tim Moore proves not only that he is Coryate's worthy successor but one of the finest and funniest travel writers working today. Armed with a well-thumbed reprint of Coryate's book, Moore donned a purple plush suit and set off in a second-hand and highly temperamental Rolls-Royce through France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland. Like Coryate, Moore possesses an astonishing ability to land himself in humiliating predicaments. His account of his hilariously memorable misadventures on Venice's canals on one fateful afternoon is by itself worth the price of admission. Moore brings new life to the Old World and in the process sends readers into paroxysms of laugher and delight.
Tim Moore's writing has appeared in Esquire, the Sunday Times, and the Observer, among other places. He is the author of Frost on My Moustache and French Revolutions.