A Walk across Corsica
Brian Bouldrey traveled to the island of Corsica, with its wine-dark Mediterranean waters, powdered-sugar beach sand, sumptuous cuisine, and fine wine. And then he walked away from all of them.
Bouldrey strapped on a backpack and walked across Napoleon's native land with the same spirit many choose to dance or drink: to celebrate, to mourn, to think, to avoid thinking, to recall, to ignore, to escape, and to arrive.
This wonderfully textured account of a two-week ramble along a famous Corsican hiking trail with his German friend Petra (she was good at the downhills while he was better at the uphills) offers readers a journal that is a launching point for reflection: thoughts on cultural differences, friendship, physical challenge, personal challenge, and getting very, very lost. Part travelogue, part memoir, and part lampoon, this book offers readers an impressionistic view of a little talked about yet stunningly beautiful landscape.
Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians and the Public Library Association Runner-up, Best Travel Book, National Association of Travel Journalists
Praise For Honorable Bandit: A Walk across Corsica…
“Reading Honorable Bandit, you enter not just another country but also the secret door into Brian Bouldrey's head, and that is the real fun, living inside this wonderful, wonderful writer with his sly humor and infectious tenderness for the world. I didn't want the book to ever end.”—Sharman Apt Russell, author of Hunger: An Unnatural History and An Obsession with Butterflies
“One of the many pleasures of this book is its deceptive humility. Bouldrey reminds us that being human is something we must—and can only—do one thoughtful, measured, grateful step at a time.”
—Rebecca Brown, author of Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary and The End of Youth
University of Wisconsin Press, 9780299223205, 296pp.
Publication Date: September 12, 2007