torsdag den 17. november 2016

5 books to read when you're hit by wanderlust





A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. - John Steinbeck


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Vi kender det vist alle sammen. Den der lille knugende følelse i maven, en sitrende begejstring i brystet og flyvske tanker baskende rundt bag panden: lysten til at rejse, at opleve og tage på eventyr i fremmede regioner.  Uanset om man søger betagende landskaber og naturfænomener, stormende storbyliv eller unikke og anderledes kulturer, er lysten og motivationen den samme. Bevægelsen ud af det vante og ind i noget nyt og anderledes er forførende og spændende. 


Nedenfor har jeg listet de fem bedste rejsebøger, jeg har læst. De egner sig alle fem godt - både hvis man ikke har mulighed for at komme afsted, men gerne vil rejse imaginært til nye steder, og hvis man er på vej ud på eventyr og mangler litterært selskab i håndbagagen. 


1. On The Road, Jack Kerouac. Rejseromanen over dem alle. Tag med Sal og Dean på roadtrip i USA i jagten på eventyr og selvindsigt. Du kommer til at møde spontane mænd og letsindige kvinder, opleve vilde og intense kærlighedsromancer og synke ned i en dyb rastløshed, ride på adrenalin-kicks i slidte biler, mens du hælder brændende whiskey i svælget. God tur! 



2. Butcher's Crossing, John Williams. Det virker umiddelbart som om, der er langt mellem vildskaben i On The Road og vildskaben i Butcher's Crossing, men alligevel indeholder de begge den samme udlængsel og søgen efter selvindsigt. I Butcher's Crossing rejser vi med Harvard drop-out Will Andrews ud i en lille flække i midten af ingenting. Will vil opleve den store natur, og får med besvær sat en aftale op med en af de lokale bøffeljægere. Sammen tager de afsted på en lang, varm og tør rejse i forsøget på at finde en skjult dal, hvor der eftersigende skulle holde en hel flok bøfler til. Butcher's Crossing er til de rejselystne, som søger bredde vidder og høje bjerge og som ikke frygter naturens uforudsigelighed. 




3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson. Hvis On The Road ikke lyder vild nok, er det nok Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas du skal have fat i. I dette sansemættede værk rejser du meget længere, end det er muligt med et fly. Stofferne er ikke en mangelvare på dette roadtrip i journalistikkens navn: de lange køreture i ørkenen bliver farverige drømmescenarier, Las Vegas kasinoer forvandles til snurrende, trange rum, og der er ikke andet at gøre end at lade bølgerne af op- og nedture trække sig med. 


4. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway. Rejs fra 20'ernes flirtende, populære Paris til Pamplona, overvær bullfights, kærlighedsaffærer og forførelser, mens støvet lægger sig og rusen flader ud. Vær en del af "the lost generation" i tiden efter første verdenskrig og lad dig synke ned i Hemingways fascination af Spaniens rå skønhed.


5. Just Kids, Patti Smith. Just Kids er ikke en rejseroman per se, men det er et fragment af et liv og en udvikling. Vi følger Patti, da hun helt alene som 20-årig rejser fra sit barndomshjem til New York, hvor hun tilfældigt møder Robert (Mapplethorpe), som hun udvikler et tæt forhold til. Sammen kæmper de for husly og mad, mens de stræber efter kunsten. Just Kids handler om vejen til den internationale berømmelse og succes både Patti Smith og Robert Mapplethorpe opnåede, og den rejse er smuk, grufuld og værd at tage med på. 



Ps. Flere indlæg om litteratur og rejser
- Island part I og part II
- Norge part I og part II
- En weekend i Berlin





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I think we all know it. The excitement beating in the chest, the vibrant thoughts rummaging through the head and the tiny knot in the stomach: the urge to travel, to experience, to go on an adventure. No matter if you search for breath-taking landscapes, roaring cities or unique cultures, the urge and the motivation is the same. The movement out of everyday life and into something new is both seducing and exciting. 

Below I have listed the five best travel books that I've read. All five are suited for all situations; whether you're stuck at home and wish to take an imaginary trip or if you're on your way out on new adventures and you're in need of literary company.

1. On The Road, Jack Kerouac. The travel novel of them all. Go on an American roadtrip with Sal and Dean in the search for adventure and self-insight. You'll meet spontaneous men and easy women, you'll experience wild and intense love romances and sink into a deep restlessness, you'll ride on adrenalin-kicks in torn down cars, while pouring whiskey down your throat. Enjoy the ride!

2. Butcher's Crossing, John Williams. In this beautiful novel we follow the young Harvard drop-out Will Andrews who travels to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere in order to experience the great American nature. He manages to get a deal with a local hunter and together they go on a long, hot and dry journey in the hunt for buffaloes. Butcher's Crossing is for those who want wide views, tall mountains and who doesn't fear the unexpectedness of nature. 

3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson. If On The Road isn't wild enough for you, this is the book you want. In this novel you will travel further than what's possible with a plane. The drugs are many on this roadtrip in the name of journalism: the long drives in the desert turn into colourful dreams, the casinos in Las Vegas transforms to dizzying, turning rooms, and there is nothing else to do but to let the wave of ecstasy and paranoia roll over you. 

4. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway. Travel from the flirting, popular Paris in the 20s to Pamplona, experience bull fights, love affairs and seductions, while the dust is setting and the high fades out. Be part of "the lost generation" in the time after the first world war and let yourself sink into Hemingway's fascination by the raw beauty of Spain. 

5. Just Kids, Patti Smith. Just Kids is not a travel novel per se, but it is a fragment of a life and a development. We follow Patti when she, all by herself, travels from her childhood home to New York, where she stumbles upon Robert (Mapplethorpe), with whom she develops a close relationship. Together they fight for food and a roof over their head, while at the same time exploring their artistic sides. Just Kids is a story about the road to the international fame and succes, both Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe have/had, and the road is both beautiful and gruesome, but most importantly: worth taking.

PS. Other posts about literature and travels
- My solo voyage to Iceland part I and part II 
- A week in Norway part I and part II 
- A weekend in Berlin




4 kommentarer:

  1. Skønt indlæg med så smukke billeder, Ida. Og så må jeg virkelig snart få læst 'Butcher's Crossing'!

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    1. Tusind tak! Jaa, jeg synes virkelig, den var fantastisk :-)

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  2. Hi Ida,
    An excellent German word in the English language is „wanderlust.“ I didn't know that it is captured by the English. Do you have it also in the Danish language?
    I learned, I must put another 5 books on my reading list. All the recommended novels I don’t know. Finally „Butcher’s Crossing“ has been translated into German. The reading rehearsal attracts me very much. Hunter S Thompson’s paranoiac book acts even so. It is also available in German. Novels and traveling seem to be really in a close relationship. Examples that could be mentioned by me are Frank Norris‘ „McTeague“, a novel I had with me during a trip to Death Valley, Jim Dodge’s „Stone Junction“, this story remembers me on California and Arundhati Roy’s „The God of Small Things“, which I read after returning from Kerala. By the way, „Stone Junction is a very paranoiac story, and Pynchon wrote the foreword. It’s clear why I read it. Besides the named novels I have a lot of other books in respect of „Wanderlust“ in my mind, of course.
    You posted beautiful pictures from your trips. It is an excellent idea to choose only a detail of a photograph for image 1. That selection gives the impression of a flying bird.
    The linking from your current post to your foregone posts is an another good decision.
    Best regards
    Wolfgang

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    1. Hey Wolfgang

      Wanderlust is a great word indeed! I couldn't find a word that captured the feeling better.
      We don't have the exact same word in Danish, I'm afraid, instead we have other words that describes a longing for travelling (eg. "udlængsel").

      Oh I'm surprised you haven't read any of the five books. I think they are all beautiful in very different ways. In fact, both "On The Road" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" has been adapted into films. I didn't like "On The Road" that much, but "Fear and Loathing..." was done brilliantly. It really captures the madness. It stars Johnny Depp, who actually spent a month in Hunter S Thompson's house where he learnt about the character, he was about to portray. Apparently they became quite good friends!
      Thank you for your recommendations. I've googled all three and they look very intriguing and exotic. I think especially "Stone Junction" sounds exciting. I'll look for it when I go to the book store later today!

      Thank you again for you kind words! I really (really!) appreciate it!
      All the best,
      Ida

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