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A Little Tour of France

Henry James

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A splendid example of travel writing at its best, in this description of six week tour in France -- from Touraine, down to Provence, then back up north

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Why he should have built a palace in those sandy plains will ever remain an unanswered question, for kings have never been obliged to give reasons. In addition to the fact that the country was rich in game and that Francis was a passionate hunter, it is suggested by M. de la Saussaye, the author of the very complete little account of the place which you may buy at the bookseller's at Blois, that he was governed in his choice of the site by the chance that a charming woman had previously lived there. The Comtesse de Thoury had a manor in the neighbourhood, and the Comtesse de Thoury had been the object of a youthful passion on the part of the most susceptible of princes before his accession to the throne. This great pile was reared, therefore, according to M. de la Saussaye, as a souvenir de premi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This made me want to go to France, this book in hand to see all the sights James had done. And, oh, to be able to go back in time, and see things as he did! Everything of course would be so changed. An utterly delightful travelogue that helped me with my insomnia.

Wonderful to read this while planning my own tour of the same places more than 100 years after this was written. Amazing how little some places have changed.

I was in the mood for a bit of travel. Why not take a little tour of France? And how about having Henry James as my tour guide?

A Little Tour in France is based on a six-week trip to the provincial towns of France taken by writer Henry James and first published as a serial in 1883 through 1884 in the

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