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Tales of a Traveller

Washington Irving

Book Overview: 

Writing under the pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon, Washington Irving chronicled his travels through Europe in the early 1820’s. He wrote of people he met, places he saw and stories he was told. In fact, much of the work is recounting tales told to him by those with exotic adventures that were waiting to be shared. “Tales of a Traveler” is broken up into four separate parts or “Books,” as Irving called them. The final book is almost a post-script to “Knickerbocker’s History of New York” as he tells stories and describes Manhattan Island and nearby lands as they were almost two hundred years ago. This rough land, still mostly wilderness, had the fingerprints of the early Dutch colonists evident throughout.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .s to the world, her delightful susceptibility to every thing beautiful and agreeable in nature, reminded me of my own emotions when first I escaped from the convent. Her rectitude of thinking delighted my judgment; the sweetness of her nature wrapped itself around my heart; and then her young and tender and budding loveliness, sent a delicious madness to my brain.

I gazed upon her with a kind of idolatry, as something more than mortal; and I felt humiliated at the idea of my comparative unworthiness. Yet she was mortal; and one of mortality's most susceptible and loving compounds; for she loved me!

How first I discovered the transporting truth I cannot recollect; I believe it stole upon me by degrees, as a wonder past hope or belief. We were both at such a tender and loving age; in constant intercourse with each other; mingling in the same elegant pursuits; for music, poetry, and painting were our mutual delights, and we were a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Irving is one of my favorites - and not because of his Sketch Book, but because he is a writer par excellence. These works were engaging and flowed so easily that I forgot I was reading.

If you like Irving, you will love this book. The mixture of tales and anecdotes from his travels offer a slow-paced, enjoyable read.

I only read "The Adventure of the German Student" from Tales of a Traveller, so perhaps it's misleading to mark this entire book as "read," but hey, it gives me a sense of accomplishment! The aforementioned story is very short and delightfully Gothic with its explicit interest in madness and necroph

Great travel book, the story telling was amazing.

Washington Irving pulled off quite a feat, living inside the Alhambra for several months back in the 19th century, and his memorable book is a tribute to that deed.

He explores the turf very well, which should be read by anyone who ever appreciated his writing beforehand, anyway, or has visited, or

As mentioned before I only read "The Haunted House" from this book so this opinion has nothing to do with the rest of the table of contents.
The story started off nicely enough but in the end it amounted to... nothing. This alone is enough to make it the strangest thing I have read in quite a lon

On our trip to Spain last month we visited the Alhambra. Our tour group took an evening walk through Granada's narrow, winding, hilly and timeworn streets and as we crested a hill we came to a plaza. We stood in the plaza amongst dancers, guitar players, and people enjoying their evening to the full

I read this book while in Granada, Spain and during a visit to the Alhambra. Irving's stories and recollections gave my visit a depth that would not have existed w/o reading this book. To walk in places where Irving walked 180 years ago was fascinating. I'm really glad I decided to read this book.

Признавам, досега не бях чувала и думичка за Ървинг, преди да прочета посветения на него разказ в сборника на Акунин Нефритената броеница. А се оказа , че това е бащата на най-добрите истории за призраци, сред които легендарните Рип Ван Уинкъл и Конника без глава от Слийпи Холоу, и естествено нямаше