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By Paul Fussell

ISBN-10: 0195030680

ISBN-13: 9780195030686

ISBN-10: 1423738225

ISBN-13: 9781423738220

A publication in regards to the that means of commute, approximately how vital the subject has been for writers for 2 and a part centuries, and approximately how first-class the literature of shuttle occurred to be in England and the US within the Nineteen Twenties and 30s.

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The fact that the tourist is best defined as a fantasist equipped temporarily with unaccustomed power is better known to the tourist industry than to anthropology. The resemblance between the tourist and the client of a massage parlor is closer than it would be polite to emphasize. For tourist fantasies to bloom satisfactorily, certain conditions must be established. First, the tourist's mind must be entirely emptied so that a sort of hypnotism can occur. Unremitting Musak is a help here, and it is carefully provided in hotels, restaurants, elevators, tour buses, cable-cars, planes, and excursion boats.

In Amis's I Like It Here Garnet Bowen compares 28 ABROAD his passport picture of 1946 with his new one of 1956; satiric analysis arrives finally at self-contempt: The lad in the 1946 one had looked back at Bowen with petulant, head-on-one-side sensitivity. Wearing a nasty suit, he had seemed on the point of asking Bowen why he wasn't a pacifist or what he thought of Aaron's Rod. The 1956 Bowen was twice as wide and had something of the air of a television panelist. His question about Aaron's Rod would have concerned how much money whoever wrote it had made out of it.

In the row might be the Queen Mary or the Queen Elizabeth or the Mauretania, the United States or the America or the Independence, the Rafaello or the Michelangelo or the Liberte. These were the last attendants of the age of travel, soon to fall victim to the jet plane and the cost of oil and the cost of skilled labor. A second bit of data, this one rather nasty. " The disappearance of the ships from the Hudson, like the remark from Guyana, helps define the advanced phase of the age of tourism.

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