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Review: Le Road Trip

June 7, 2012

Vivian Swift always preferred traveling alone until she met her husband, James.  After they were married, they honeymooned in France.  Since they were both seasoned travelers, they didn’t go as typical tourists, but as flâneurs.  Flâneur literally means stroller, but Swift interprets it to mean “one who has perfected the art of nonchalance.”

A few years ago, I read, and adored When Wanderers Cease to Roam so I was very excited to see that Vivian Swift has a new book out.  Le Road Trip is her account of the honeymoon she and her husband spent in France and it is just as good, if not better, than her first book!  It’s not written as a novel, but rather as a beautifully illustrated diary.  It includes packing tips and travel tips and details their journey through stories and beautiful illustrations.  Swift has a unique way of looking at life that just makes me want to take a deep breath and stop to appreciate and enjoy even the smallest things life has to offer.  I would love to take a trip with her!

I treasured every word and illustration of this marvelous book and hated for it to end.  I want Swift to take another trip so I can travel with her again.  This trailer gives you an idea of the visual beauty of the book:

This is one of many passages that spoke to me:

You cannot possibly know how much time it
takes to learn to treasure this world,
how many years it takes to properly cherish
your place in it.
As you age, you will find it more and more
remarkable, a miracle, really, that any of us —
you, me — are here at all, the result of an
undeserved, infinite gift.
And the older you get,
the more you know how much you will
miss all this when you are gone.
In the end, the world was not
all that changed by your coming, you were not
all that crucial to it.  But the world, this world,
which you will one day travel in homage and
gratitude, this world was everything to you.

You do not want to miss Le Road Trip!  Pick up a copy the next time you’re in a bookstore.  After you glance through it, you’ll feel compelled to buy it.

Review copy provided by Bloomsbury.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    June 7, 2012 6:24 am

    I 100% AGREE WITH YOU!!! I did not want this to end…I fell completely in love with it. And yes, I think it is even better than her first. In fact, right after I finished it, I headed to the bookstore to buy a few copies, but alas they were sold out. This woman is one talented lady.

  2. June 7, 2012 9:36 am

    When Wanderers Cease to Roam was really good! I really loved the artwork in her first book, instead of the book ending up in the bookcase after I read it, it became a coffeetable book for that very reason! I’ll have to look for her newest one!

  3. June 7, 2012 9:36 am

    Wow! I loved that passage! I am definitely reading this book – its perfect for the Paris in July reading challenge. Plus, I love anything having to do with Paris. So glad you reviewed this one, because I don’t think I would have heard of it otherwise. I’m excited about this one! Cheers!

  4. June 7, 2012 9:37 am

    Sounds fun and light

  5. June 7, 2012 9:39 am

    I love traveling alone. In fact, the only person I can travel with happily is my husband but we haven’t been able to travel in the past few years. I think this would be perfect for a vicarious trip abroad. If you love it, it must ring true to you.

  6. June 7, 2012 9:45 am

    Wow, you and Sandy certainly make a case for this! And ever since we saw the Woody Allen movie on Paris, Jim has been talking about how we need to go there, so maybe this book would be just the thing!

  7. June 7, 2012 9:55 am

    I kind of want to check it out now, and it isn’t my usual kind of read at all! Think I will put it on the TBR anyway.

  8. June 7, 2012 11:01 am

    Sounds like an interesting and fun book.

  9. readerbuzz permalink
    June 7, 2012 11:22 am

    I am not going to miss this book! It’s now on my wishlist and I plan to order it soon! Thank you.

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    June 7, 2012 12:47 pm

    Sounds darling 🙂

  11. June 7, 2012 1:04 pm

    Oh … you make me want to run out to a book store right now and browse through it.

  12. June 7, 2012 1:04 pm

    This sounds wonderful. 🙂

  13. June 7, 2012 3:57 pm

    You know I can’t resist a book about France, and this sounds like one not to miss! I hadn’t heard of it so I am very glad to have read your review of it. It will go right to my wishlist! 🙂

  14. June 7, 2012 4:08 pm

    This book sounds fabulous!! I’ve wanted to visit France since I was a little girl! I’m adding this to my WL!

  15. June 7, 2012 7:45 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I wish I could travel with her, but reading her book sounds like the next best thing!

  16. June 7, 2012 8:18 pm

    The trailer is so beautiful, such a wonderful representation of the book. And then the piece quote you shared. Mmm, yes, I want this book.

  17. June 7, 2012 10:11 pm

    beautiful! I love her outlook on life! thank you for sharing

  18. anovelsource1 permalink
    June 7, 2012 10:12 pm

    love this! I want to hide in her suitcase and follow her around!

  19. June 8, 2012 7:52 am

    Wow, that book trailer has convinced me as if your review hadn’t already. I really like these books that make memoir fun. I don’t read a lot of memoir, but this one sounds great.

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  21. June 10, 2012 2:46 am

    Thank you for this wonderful post ! This book seems so charming and helping too !

  22. June 12, 2012 6:07 pm

    I loved this book so much! And I’m currently reading When Wanderers Cease to Roam. I wish Swift more books out! It’s going to be a sad day when I’m finished with Wanderers.

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