Grand Tour

Tim Moore, Author
Tim Moore, Author St. Martin's Press $23.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-28156-4
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-0-312-30047-0
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In The Grand Tour: The European Adventure of a Continental Drifter, British travel writer Tim Moore (Frost on My Moustache) entertainingly recounts the history of a civilizing ritual for the backward Brits. Moore dates this privileged and often quite dissolute practice to Thomas Coryate, a 17th-century courtier whose travel memoir, Coryate's Crudities, recounts disastrous and ribald adventures. Ensconced in a used Rolls Royce and a red velvet suit, Moore sets out to retrace Coryate's journey. Coryate was no gentleman Moore says that his book, ""[a]s well as sounding really very mad... was clearly an extended fart anthology"" yet as Moore points out, he's an appropriate forefather for the many infamously vulgar English travelers. Moore's own raucous journey will delight American audiences. ( July)
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