Three Travel Writers Book Review by JamesRoday

Three Travel Writers
Looks at the travel writing in Alexander William Kinglake's "Eothen", Charles Dickens' "American Notes" and Rashid Rehman's "A Malaysian Journey".
# 148104 | 2,615 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | MY
Published on Aug 31, 2011 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis) , Tourism (General)

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This paper explains that, like all travel writers, Alexander William Kinglake in "Eothen", Charles Dickens in "American Notes" and Rashid Rehman in "A Malaysian Journey"are exploring different places from the one with which they are familiar. Next, the author reveals and evaluates the topics of setting, people and language as presented by each of these writers. However, the paper questions the reliability of these descriptions because travel writers only choose to write about what they feel is important depending on their purpose for their accounting.

From the Paper:

"The novel "A Malaysian Journey", in general, is a guide to the complexity of modern Malaysia. Rashid's frankness about the strengths and shortcomings of his native land hits the reader unexpectedly in between their eyes. This is because "A Malaysian Journey" functions as two books in one; the first an entertaining personal travelogue of a trip around peninsular Malaysia; the other, a serious and distinctive commentary on Malaysian contemporary history presented as a narrative of Rashid's own life. Although Rashid is a Malaysian himself, he does not have many reservations in writing truthfully about the shortcomings of his native land."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anon. "American Notes by Charles Dickens. Search, Read, Study, Discuss." The Literature Network: Online Classic Literature, Poems, and Quotes. Essays & Summaries. Web. 23 Mar. 2010. <>.
  • Blanton, Casey. Travel Writing: The Self and the World. New York: Routledge, 2002. Print.
  • Buzard, James. "The Grand Tour and after (1660-1840)." The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing. Eds. Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs. Cambridge University Press, 2002. Cambridge Collections Online. Cambridge University Press. 02 April 2010
  • Kinglake, Alexander William. Eothen. 1844. Eothen, by Alexander William Kinglake. Http:// Web.
  • Rehman, Rashid. A Malaysian Journey. Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia: Rehman Rashid, 1993. Print.

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