Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Travel Writing, by Peter Ferry

Peter Ferry is a teacher and a travel writer.  His book is about a teacher and a travel writer named Peter Ferry.  Ferry dedicates his book to his wife, Carolyn, who is also a character in the book.  The point, I suppose, is to make you wonder where the line is drawn between personal history and fiction.  Ferry tells his English creative writing class a story about seeing a young woman crash her car and die, and his own obsessive quest to find out what drove her to her death.  The class spends a lot of time questioning, "Did that part really happen?" Personally, I'd be hard pressed to care. There were a couple of nice travel pieces and lovely little interpersonal vignettes. The photos of Ferry make me wish I'd liked it more. Heald's reading made the book particularly alienating.

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