Week 3/52: Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier


Telfer gave me Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier for Christmas (after many mentions and hints on my part). Three reasons why this is the perfect book for me:

1. Russia Love: I too have a bit of Russia fascination after going on a Youth in Mission trip to Ukraine in college.

2. Armchair Traveler: Especially at this stage of my life, reading a travel memoir is as good as it's going to get for awhile. I took a memorable Travel Literature class in college where we read, among others, Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon, and Roughing It by Mark Twain. I have been interested in the genre ever since.

3. The New Yorker: Frazier is a writer for The New Yorker and Telfer and I both read the three [long] parts of Travels in Siberia that were first excerpted in the magazine. It's true: we have a bit of a crush on The New Yorker.

Travels in Siberia is a little too long (500 pages) and meandering (really? you need a whole chapter on the Siberian sable?) but the book's structure reflects the vastness and strangeness of Siberia itself. And there is a map in the beginning. I love a book with a map.

Published by Andrea Y. Griffith

owner of browsers. former librarian. wife. mother to two tweens and the cutest labradoodle in the world.

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