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Jan Morris

Jan Morris

·4.02·20,391 Ratings
“ Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. ” ― Rumi
Authors' Books
  • Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress (The Pax Britannica Trilogy, #1)

    ·4.34·394 Ratings
    The opening volume of Morris’s “Pax Britannica Trilogy,” this richly detailed work traces the rise of the British Empire, from the accession of Queen Victoria to the throne in 1837 to the celebration of her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Index. A Helen an
  • Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs

    ·3.72·144 Ratings
    But who could describe my fright when, on the next morning, I awoke and found myself feeling as if completely changed into a woman. — Case 129, Autobiography, from Psychopathia Sexualis, a Medico-Forensic Study by Richard Von Krafft-Ebing At the time th
  • Oxford

    ·3.99·98 Ratings
    An account of the character, history, mores, buildings, climate, and people of one of Britain's most fascinating cities. This book is intended for all those interested in the local history, culture, and architecture of Oxford, especially visitors to Oxfor
  • Hav

    ·3.91·229 Ratings
    A brilliant and touching piece of imagination, conjuring a city of impossible possibilities, much like the writings of Calvino and Borges, where pleasures and life are truly possible.
  • Destinations: Essays from Rolling Stone

    ·3.94·44 Ratings
    In these essays which originally appeared in Rolling Stone, Jan Morris captures the essence of places as diverse as Washington just after Watergate, Delhi under Mrs. Gandhi, Panama on the eve of the U.S. treaty debate, and Cairo at the time of the Israeli
  • Manhattan '45

    ·3.87·90 Ratings
    In 1945, New York City stood at the pinnacle of its cultural and economic power. Never again would the city possess the unique mixture of innocence and sophistication, romance and formality, generosity and confidence which characterized it in this moment
  • The Towers of Trebizond

    ·3.69·1,022 Ratings
    "'Take my camel, dear,' said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass." So begins The Towers of Trebizond, the greatest novel by Rose Macaulay, one of the eccentric geniuses of English literature. In this fine and fun
  • Between the Woods and the Water

    ·4.3·1,863 Ratings
    Continuing the epic foot journey across Europe begun in A Time of Gifts The journey that Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on in 1933—to cross Europe on foot with an emergency allowance of one pound a day—proved so rich in experiences that when much later
  • Hong Kong

    ·3.81·173 Ratings
    In its last days under British rule, the Crown Colony of Hong Kong is the world's most exciting city, at once fascinating and exasperating, a tangle of contradictions. It is a dazzling amalgam of conspicuous consumption and primitive poverty, the most arc
  • The World: Travels 1950-2000

    ·4.04·140 Ratings
    Ranging from Manhattan to Venice, and Oxford to the Middle East, this portrait of the 20th-century contains Jan Morris's eyewitness accounts of such seminal moments as the first successful ascent of Everest, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the historic Ei
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