Modern Classics Cut Stones And Crossroads: A Journey In The Two Worlds Of Peru by Ronald WrightModern Classics Cut Stones And Crossroads: A Journey In The Two Worlds Of Peru by Ronald Wright

Modern Classics Cut Stones And Crossroads: A Journey In The Two Worlds Of Peru

byRonald Wright

Paperback | October 6, 2015

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Traveling through Peru, tracing the history of the Incas from their royal cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu to their mythic origin in Lake Titicaca, Ronald Wright explores a country of contrasts—between Spanish and Indian, past and present, coastal desert and mountainous interior.

In his highly entertaining and perceptive account, Wright brings to life a complex culture, a land of ancient traditions seeking its place in the modern world. Embracing history, politics, anthropology, and literature, Cut Stones and Crossroads is a fascinating travel memoir and the study of a civilization by a writer who has won international awards as both a novelist and a historian.

Ronald Wright is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of several non-fiction books, including A Short History of Progress, Stolen Continents (which won the Gordon Montador Award), and Cut Stones and Crossroads. He is also the author of the novels Henderson's Spear and A Scientific Romance, the latter of which won Britain's...
Title:Modern Classics Cut Stones And Crossroads: A Journey In The Two Worlds Of PeruFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.09 × 0.74 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

“For the committed traveler who wants the real story behind superficial images and impressions.” - The New York Times Book Review“Wright expertly outlines the politics and culture of a nation struggling to come to terms with the abrupt collapse of one world and the fitful emergence of the next…. Hailed as the best modern travel book on Peru, [Cut Stones and Crossroads] combines a scholar’s knowledge of history and archaeology with a traveler’s report on the condition of a complicated, fragmented culture.” - The Globe and Mail“Wright is a superb travel writer with a vivid historical imagination…. Wright describes the two worlds of Peru with vigour, enthusiasm, affection, and a sad, controlled anger.” - The Times (U.K.)“This is a precise, carefully wrought work … [Wright has] written a travel book in the best tradition of travel literature … It weaves personal observation, history, architecture, and anecdotes of gastric and cultural distress.” - Toronto Star“Cut Roads and Crossroads has been called the best modern travel book on Peru, part memoir, part adventure, part cultural study.” - Edmonton Journal“Ronald Wright’s classic travelogue.” - Calgary Herald“Packed with vignettes written in a lively style: poetic pen-pictures of people and places, of horrendous buses on vertiginous roads floating above the fleecy clouds, or urine smells in public places, of the exquisite music of the blind harpists.” - The Guardian (U.K.)“There is so much to praise about this excellent book.” - The Washington Post“Wright is an acute and indefatigable observer….. [He] displays a delicate ironic touch, an unerring instinct for the smallest detail with the maximum relevance to his subject.” - Los Angeles Times“A sympathetic, intelligent picture of the land of Peru…. Anyone curious about this remarkable place will find Wright’s beautifully written book moving and memorable.” - The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)“A marvelous mixture of science and color reporting, antiquities and contemporary politics.” - The Christian Science Monitor“The best modern travel book on Peru that I know.” - John Hemming, author of The Conquest of the Incas