InThe City at Three PM, award-winning fiction writer Peter LaSalle offers 11 startlingly original personal essays dealing with his longtime quest for world travel of the literary sort.
The range of offbeat experiences is widefrom driving recklessly across the county when young to seek out Saul Bellow in Chicago, to settling in for long evenings at a pub in Dublin with Christy Brown, the celebrated Irish author afflicted with cerebral palsy who typed with his toes and was the subject of the movieMy Left Foot.
In Buenos Aires LaSalle senses metaphysical transport while investigating Borges's work; in Cameroon he attends the wonderful opening of a small bookstore; in Hollywood he finds himself caught in a crazy mob scene while researching the work of 1930s master novelist and screenwriter Nathanael West; in Tunisia he follows in the footsteps of Flaubert at the ruins of ancient Carthage. And those are just some of the adventures.
Having first appeared in distinguished publications here and abroad, includingThe Best American Travel Writing, these are beautifully crafted piecesheartfelt, honest, observantthat conjure up those fine moments when travel does intersect with the important role of literature in our lives.
Armchair travelers and literary types will relish the descriptions of both the author, his travels, and the admired writers.” Library Journal
LaSalle shows himself to be a smart and open writer with a restless intellect and infectious passion for travel and literature.”Publishers Weekly
These are travel pieces
but they use travel mainly as a portal to literary celebration.”Kirkusl
It seems like the love of literature might be enough. But LaSalle is trying to do something else in these trips. He’s trying to find meaning, in a Borgesian kind of way. Austin AlÉ≤