If this book isn’t badly written, then why is it still bad?
Who came up with the idea to spoil a fine travelogue with some contrived nonsense?
Is this author trying to show us how to alienate ourselves from our surroundings?
Can this book succeed in making migration seem a little bit less mysterious?
Can we really read about warfare as if it was just an adventure?
Is this how a cynic gets outsmarted by an even bigger cynic?
Should travel writers deliberately look for interesting stories or just go with the flow?
Will the search for the “Russian soul” ruin an otherwise great book?
Was it naive to hope for peace with the Khan?
What were German readers looking for in a travel book after World War II?
Is this poet distancing himself from his readers?
Why is this book still so awesome after so many years?
Why do these travel stories from 19th century Germany remain so recommendable?
Why is it so much fun to read Medieval travel stories that are at least partly untrue?
Is this book trivial and fun, or is it just plain boring?