Readers taken to the ends of the Earth on two alluring journeys

Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser. Allen & Unwin, €16.35. Reviewed by Sara Keating.

30th March, 2013
Michelle de Kretser specialises in density of description. Photo: Getty

Questions of Travel


"History is only a by-product of geography," a character says in Michelle de Kretser's Questions of Travel. As a statement, it might seem grandiose, but it serves as a good summary of the themes of de Kretser's mammoth book. Our lives, identities and fate, de Kretser suggests, are determined by the environment we come from.

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