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Norman Douglas' 'Siren Land' offers a classic look at southern Italy
Norman Douglas' 'Siren Land' offers a classic look at southern Italy

It may be late August, but do you still wish there was time to visit Italy this summer? Of course you do, and don't worry: Forget plane and ship fare. Forget even buying a copy of a Fodor's guide. Turn instead to "Siren Land: A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy" (Tauris Parke: 198 pp., $16 paper), a book that offers what's best described as "deep travel" — that sense of place far richer than any fleeting tour can supply. Norman Douglas was 43 when he published this book, his first, in 1911, about his physical and mental travels around the island of Capri and the Bay of Naples. This is an early 20th century classic from the golden age of travel...

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