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Due West or Round the World in Ten Months   By: (1820-1895)

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"Due West or Round the World in Ten Months" by Maturin Murray Ballou is an exciting travelogue that takes readers on a captivating journey across various continents and cultures. With vivid descriptions and immersive storytelling, Ballou manages to captivate the senses and transport readers to the places he visited.

The book begins with the author's decision to set out on an adventurous trip around the world. Full of curiosity and an open mind, Ballou takes readers on an unforgettable voyage. From the bustling streets of New York to the majestic landscapes of South America, the author skillfully combines personal anecdotes, historical facts, and insightful observations to paint a comprehensive picture of each destination.

One of the most commendable aspects of Ballou's travelogue is his ability to delve beyond the surface level. Rather than simply describing the physical beauty of the places he visits, he explores the unique customs, traditions, and people that define each location. Through his encounters with locals, readers gain a deeper understanding of the cultural diversity that exists in our world.

Moreover, Ballou's writing style is engaging and easy to follow. He effortlessly brings to life the sights, sounds, and smells of each location, allowing readers to feel as if they are vicariously experiencing the journey themselves. His enthusiasm and passion for travel shine through every page, making this an enjoyable read for adventure seekers and armchair travelers alike.

Another standout feature of this travelogue is the author's attention to detail. Ballou leaves no stone unturned, providing readers with a wealth of information on everything from historical landmarks to local cuisine. With meticulous research and firsthand experiences, he offers a comprehensive view of each destination, making the book a valuable resource for those planning their own travels.

While the book offers an enthralling account of Ballou's travels, there are a few instances where the pacing feels slightly uneven. Some chapters may be too brief, whereas others could benefit from more in-depth exploration. However, these minor issues do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the narrative.

In conclusion, "Due West or Round the World in Ten Months" is a delightful travelogue that takes readers on a thrilling adventure across continents. Maturin Murray Ballou's vivid descriptions and engaging storytelling make for an immersive reading experience that will leave readers longing for their own global exploration. Whether you are an avid traveler or simply love armchair adventures, this book is a worthwhile addition to your reading list.

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Round the World in Ten Months



Plus je vis l'├ętranger, plus j'aimai ma patrie. DE BELLOY

Third Edition.

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Boston Houghton, Mifflin and Company New York: 11 East Seventeenth Street The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1885

Copyright, 1884, by Maturin M. Ballou. All rights reserved.

Riverside, Cambridge: Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton and Company.

I rather would entreat thy company To see the wonders of the world abroad, Than, living dully sluggardized at home, Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness. Two Gentlemen of Verona.


To circumnavigate the globe in our day is only a question of time and money, the facilities being ample, and the inducements abundant. Intelligently and successfully to consummate such a purpose is an education in itself. The tourist will find all previous study enhanced in value by ocular demonstration, which imparts life and warmth to the cold facts of the chroniclers, besides which a vast store house of positive information is created which time cannot exhaust... Continue reading book >>

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