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  1. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Most travel books are about going somewhere new and recording one s experiences this one is about staying home in a beloved place and good naturedly welcoming visitors in for a tour Cunningham, known for novels like The Hours, wrote this homage to Provincetown, Massachusetts 15 years ago as part of the Crown Journeys series He recounts the wider history of the town as well as his personal history with it, and takes readers through the beach areas and the downtown, pointing out the best places Most travel books are about going somewhere new and recording one s experiences this one is about staying home in a beloved place and good naturedly welcoming visitors in for a tour Cunningham, known for novels like The Hours, wrote this homage to Provincetown, Massachusetts 15 years ago as part of the Crown Journeys series He recounts the wider history of the town as well as his personal history with it, and takes readers through the beach areas and the downtown, pointing out the best places to go for a drink or do some shopping Of course, today Provincetown is best known as a haven for homosexuals and artists an eccentrics sanctuary, as Cunningham describes it the only small town I know of where those who live unconventionally seem to outnumber those who live within the prescribed boundaries of home and licensed marriage, respectable job and biological children It is where people who were the outcasts and untouchables in other towns can become prominent members of society I can hardly think of another book that so succinctly and lovingly sums up a place, and were I familiar with Provincetown myself I daresay I would have given this 5 stars It s somewhere I ve never been and may indeed never go, but this book is better than any tourist guide because it makes you feel like you belong and would recognize any landmark or establishment you might pass.Other favorite lines Sex settles over the quiet streets like a blanket it is sexy simply to walk or pedal around, with no intention of bodily engagement, just to watch and listen and to breathe salty nocturnal air so saturated with want The light in Provincetown rivals that of Paris or Venice Being in Provincetown is like standing on a raft moored fifty miles out to sea Its light is aquatic it falls not only down from the sky but up again from the water, so that when you stand there, you do so as if between two immense platters of mirror Provincetown s shadows are deeper andcomplex than the shadows in most other places its edges are sharper and its colors clearer Provincetown today is something like an elderly bohemian who once knew people of great influence, who still dresses eccentrically, still lives in defiant poverty, still paints or sculpts with heroic optimism, and flirts only on bad days with bitterness about having been gifted and dedicated and having been left behind Note As of 2002, Cunningham only knew of one previous book about Provincetown Mary Heaton Vorse s Time and the Town 1942 in his acknowledgments he also mentions Leona Rust Egan s Provincetown as a Stage Fifteen years on, Paul Lisicky is currently writing a book about Provincetown My secondhand copy came from a thrift store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, but I think it was originally purchased in Provincetown itself inside was a Provincetown Bookshop bookmark with an owl on it, as well as a receipt from Puzzle Me This, Provincetown


  2. Whitney Whitney says:

    A perfect pack away book It s a journey it s a year spent in a town that is a famous yet infamous little town I feel like I myself could be a resident there, but I have never been there I don t know if I ever WILL be there But this book is such a deeply honest experience Entertaining, heartfelt, bittersweet, amusingeverything A New England climate set upon sandy wilderness Reading this book made me feel like I ve just been on a vacation Not a restful type of vacation One of thos A perfect pack away book It s a journey it s a year spent in a town that is a famous yet infamous little town I feel like I myself could be a resident there, but I have never been there I don t know if I ever WILL be there But this book is such a deeply honest experience Entertaining, heartfelt, bittersweet, amusingeverything A New England climate set upon sandy wilderness Reading this book made me feel like I ve just been on a vacation Not a restful type of vacation One of those eye opening types of vacations that require constant movement and observation It s an experience that makes me lifelong grateful that I was allowed to have the experience, and very happy to be home afterwards Simple pleasures can be had everywhere


  3. Paul Paul says:

    Cape Cod is on the North West fringe of America, and Provincetown is on the very edge of Cape Cod This isolation means it is a place which has attracted those on the periphery of American society too artists and writers have made their homes here, and hosts a large gay and lesbian community too.The walk takes us around the town, down the two main streets, across the marshes and dunes, for a brief dip in the bay and then onto the beaches With him we visit some of the bars and clubs, drops into Cape Cod is on the North West fringe of America, and Provincetown is on the very edge of Cape Cod This isolation means it is a place which has attracted those on the periphery of American society too artists and writers have made their homes here, and hosts a large gay and lesbian community too.The walk takes us around the town, down the two main streets, across the marshes and dunes, for a brief dip in the bay and then onto the beaches With him we visit some of the bars and clubs, drops into some of the local stores and stops by when passing the famous residents homes It has a long history too, as it was the first place the Mayflower landed, before departing to Plymouth across the bay.It is formed by its location too That part of the Atlantic is battered by winter storms, hence why most people visit in the summer, and the elements keep the town honest. But in the transitory seasons there is something about the light there that has a unique quality Even the grey days can feel special according to Cunningham, as these are some of the most dynamic and changeable.Cunningham s writing is vivid but has a haunting brevity This is a place that he feels deeply at home at, and the place where he met his current partner, Kenny Even though he spends time in New York too, he has now bought a place, and is in the process of renovating it.Thought this was worth reading overall I liked the way each chapter was separated with a poem too Found this image of Provincetown on a calm day


  4. Pudds Downing Pudds Downing says:

    This book could have been wonderful I love the poetry, the beauty of Michael Cunningham s writing But the old nursery rhyme line, paraphrased, could apply here When he is good he is very, very good but when he is bad he is horrid WhenI bought this book I really was not looking for a detailed description of the life of a promiscuous homosexual in Provincetown Yuck, yuck andyuck Frankly, I don t care if you re gay, straight, bi or alien I don t want to read about where, when, how or This book could have been wonderful I love the poetry, the beauty of Michael Cunningham s writing But the old nursery rhyme line, paraphrased, could apply here When he is good he is very, very good but when he is bad he is horrid WhenI bought this book I really was not looking for a detailed description of the life of a promiscuous homosexual in Provincetown Yuck, yuck andyuck Frankly, I don t care if you re gay, straight, bi or alien I don t want to read about where, when, how or with whom you have sex And I sure don t want to watch you doing it on the beach So the book ended up being very disappointing, in general


  5. Michael Sundblad Michael Sundblad says:

    If you have ever been to Provincetown, you need to read this book If you have ever wanted to visit, this is required reading as well This ranks with Jack Finney s Time and Again as one of the most romantic strolls through any American landscape While Finney s novel uses time travel as a device to tell a love story between and man and a woman and a city, Cunningham drips glimpses of the past into the present to explain his love for a quirky, small town that has no business existing, jutting If you have ever been to Provincetown, you need to read this book If you have ever wanted to visit, this is required reading as well This ranks with Jack Finney s Time and Again as one of the most romantic strolls through any American landscape While Finney s novel uses time travel as a device to tell a love story between and man and a woman and a city, Cunningham drips glimpses of the past into the present to explain his love for a quirky, small town that has no business existing, jutting into the ocean as it does If you want to fall in love with P Town all over again, or wonder why anyone loves this place at all, you need to read this book


  6. Laurel Laurel says:

    This book wasabout Michael Cunningham than it was about Provincetown.


  7. D D says:

    From the A House to whales, Pulitzer Prize winner, Michael Cunningham captures all that is special about Provincetown, Massachusetts.


  8. Mark Fallon Mark Fallon says:

    It s a joy to read a book about a place you love by a gifted author who loves that place too.


  9. Michael Armijo Michael Armijo says:

    This is clearly the pressure of a renowned author being pressured to come out with another book quickly It s like reading excerpts from his personal journal that have been thrown together It starts out adjectively and continues that way with one getting to know the feeling of Provincetown I have never been there and would like to go one day, but if I wanted a GUIDEBOOK of P Town it would besuitable Then, as you read on you get glimpses of how the author met his boyfriend in P Town an This is clearly the pressure of a renowned author being pressured to come out with another book quickly It s like reading excerpts from his personal journal that have been thrown together It starts out adjectively and continues that way with one getting to know the feeling of Provincetown I have never been there and would like to go one day, but if I wanted a GUIDEBOOK of P Town it would besuitable Then, as you read on you get glimpses of how the author met his boyfriend in P Town and his other flings beforehand Sureyou get a little history salt n peppered in as well but who gives a crock about the fish that you can find in the Cape Cod shores There s a rush to sentimentality with a close friend former lover who died of AIDS You get a mini bio of Eugene O neill and his P Town exposure along with other writers and artists There was a line or two about how the author his boyfriend saw a lithe, gorgeous gay Uncle on the beach that they BOTH wanted or wanted to be that was supposed to shock me but it didn t I think this is a great book for a single gay guy or lesbian who s planning to visit Provincetown I just think this is SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT for a follow up to one of my A FIVE STAR ratings of his Pulitzer Prize winning, THE HOURS This should win the SPRITZER LET DOWN PRIZE


  10. Tessa Campbell Tessa Campbell says:

    This book will inspire anyone to take a trip to Provincetown, Massachussetts Cunningham also author of The Hours takes readers by the hand and leads them on a magical tour of this quaint little beach town at the tip of Cape Cod Provincetown has a rich history and has become a popular summer vacation destination worldwide, known for its arts, beaches, shopping and gourmet restaurants It has a large gay community and hosts a wide array of people tourists, writers, families, gay couples hand This book will inspire anyone to take a trip to Provincetown, Massachussetts Cunningham also author of The Hours takes readers by the hand and leads them on a magical tour of this quaint little beach town at the tip of Cape Cod Provincetown has a rich history and has become a popular summer vacation destination worldwide, known for its arts, beaches, shopping and gourmet restaurants It has a large gay community and hosts a wide array of people tourists, writers, families, gay couples hand in hand, drag queens and artists Cunningham spends the off season here to enjoy a solitary winter to focus on his writing In Provincetown everyone is welcome and accepted I have spent two summers in Provincetown and it is truly a magical place The library there is amazing and I spent some time volunteering for their booksale


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Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown In this celebration of one of America s oldest towns incorporated in, Michael Cunningham, author of the best selling, Pulitzer Prize winning The Hours, brings us Provincetown, one of the most idiosyncratic and extraordinary towns in the United States, perched on the sandy tip at the end of Cape Cod Provincetown, eccentric, physically remote, and heartbreakingly beautiful, has been amenable and intriguing to outsiders for as long as it has existed It is the only small town I know of where those who live unconventionally seem to outnumber those who live within the prescribed bounds of home and licensed marriage, respectable job, and biological children, says Cunningham It is one of the places in the world you can disappear into It is the Morocco of North America, the New Orleans of the north He first came to the place than twenty years ago, falling in love with the haunted beauty of its seascape and the rambunctious charm of its denizens Although Provincetown is primarily known as a summer mecca of stunning beaches, quirky shops, and wild nightlife, as well as a popular destination for gay men and lesbians, it is also a place of deep and enduring history, artistic and otherwise Few towns have attracted such an impressive array of artists and writers from Tennessee Williams to Eugene O Neill, Mark Rothko to Robert Motherwell who, like Cunningham, were attracted to this finger of land because it was different, nonjudgmental, the perfect place to escape to to be rescued, healed, reborn, or simply to live in peace As we follow Cunningham on his various excursions through Provincetown and its surrounding landscape, we are drawn into its history, its mysteries, its peculiarities places you won t read about in any conventional travel guide