Martha Gellhorn Aaron I. Michelson - Essay

Aaron I. Michelson

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Martha Gellhorn's Travels with Myself and Another] is written with a piquant wit and a fervent compassion for human folly and suffering.

Yet, whether by accident or choice, Travels with Myself and Another is a depressing travelogue of disasters and exasperating hardships somewhat savagely narrated in an almost continuous account of frustrations, crises and even horrors. With the termination of each trip the reader will find it difficult to feel any glowing sensation of vicarious satisfaction; contrariwise, he will more likely sigh, "Thank God it's over!" Perhaps our traveller is deliberately following her own advice that the only aspect of travel guaranteed to hold an audience is disaster….

Also, most readers would be greatly aided by a few maps to assist in better understanding the accounts…. Still, Travels with Myself and Another is an interesting, informative and worthwhile book if for no other reason than most of us need to be jolted to an awareness that we are fortunate enough to repeat after Ms. Gellhorn, "Oh what a beautiful place I live in … I will count my blessings every morn and night …"

Aaron I. Michelson, "Non-Fiction: 'Travels with Myself and Another'," in Best Sellers (copyright © 1979 Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation), Vol. 39, No. 8, November, 1979, p. 295.