He named his favorite travel books for The Week. One title on the list:
Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss (Penguin, $20).Read about another title on Stewart's list.
“Je hais les voyages et les explorateurs”—“I hate journeys and travelers”—is the first line. The structural anthropologist’s ironic, paradoxical insights into “primitive culture” and the illusions of foreigners are combined with an adventure up the Amazon.
Tristes Tropiques also appears on Jonathan Rosen's list of the five best books about the search for Eden.