I am, writes Mr. Pritchett, an offensive traveller-meaning not that he is rude to porters, but that his praise of a country has sometimes been taken by its inhabitants as abuse or ridicule. Be that as it may, his book, which is based upon sojourns in Spain, Turkey, Persia, and the Iron Curtain countries, will delight every English reader. Pritchetts alert eye and relaxed manner, his flair for meeting new places and people without any warping preoccupations, produce the most felicitous results, particularly with the Peoples Democracies, which most travellers approach with a bias to left or right. The Communist countries are like schools: the population is trained, and like school

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