It may be early September, but do you still wish there were time to visit Italy this summer? Of course you do, and don't worry: Forget plane and ship fare. Forget even buying a copy of a Fodor's guide. Turn, instead, to "Siren Land: A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy" (Tauris Parke: 198 pp., $16 paper), a book that offers what's best described as "deep travel" — that sense of place far richer than any fleeting tour can supply.
Norman Douglas was 43 when he published this book, his first, in 1911, about his physical and mental travels around the island of Capri and the Bay of Naples. This is an early 20th century classic from the golden age of travel writing: an era when travel writing meant bringing distant places close and not, as it often is today, finding something outlandish or extreme that hasn't yet been on YouTube. _ Chicago Tribune