Letter: Suburban man way out West

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WHY DOES the British travel writer in America always come equipped with such a patronising tone? Jonathan Raban's account of travelling through the United States (Review, 28 July, 1 August) has that familiar, irritating air of superiority. When Meriwether Lewis encountered the Rocky Mountains in the early 1800s he gave up his journal, unable to find adequate words to describe the grandeur of the scene. More honest, surely, than providing yet another example of the suburban mind at work?

M B Lewis

Newcastle upon Tyne