"When you're on the road, devouring Paris or roaming through Barcelona, searching for the spirit of a place, you don't need a guidebook. You need that one novel or memoir that captures what you've come looking for." Yes.
Greece: The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller
Tokyo: South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
Barcelona: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
London: England's Dreaming by Jon Savage
Montreal: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
Mexico City: Burnt Water by Carlos Fuetes
Paris: Between Meals by A.J. Liebling
Venice: The World of Venice by Jan Morris
How about you? Can you suggest some great books to read "on the road" and the corresponding city?