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The Immeasurable World : Journeys in Desert Places
by William Atkins


Overview - One of Booklist's Top 10 Literary Travel Books of 2018

"William Atkins is an erudite writer with a wonderful wit and gaze and this is a new and exciting beast of a travel book."--Joy Williams

In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Geoff Dyer, a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places.  Read more...


 
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Overview
One of Booklist's Top 10 Literary Travel Books of 2018

"William Atkins is an erudite writer with a wonderful wit and gaze and this is a new and exciting beast of a travel book."--Joy Williams

In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Geoff Dyer, a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places.

One-third of the earth's surface is classified as desert. Restless, unhappy in love, and intrigued by the Desert Fathers who forged Christian monasticism in the Egyptian desert, William Atkins decided to travel in eight of the world's driest, hottest places: the Empty Quarter of Oman, the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of northwest China, the Great Victoria Desert of Australia, the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazkahstan, the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American Southwest, and Egypt's Eastern Desert. Each of his travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background, and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385539883
  • ISBN-10: 0385539886
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish Date: July 2018
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds


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