Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of The World Read AUTHOR Pico Iyer

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Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of The World

The author of Video Night in Kathmandu ups the ante on himself in this sublimely evocat. That Pico Iyer how is possible to be so erudite and entertaining as he is What a great idea to group a bunch of places as disparate as Iceland and Australia together and reveal their commonality as Lonely Places not so much places where people might be lonely as places that have fallen off the map or fallen out of time Cuba is a particularly good example of this being once or twice or thrice removed from the Westernized globalized relentlessly forward looking mainstream way of life that has laminated the globe in recent decades Not all of the places appeal to nostalgia lovers on North Korea for instance I think I ll pass but how funny Pico Iyer makes his stay there People say that Pyongyang is a dreary city but i found no shortage of diversions there I was taken to the subway stations and to the Thermal Power Station to the Korean Revolutionary Museum and to a performance by the Korean people s Army circus whose artists wielded guns while doing handstands and chanted slogans while revolving in midairI can t always handle the armchair travel books about glorious Tuscan villas because it makes me too unhappy not to be able to up and leave right away but Pico Iyer s writings let me think and understand about the world without feeling too envious about it pure delight

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From Iceland to Bhutan to Argentina Iyer remains both uncannily observant and hilarious. An interesting idea for a group of travel essays include countries that are isolated either by geography by politics or socially Somewhat dated in that I m sure that some of the countries included are very different now than they were in the early 90 s such as Argentina and Paraguay There s some funny bits but the problem I have with the book is that Iyer writes like a well trained journalist Meaning that he doesn t get involved with anyone there s very little interaction with the locals anywhere in this book It s entirely made up of uirky facts about each location and uirky things that happen to him while traveling Which would be fine if there were some kind of discussion of how travel in these countries affected him or changed his outlook He is entirely disengaged from all situations as a journalist is supposed to be which unfortunately makes for a tiring travel book

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Ive and acerbically funny tour through the world's loneliest and most eccentric places. What a beautiful bookWith literature so beautiful that it makes you want to put the book down so you can go over the sentences in your mind again and mention of intelligent references all over making you reach out for the encyclopedia and set in places so far removed from the world that they make you curious this book is just perfectI ve been a fan of Iyer s for a long time from his TED talks and essays in magazines but now I know it s for a lifetime The man knows how to travel what to look for in a new place and how to convey what he is feeling in that moment How else will you make a book written about lonely countries in the 1990s still relevant 25 years later when the reader is well aware that the conditions mentioned in the book should long be over in that countryAt once I was in many places Shuddered at the thought of Juche and Our Beloved Leader of the unfortunate Korea amused and interested about Peronism and the pseudo aristocracy of Argentina excited at the possibility of visiting Cuba now that the doors are opened amused by the structure of the society in Iceland heart full of longing at the immense peace and beauty when Bhutan is mentioned for the first time read about Saigon and Vietnam and the differences feel terrible and also weird ed out for Paraguay and at last get lost in the vast continent of Australia All of this from my couch with rich words and sentences for company and the thought of one man living it all Just brilliant


About the Author: Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is a British born essayist and novelist of Indian descent As an acclaimed travel writer he began his career documenting a neglected aspect of travel the sometimes surreal disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture Since then he has written ten books exploring also the cultural conseuences of isolation whether writing about the exiled spiritual leaders of



10 thoughts on “Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of The World

  1. says:

    I can'ttttt any I'm gonna die of boredom I was so looking forward to reading this book but it is SO BLAH I was expecting of a travelogue style of writing not a completely stand offish overview The author didn't really get into expe

  2. says:

    A uick look over the other reviews and ratings reinforces my view that this book was very hit and missConsisting of eight individual travel non fiction short stories in different locations it really was a mixture All were w

  3. says:

    That Pico Iyer how is possible to be so erudite and entertaining as he is? What a great idea to group a bunch of places as disparate as Iceland and Australia together and reveal their commonality as Lonely Places

  4. says:

    I wouldnt have picked up Iyer again after reading his 'Video Night in Kathmandu' but was drawn by a friend's reco and d super selection of places North Korea Argentina Cuba Iceland Bhutan Paraguay Also Vietnam and Australia but have read a bit about them especially the latter bcoz of cricketing articles tooThe writing isnt bad it j

  5. says:

    The timestamp for the first chapter is 1990 I imagine myself then 26 years ago cognizant of the places being referred to in the book only thanks to an atlas and a penchant for remembering country capital currency courtesy school uizzes Just text in the head with no images to go along in a world before the internet What then are these lonely places? From Iceland up there to Australia down south and from North Korea to the right and Paragu

  6. says:

    What a beautiful bookWith literature so beautiful that it makes you want to put the book down so you can go over the sentences in your mind again and mention of intelligent references all over making you reach out for the encyclopedia and se

  7. says:

    An interesting idea for a group of travel essays include countries that are isolated either by geography by politics or socially Somewhat dated in that I'm sure that some of the countries included are very different now than they were in the early 90's such as Argentina and Paraguay There's some funny bits but the problem I have with the book is that Iyer writes like a well trained journalist Meaning that he doesn't get involved

  8. says:

    A lovely collection of Pico Iyer's travel pieces for various magazines brought together under a theme that is intriguing and immensely relatable Pico Iyer's introductory essay to the book is extraordinary writing and I will come back to it again and again The essays themselves are mixed things a couple of them I loved a couple did n

  9. says:

    Having taken a growingly serious interest in travel writing and having wanted to read Pico Iyer ever since I came across this uote Kindness is water religion is like tea You can survive without tea you can't survive without water I

  10. says:

    Pico Iyer might be the most difficult contemporary writer to summarize or review a product of Eton Oxford Double First Class degree and Harva

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