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The immeasurable world : journeys in desert places

Author: William Atkins, (Editor)
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First United States editionView all editions and formats
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"In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Geoff Dyer, a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in six deserts on five continents that evoke 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, Will Atkins decided  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Named Person: William Atkins, (Editor)
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Atkins, (Editor)
ISBN: 9780385539883 0385539886
OCLC Number: 1008873870
Description: 352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The desert library : the Empty Quarter, Oman --
Field of thunder : the Great Victoria Desert, Australia --
Troublemakers : the Gobi Desert and the Taklamakan Desert, China --
Bastard sturgeon : the Aralkum, Kazakhstan --
Between great fires : the Sonoran Desert, USA --
Matter out of place : the Black Rock Desert, USA --
The inner mountain : the Eastern Desert, Egypt.
Responsibility: William Atkins.

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"In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Geoff Dyer, a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in six deserts on five continents that evoke 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, Will Atkins decided to travel in six of the world's driest, hottest places: the Empty Quarter of Oman, the Gobi Desert of North 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 the 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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