White Sands

White Sands

Experiences From the Outside World

Book - 2016
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From "one of our most original writers" (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book--firmly grounded but elegant, often hilarious, and always inquisitive--about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.
 
Geoff Dyer's restless search-- for what? is unclear, even to him--continues in this series of fascinating adventures and pilgrimages: with a tour guide who may not be a tour guide in the Forbidden City in Beijing; with friends in New Mexico, where D. H. Lawrence famously claimed to have had his "greatest experience from the outside world"; with a hitchhiker picked up on the way from White Sands; with Don Cherry (or a photo of him, at any rate) at the Watts Towers in Los Angeles.
 
Weaving stories about places to which he has recently traveled with images and memories that have persisted since childhood, Dyer tries "to work out what a certain place--a certain way of marking the landscape--means; what it's trying to tell us; what we go to it for."

With 4 pages of full-color illustrations.
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101870853
1101870850
Characteristics: x, 233 pages

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ChristchurchLib Jun 12, 2016

In Geoff Dyer's latest thought-provoking book, a small volume of travel essays, he asks big questions: who are we? why are we here? Pondering them, he journeys to a variety of disparate locales, including Beijing to visit the Forbidden City, Tahiti to learn about the artist Gauguin, Norway to see the Northern Lights (though he didn't see them), New Mexico to see the land art installation "The Lightning Field," and Los Angeles to visit philosopher Theodor Adorno's former home. Photographs enhance the witty and astute observations by the sometimes persnickety Dyer, who also addresses his recent mild stroke in the final essay of this "mesmerizing compendium" (Kirkus Reviews).

robertafsmith May 31, 2016

In his very own way Goeff Dyer tries to work out why we travel. So much more than your bog-standard travel writer (he also wrote: "Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It"), the nine essays in this little book are part memory, part recent travel experiences and completely captivating. If you do nothing else at least read the back cover. Staff Pickles

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