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review ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ó Pico Iyer Pico Iyer Ó 8 read Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of The World summary Æ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ive and acerbically funny tour through the world's loneliest and most eccentric places. 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 Paraguay to the left ideologically just the opposite Pico writes about seven places the others being Vietnam Cuba and Bhutan that have seemingly exiled themselves from the world In Pico s words Lonely Spaces are not just isolated places for loneliness is a state of mindAustralia is probably the one place that can be deemed alone in terms of geography too but all of the other places are just that lonely despite being inhabited by populations vibrant in their own way or being surrounded by nations that are seemingly not too different from them More than in space then it is in time that Lonely Places are often exiled and it is their very remoteness from the present tense that gives them their air of haunted glamourAs I read I was reminded of the Tolstoy uote All happy families are alike each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way Each lonely place was lonely in its own way living a distorted reality that was uniue to itself and understood only by those living it There was something surreal about reading of kids watching Bruce Lee in remote Argentina the Korean population in Paraguay Thai restaurants in Reykjavik a Cao Dai faith in Vietnam in which Lao Tzu Jesus Joan of Arc Shakespeare etc are deities I also found Pico s exploration of telephone directories to be very interesting It was probably the internet of the pre internet era and he seems to have found many uirks within them The writing style is stellar as it always is His powers of observation and the ability to prise out things that lie far beneath the surface continue to amaze me As does the skill to encapsulate the soul of a place with one pithy phrase Take for example Australia English institutions and American lifestylesand a terra incognita deep inside Despite what he sees and experiences there is hardly any judgment aside from the sharp wit and even that is cushioned by empathy and self deprecatory humour Watch out for the fantastic chapter names another example of how he manages to find exactly the right words the ones that magically fit together and gives the reader a vivid portrayal of not just what he looks at but what he sees as well In 26 years much would have changed and thus these fantastic travel essays are probably a piece of contemporary history Many of these countries have probably learnt to posture and that s what makes the book even special For it tells us that there was a time when they were just lonely places and one of the last corners of the world

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review ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ó Pico Iyer Pico Iyer Ó 8 read Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of The World summary Æ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF From Iceland to Bhutan to Argentina Iyer remains both uncannily observant and hilarious. 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 nothing for me and another was just about okay reading In all of them however Iyer s remarkable command of the travel writer s idiom shines through You may not enjoy a couple of pieces here but you can certainly enjoy the man s writing it s nothing short of masterlyMaybe the better approach would be to not read them all in one go This way you avoid comparing one with the other Spread out over a week perhaps an essay every morning this book could be an intellectual stimulant unlike any other

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review ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ó Pico Iyer Pico Iyer Ó 8 read Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of The World summary Æ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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

  • Paperback
  • 200
  • Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of The World
  • Pico Iyer
  • English
  • 15 May 2019
  • 9780679746126