White Sands

White Sands

Experiences From the Outside World

Book - 2016
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A collection of travel essays describes a series of unrelated trips and the people the author encountered, including the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Lightning Field in New Mexico, and Watts Towers in Los Angeles.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101870853
Characteristics: [xi], 233 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm


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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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