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From Iceland to Bhutan to Argentina Iyer remains both uncannily observant and hilarious. 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 decided to pick up Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of the World two days agoIn six elouently crafted essays Iyer introduces us to six different places each fascinating and lonely in its own rightWhat makes a lonely place According to Iyer lonely places have no seat at our international dinner tables all are marching to the beat of a different satellite drummer develop tics and manias and heresies They pine they brood they molder are generally sure that their time is about to come are often poor places because poverty breeds wonkiness and a greater ability to visualize than to realize dreams are often small countries because smallness gets forgotten and most poignantly of all

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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. 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 written in the period to and teh author has specifically noted that they were not updated with the power of hindsight or retrospectively edited which means they become a snapshot in historyThey are all linked in that the author considers them Lonely Places or places that are falling off the map I have been to five of the eight places and while admitting that the places change over time and experiences are different depending on how you travel and who you travel with some were true to form and some uite differentBriefly they consist ofNorth Korea 1990 a very good overview of a tourist trip to North Korea albeit predictably sarcastic not a criticism as how could any sensible person not find aspects of North Korea s rule absurd and an interesting read 55 Argentina 1990 seemed very dated and didn t resemble the Argentina I experienced around five years after this Not particularly interesting 25Cuba 1987 1992 a in depth analysis based on multiple visits interesting and wider ranging 45Iceland 1991 a somewhat negative portrait of Iceland over the winter period again not my experience of visiting there albeit some ten years after Readable at 35Bhutan 1989 More than anything this chapter portrayed Bhutan as a frustrating place where the author perhaps didn t achieve what he set out to Disappointing at 25Vietnam 1991 this chapter came across as a study in opposites comparing the former North with the former South It was ok but seemed dragged out 35Paraguay This was another long read nazi war criminals government corruption military dictatorships the richpoor divide All fairly negative and drawn out 25Australia a brief overview of the character of Australia amusing enough but not very deep 45Which seems to add up to 2540 or just over 35 which seems about right

Pico Iyer õ 9 Summary

Ive and acerbically funny tour through the world's loneliest and most eccentric places. 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 just lacks conversations and joy of idleness as Theroux put it Each place starts off well and there r some superb observations but then gets into a rut And pieces seem to end abruptly especially this is not a single continuous journey Mixed bag but at less than 200 pages maybe worth a try bcoz of d selection


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 experiencing these cultures it seemed He gave a sentence here and there exchanged with a local at a rest

  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 written in the period ? to ? and teh author has specifically noted that they were not updated with the power of hindsight

  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 not so much 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 a

  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

  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

  7. says:

    An interesting idea for a group of travel essays include countries that are isolated either by geography by pol

  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 nothing for me and another was just about okay reading In all of them however Iy

  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

  10. says:

    Pico Iyer might be the most difficult contemporary writer to summarize or review a product of Eton Oxford Double F