A Field Guide to Getting Lost

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

eBook - 2005
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A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown from the author of Men Explain Things To Me

Written as a series of autobiographical essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo . The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.
Published: New York :, Viking,, 2005.
ISBN: 9781101118719
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Oct 30, 2018

Each chapter of “The Blue of Distance” dispersed from and faded into a chapter of author’s personal story of family and friends.
I traced the space and time on her maps, liked most what I experienced, even when getting lost.

Oct 11, 2018

I found myself lost in many parts of this book, which is appropriate. At times the writing was awe inspiring, at other time meh. That said, I will probably return to this book to re-experience it. The first chapter especially. I look forward to diving into other works by her.

Jun 07, 2018

As with all of Solnit's books, a journey of the wanderer. Fellow wanderers will enjoy it. Solnit echoes Tolkein in that "not all who wander are lost". And, that sometimes, getting lost is the most important part of the journey.

May 20, 2017

Beautiful prose... Solnit's use of the English language is a treat, and allows the reader to visualize the places of the book, and the places in our lives.

emily8 Jan 29, 2013

in her beautiful insightful discovery of herself and her place in this landscape,we find our own place and are grateful. Truly, a book to better help you inhabit your life and your world. (christian wiman)


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