White Sands

White Sands

Experiences From the Outside World

Book - 2016
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Episodic, wide-ranging, funny, and smart, this exploration of why we travel marks a return to the subject of Dyer's most successful book, Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It , albeit with the wisdom of age. From viewing a lightning field in the Mexican desert by night, to chasing Gauguin's ghost in French Polynesia, from falling in love with a tour guide in the Forbidden City of Beijing to tracking down the house of a childhood idol in L.A., Dyer pursues all permutations of the peak experience. His trademark style blends travel writing, essay, criticism, and fiction, with a smart and cantankerous wit that is unmatched. Like Alain De Botton's On Travel and Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost , this is a book for armchair travelers and slacker philosophers everywhere.
Publisher: Edinburgh : Canongate, 2016.
ISBN: 9781782118091
Branch Call Number: 910.4 Dye
Characteristics: x, 233 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Dyer, Geoff Essays.


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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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