The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places

The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places

For all the desert's dreamlike beauty, to travel here was not just to pitch yourself into oblivion: it was to grind away at yourself until nothing was left. It was to aspire to the condition of sand. One third of the earth's land surface is desert, much of it desolate and inhospitable. What is it about this harsh environment that has captivated humankind throughout history For all the desert's dreamlike beauty, to travel here was not just to pitch yourself into oblivion: it was to grind a...

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Title:The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places
Author:William Atkins
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The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places Reviews

  • Nate
    Feb 03, 2019

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

  • Linda
    Oct 14, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

  • Steven
    Oct 02, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

  • Toby
    Dec 31, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

    I'm never going to Burning Man ...

    What a terrific read - each journey fascinating and illuminating in its own right, excepting the tedium of Burning Man. I would be keen to read Atkins's other books after this, he's such a knowledgeable guide and poses such profound questions about mankind. ...

  • Yasmin
    Sep 01, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

  • Tom
    Jan 10, 2019

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

  • Sharron
    Aug 02, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

  • ⋟Kimari⋞
    Apr 23, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

    I'm never going to Burning Man ...

    What a terrific read - each journey fascinating and illuminating in its own right, excepting the tedium of Burning Man. I would be keen to read Atkins's other books after this, he's such a knowledgeable guide and poses such profound questions about mankind. ...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Secret Knowledge of Water ? Soul of Nowhere ? Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert ? Arabian Sands ? News From Tartary ? Desert Solitaire ? Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven ? Crossing Open Ground ? The Man Who W...

  • Diane
    May 31, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

  • Alaska
    Jan 16, 2019

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

  • Rebecca
    Sep 11, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

  • Andrew
    Oct 07, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

  • Peter Franklin
    Nov 18, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

  • Bronwen Griffiths
    Aug 07, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

  • John
    Aug 27, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

  • David
    Sep 08, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

  • Paul
    Jul 28, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

  • Geoffrey
    May 01, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

  • Sara Goldsmith
    Jul 22, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

    I'm never going to Burning Man ...

    What a terrific read - each journey fascinating and illuminating in its own right, excepting the tedium of Burning Man. I would be keen to read Atkins's other books after this, he's such a knowledgeable guide and poses such profound questions about mankind. ...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Secret Knowledge of Water ? Soul of Nowhere ? Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert ? Arabian Sands ? News From Tartary ? Desert Solitaire ? Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven ? Crossing Open Ground ? The Man Who W...

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  • Hailey Freidel
    Oct 24, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

    I'm never going to Burning Man ...

    What a terrific read - each journey fascinating and illuminating in its own right, excepting the tedium of Burning Man. I would be keen to read Atkins's other books after this, he's such a knowledgeable guide and poses such profound questions about mankind. ...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Secret Knowledge of Water ? Soul of Nowhere ? Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert ? Arabian Sands ? News From Tartary ? Desert Solitaire ? Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven ? Crossing Open Ground ? The Man Who W...

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  • Antigone
    Oct 25, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

  • Anthony
    Sep 12, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

    I'm never going to Burning Man ...

  • Susan Csoke
    May 26, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

  • Tory
    Jul 29, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

  • Scott
    Dec 24, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

    I'm never going to Burning Man ...

    What a terrific read - each journey fascinating and illuminating in its own right, excepting the tedium of Burning Man. I would be keen to read Atkins's other books after this, he's such a knowledgeable guide and poses such profound questions about mankind. ...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Secret Knowledge of Water ? Soul of Nowhere ? Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert ? Arabian Sands ? News From Tartary ? Desert Solitaire ? Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven ? Crossing Open Ground ? The Man Who W...

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  • Anna Iltnere (Beach Books)
    Dec 30, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

  • Rose
    Jun 30, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

  • Curt Langston
    Oct 25, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

    I'm never going to Burning Man ...

    What a terrific read - each journey fascinating and illuminating in its own right, excepting the tedium of Burning Man. I would be keen to read Atkins's other books after this, he's such a knowledgeable guide and poses such profound questions about mankind. ...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Secret Knowledge of Water ? Soul of Nowhere ? Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert ? Arabian Sands ? News From Tartary ? Desert Solitaire ? Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven ? Crossing Open Ground ? The Man Who W...

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  • Gaurav Jain
    Dec 22, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

    I'm never going to Burning Man ...

    What a terrific read - each journey fascinating and illuminating in its own right, excepting the tedium of Burning Man. I would be keen to read Atkins's other books after this, he's such a knowledgeable guide and poses such profound questions about mankind. ...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Secret Knowledge of Water ? Soul of Nowhere ? Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert ? Arabian Sands ? News From Tartary ? Desert Solitaire ? Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven ? Crossing Open Ground ? The Man Who W...

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  • Keenan North
    Dec 28, 2018

    The heart stumbles. She leaves, and his thoughts drift to the desert. His literary instincts lure him to the books, propel him to the studies, set for him a feast of symbolic attractions. Here are the records of emptiness and exile, isolation and ordeal - arduous days and nights of ...

    Atkins is the latest one to be drawn to those impenetrable places, deserts. He joins an illustrious list of explorers and people who are seeking something amongst the arid sands. The geographer definition of a desert is somewhere that has less than 250mm of rain per year, but for those...

    This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the auth...

    (3.5) Atkins has produced an appealing blend of vivid travel anecdotes, historical background and philosophical musings. He is always conscious that he is treading in the footsteps of earlier adventurers. He has no illusions about being a pioneer here; rather, he eagerly picks up the t...

    I almost gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I could not 'categorize' it. It combines history, theology, philosophy,politics, science, travelogue, literature, poetry ..... about 8 deserts around the world. Atkins starts the book in the Empty Quarter, Oman, with the Desert Fathe...

    Atkins travels to deserts around the world, and describes the different contexts they serve. Politically they have been used to separate people (US and China), but have brought them together socially (Burning Man) and religiously (Coptic monasteries). Their remoteness was used to test ...

    I love visiting deserts and love reading about them. William Atkins is a fantastic guide. A mix of the personal - including meetings with local people - plus historical and political context makes this an engrossing read. I was particularly moved by his account of Maralinga, site of th...

    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same. ...

    I'm not quite sure what this book was meant to be. I?m not sure it knows either. From the opening parts it looks like a history of the conquering of certain deserts, with the author kind of following in those pioneers footsteps. A bit. But as it goes on it seems to spend less tim...

    An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!! ...

    Book by British writer William Atkins is about seven deserts in five continents, and about desert per se, divine and infernal. ?The Immeasurable World? is William Atkins? second book. His debut, ?The Moor? (also available in the library), was about the vast moorlands of Gr...

    Rather than satisfying me with a book similar to two of my favorites: Desert Solitaire and The Man Who Walked Through Time, which are both about solitary sojourns in desert national parks, British author Atkins challenges by exploring some of the world's great deserts with guides in se...

    Atkins is an excellent observer and can evoke a sense of place so well. In this book, he travels to several of the worlds deserts, describing the natural features therein, but also delving into a human aspect of the place. He travels to the Empty Quarter on the border of Oman and S...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley) When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he ...

    Elfin-looking William Atkins treks across various deserts in search of what? That is the pervading question of this book. It wasn't immediately clear to me why he embarked on the journeys he did, other than finding books about deserts in a monastery library. Monasteries and monks are d...

    An unusual travelogue based on the writer's travel through some of earth's most inaccessible places -- deserts. An interesting combination of history, geography, literature, and even some philosophy. In total he visits 8 deserts on 5 continents. ...

    7/8 of this books were really good. Well written, moved along well in a series of essays set in various desert settings. Not a natural history, but not only a personal journey, a decent read overall. ...

    A fascinating book! I enjoyed his stay in Egypt with the monks. Agape. A great word but there is little love around us. ...

    When I heard it was similar to Bruce Chatwin, I ordered it right away. Well, it is not. Of the 6 essays, I disliked 2, enjoyed 3 and the last so so. So...3 stars. ...

    A strange book, mostly interesting, except the last chapter which I found tedious. ...

    The content warrants a 4* rating but sadly the prose does not. If only the same material had been written by Paul Theroux or William Langenweische. ...

    I'm never going to Burning Man ...

    What a terrific read - each journey fascinating and illuminating in its own right, excepting the tedium of Burning Man. I would be keen to read Atkins's other books after this, he's such a knowledgeable guide and poses such profound questions about mankind. ...

    You might also enjoy: ? The Secret Knowledge of Water ? Soul of Nowhere ? Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert ? Arabian Sands ? News From Tartary ? Desert Solitaire ? Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven ? Crossing Open Ground ? The Man Who W...

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