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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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0571319726
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places Reviews

  • 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • 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...

  • Adrianna
    Oct 21, 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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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  • 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

  • Julie Weston
    Oct 17, 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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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  • 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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 ...

  • Fran Blake
    Nov 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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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  • Tim P H P
    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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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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  • 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Virginia Ingham
    Jun 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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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  • Eric
    Jun 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

  • 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

  • Jim
    Aug 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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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  • 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

  • Lorraine Varga
    Oct 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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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  • 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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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  • Tammy
    Jun 09, 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...

    * Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway. ...

    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...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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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