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Far Away Places on the Brink of Change Seven Continents Twenty Five Years {Kindle ePUB} ✓ Andrew Solomon

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In 1991 Andrew Solomon built barricades and faced down tanks in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev’s resignation In 2002 he was in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban; in 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex political prisoners as the country slowly fitfully pushed towards freedom We find him in Greenland in 20 No one had forewarned me however that if you live abroad any good while the notion of home is permanently compromised You will always be missing another place and no national logic will ever again seem fully obvious to you Far Away is a beautiful collection of travel essays Most of the pieces in this collection have originally been written for the New York Times some are uite old some recent Solomon art historian and psychologist by training but also notorious traveller and gay rights activist has bundled them together edited or expanded some and added an endnote to each story written from the perspective of today adding the knowledge of what happened in the years after the individual stories were publishedThis book is extremely informative and rich in the scope of themes The places he portrays are all in the midst of severe cultural or political change Whether it s Russia after the end of the cold war Libya Afghanistan Rwanda Myanmar he doesn t seem to aim for bird s perspective but rather for immersion Some of my favourite essays not necessarily from an objective perspective but because of personal interest where the pieces on Russian South African and Chinese artists as well as the article on Rwanda Solomon s writing is stylistically spotless and often very witty But what impressed me is the palpable effort of a writer to see a culture a place an individual not through a foreigners lens with the preconceptions that often come as baggage of an own cultural backdrop but to adapt to the lens of the other It s the embrace of otherness that makes him the deeply emphatic writer he is and maybe that embrace works both waysI understood that going where I would actually be foreign might distract people from the intimate nature of my defining otherness Highly recommended with many thanks to Scribner and NetGalley for the ARC

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Far Away Places on the Brink of Change Seven Continents Twenty Five Years

01 researching widespread suffering from depression and on the uest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998 Far and Away tells these and many other stories of profound upheaval With his signature brilliance and compassion Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals and how personal identities are altered when governments alterA journalist and essayis Far and Away is a collection of Andrew Solomon s remarkable articles about his worldwide travels over the past 25 years Although the articles report on these travel experiences this is certainly not a light weight or trivial travelogue Rather Solomon writes in a very intimate and perceptive manner about individual people their economic and political situations art culture and social change Other reporters may provide an overview of some of the locations and events covered in this collection but they do not contribute the singular level of insight understanding and wisdom that Solomon does This is an informative and thought provoking read with a great deal to consider and absorb Highly recommendedThank you to Scribner and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book

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T of remarkable perception and prescience Solomon captures the essence of these cultures across seven continents and twenty five years and tracks seismic shifts – cultural political and spiritual He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences yet shows us the common humanity uniting peoples and places all over the worl Warning this isn t a book review as much as my story about this book Some years ago at least 15 my depressed then husband handed me Solomon s The Noonday Demon in order to for me to understand what he was going through he has since been diagnosed with something else but that s irrelevant here What happened I read The Noonday Demon with great interest from cover to cover yes I ve had the blues myself at times too When we divorced I kept the copy ha haaa Sowhen I heard this book and title mentioned on the New York Times Book Review Podcast where most of my book list comes from I knew his name I had no idea that he had any expertise other than depression So when my book group was looking for titles for 2016 I spontaneously shouted out this title I did not know what a grand choice it was My book group consists of a wonderful group of liberal minded well travelled and very well read Unitarian Church attending women It was a HUGE hit Everyone found something in it to enjoy and think about For our book group dinners we prepare a meal based on the location of the book This one had many choices I ve been to Greenland and knew that raw seat meat or fermented auk was out One of us has travelled to Afghanistan and one to Syria Su also found the Afghan people warm and friendly Three of us have knit good to send to Afghans for Afghans in the past There was my choice I prepared a lamb dish a chicken dish chai and a spiced rice dish and we feasted If you like to travel and read about parts unknown this is a great read I listened to the audio version read by Solomon Don t let his deep voice a but plodding at times put you off His elocution is wonderful he does not read too slowly he does ALL the accents and delivers humor well If you aren t interested in avant garde art skip the first chapters but stick with it It s worth it


10 thoughts on “Far Away Places on the Brink of Change Seven Continents Twenty Five Years

  1. says:

    No one had forewarned me however that if you live abroad any good while the notion of home is permanently compromised You will always be missing another place and no national logic will ever again seem fully obvious to you 'Far Away' is a bea

  2. says:

    Andrew Solomon's previous two books Noonday Demon on depression and Far From the Tree on having children very different from youyour image of w

  3. says:

    What this guy doesn't know isn't worth knowing He goes everywhere talks to everyone and reports back So this is a collection of his travel arti

  4. says:

    Far and Away is a nice mixture of things it starts out with pieces about artists in Russia and China for exampl

  5. says:

    “Far and Away” is a collection of Andrew Solomon’s remarkable articles about his worldwide travels over the past 25 years Although the ar

  6. says:

    I have been following Solomon's writing for years and find it increasingly compelling Curiously many of the texts selected for this volume were written over two decades ago yet his voice speaks to me as if he were across the table having coffee That's how relevant and prescient his observations wereare Even so

  7. says:

    Excellent memoir based on journalism done in the 1990s and 2000s updated One of my favorite authors He blends his journeys through a variety of countries with observations of changes over time

  8. says:

    Warning this isn't a book review as much as my story about this book Some years ago at least 15 my depressed then husband handed me Solomon's The Noonday Demon in order to for me to understand what he was going through he has since been diagnosed with something else but that's irrelevant here What happened I read The Noonday Demon with great interest from cover to cover yes I've had the blues myself at times too When

  9. says:

    Well it was not exactly what I expected and sometimes the reading was uite tedious and weird but I liked uite a lot in this book anyway and still think that Andrew Solomon is one of the most original and deeply thinking modern journalists I would be happy to read of his books and especially to have them in paper form at home — probably some day I will Far and Away was claimed to be a collection of stories about differe

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    Stories about the places the author went some are interesting some are kind of boring; some have deep thoughts some just shallow fun Here are a few uotes and notes I marked down when reading the bookThree days in August; Page 61 The artists found out long ago that the way to combat a government that presents lies as if t

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