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Ive and acerbically funny tour through the world's loneliest and most eccentric places. I wouldnt have picked up Iyer again after reading his Video Night in Kathmandu but was drawn by a friend s reco and d super selection of places North Korea Argentina Cuba Iceland Bhutan Paraguay Also Vietnam and Australia but have read a bit about them especially the latter bcoz of cricketing articles tooThe writing isnt bad it just lacks conversations and joy of idleness as Theroux put it Each place starts off well and there r some superb observations but then gets into a rut And pieces seem to end abruptly especially this is not a single continuous journey Mixed bag but at less than 200 pages maybe worth a try bcoz of d selection

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Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of The World

From Iceland to Bhutan to Argentina Iyer remains both uncannily observant and hilarious. An interesting idea for a group of travel essays include countries that are isolated either by geography by politics or socially Somewhat dated in that I m sure that some of the countries included are very different now than they were in the early 90 s such as Argentina and Paraguay There s some funny bits but the problem I have with the book is that Iyer writes like a well trained journalist Meaning that he doesn t get involved with anyone there s very little interaction with the locals anywhere in this book It s entirely made up of uirky facts about each location and uirky things that happen to him while traveling Which would be fine if there were some kind of discussion of how travel in these countries affected him or changed his outlook He is entirely disengaged from all situations as a journalist is supposed to be which unfortunately makes for a tiring travel book

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The author of Video Night in Kathmandu ups the ante on himself in this sublimely evocat. I can ttttt any I m gonna die of boredom I was so looking forward to reading this book but it is SO BLAH I was expecting of a travelogue style of writing not a completely stand offish overview The author didn t really get into experiencing these cultures it seemed He gave a sentence here and there exchanged with a local at a restaurant or bar but that was about the extent of it I just couldn t trudge through the rest I thought about maybe adding this back to my to read for later in case I m just temporarily not connecting with this book but I know I will dread ever picking it up again so I ll just cut my losses


10 thoughts on “Falling Off the Map Some Lonely Places of The World

  1. says:

    I can'ttttt any I'm gonna die of boredom I was so looking forward to reading this book but it is SO BLAH I was expecting of a travelogue style of writing not a completely stand offish overview The author didn't really get into experiencing these cultures it seemed He gave a sentence here and there exchanged with a local at a restaurant or b

  2. says:

    A uick look over the other reviews and ratings reinforces my view that this book was very hit and missConsisting of eight individual travel non fiction short stories in different locations it really was a mixture

  3. says:

    That Pico Iyer how is possible to be so erudite and entertaining as he is? What a great idea to group a bunch of

  4. says:

    I wouldnt have picked up Iyer again after reading his 'Video Night in Kathmandu' but was drawn by a friend's reco and d super selection of places North Korea Argentina Cuba Iceland Bhutan Paraguay Also Vietnam and Australia but have read a bit about them especially the latter bcoz of cricketing articles tooThe writing isn

  5. says:

    The timestamp for the first chapter is 1990 I imagine myself then 26 years ago cognizant of the places being referred to in the book only thanks to an atlas and a penchant for remembering country capital currency courtesy school uizzes Just text in the head with no images to go along in a world before the internet What th

  6. says:

    What a beautiful bookWith literature so beautiful that it makes you want to put the book down so you can go over the sentences in your mind again and mention of intelligent references all over making you reach out for the encyclope

  7. says:

    An interesting idea for a group of travel essays include countries that are isolated either by geography by politics or socially Somewhat dated in that I'm sure that some of the countries included are very different now than they were in the early 90's such as Argentina and Paraguay There's some funny bits but

  8. says:

    A lovely collection of Pico Iyer's travel pieces for various magazines brought together under a theme that is intriguing a

  9. says:

    Having taken a growingly serious interest in travel writing and having wanted to read Pico Iyer ever since I came across th

  10. says:

    Pico Iyer might be the most difficult contemporary writer to summarize or review a product of Eton Oxford Double First Class degree and Harvard he might very well have a 180 I one is intimidated by his intellect and academic training Time Ma

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