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The Resource White sands : experiences from the outside world, Geoff Dyer

White sands : experiences from the outside world, Geoff Dyer

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White sands : experiences from the outside world
Title
White sands
Title remainder
experiences from the outside world
Statement of responsibility
Geoff Dyer
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"From "one of our most original writers" (Kathryn Schulz) comes an expansive and exacting book--firmly grounded, but elegant, witty, and always inquisitive--about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves. Geoff Dyer's perennial search for tranquility, for "something better," continues in this series of fascinating and seemingly unrelated pilgrimages--with a tour guide who is in fact not a tour guide at the Forbidden City in Beijing, with friends at the Lightning Field in New Mexico, with a hitchhiker picked up near a prison at White Sands, and with "a dream of how things should have been" at the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. Weaving stories about places to which he has recently traveled with images and memories that have persisted since childhood, Dyer tries "to work out what a certain place--a certain way of marking the landscape--means; what it's trying to tell us; what we go to it for." He takes his title from Gaugin's masterwork, and asks the same questions: Where do we come from, what are we, where are we going? The answers are elusive, hiding in French Polynesia, where he travels to write about Gaugin and the lure of the exotic; at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he goes to see the masterpiece in person only to be told it is traveling; and in Norway, where he and his wife journey to see, but end up not seeing, the Northern Lights. But at home in California, after a medical event that makes Dyer see everything in a different way, he may finally have found what he's been searching for"--
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Dyer, Geoff
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
essays
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Essays
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White sands : experiences from the outside world, Geoff Dyer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Where? What? Where? -- Forbidden City -- Space in Time -- Time in Space -- Northern Dark -- White Sands -- Pilgrimage -- The Ballad of Jimmy Garrison -- Beginning
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 233 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781101870853
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015030019
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)920966593
  • (OCoLC)ocn920966593
  • 772657
Label
White sands : experiences from the outside world, Geoff Dyer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Where? What? Where? -- Forbidden City -- Space in Time -- Time in Space -- Northern Dark -- White Sands -- Pilgrimage -- The Ballad of Jimmy Garrison -- Beginning
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 233 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781101870853
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015030019
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)920966593
  • (OCoLC)ocn920966593
  • 772657

Library Locations

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      1515 SW 10th Ave , Topeka, Kansas, 66604, US
      39.050746 -95.696533
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