Winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year (UK) "William Atkins is an erudite writer with a wonderful wit and gaze and this is a new and exciting beast of a travel book."-Joy Williams In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Geoff Dyer, a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places. One-third of the earth's surface is classified as desert. Restless, unhappy in love, and intrigued by the Desert Fathers who forged Christian monasticism in the Egyptian desert, William Atkins decided to travel in eight of the world's driest, hottest places: the Empty Quarter of Oman, the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of northwest China, the Great Victoria Desert of Australia, the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazkahstan, the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American Southwest, and Egypt's Eastern Desert. Each of his travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background, and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.
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by William Easterly
by William F. Bynum
by William Ritter
by William J. Cobb
by William C. Davis
by W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth, IV
by Ace Atkins
by Catherine Atkins
"Jonathan Crowley is an exceptional narrator for this round-the-world tour of some of the planet's most austere places. His intonation of this quintessentially British audiobook--eccentric, erudite, and eloquent--allows listeners to feel they're inside the author's mind. This audiobook charts a geographic excursion from Australia to Kazakhstan to the Sonoran Desert; it also maps Atkins's spiritual awakening with the most vivid and intimate writing about Nevada's Burning Man event anywhere, and with remarkable scenes set in an isolated Egyptian monastery. Cowley achieves a remarkable verisimilitude in his exacting rendition of this imagistic and evocative travelogue. This audiobook will satisfy those interested in politics and environmental concerns--and those who cherish solitude. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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