- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing (30 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761169083
- ISBN-13: 978-0761169086
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 4.8 x 26.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places Hardcover – 20 Sep 2016
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I thought I had seen most of the interesting bits of the world. "Atlas Obscura" showed me that I was wrong.It's the kind of book that makes you want to pack in your workaday life and head out to places you'd never have dreamed of going, to see things you could not even have imagined. A joy to read and to reread. NEIL GAIMAN, author of "Sandman "and "American Gods" "Atlas Obscura" is a joyful antidote to the creeping suspicion that travel these days is little more than a homogenized corporate shopping opportunity."Here are hundreds of surprising, perplexing, mind-blowing, inspiring reasons to travel a day longer and farther off the path... Bestest travel guide ever. MARY ROACH, author of "Stiff "and "Gulp" "Atlas Obscura" may be the only thing that can still inspire me to leave my apartment... This resource is essential for exploring the world and engaging adventure with wit and style (often from the comfort of my bed). LENA DUNHAM, creator of "Girls "and author of "Not That Kind of Girl" My favorite travel guide! Never start a trip without knowing where a haunted hotel or a mouth of hell is! GUILLERMO DEL TORO, filmmaker, "Pan s Labyrinth" What a strange and wonderful book! It is as curious and surprising as Saddam Hussein s very own Blood Qur an written in his own blood which I would never have known about had I not read the amazing "Atlas Obscura." JON RONSON, author of "So You ve Been Publicly Shamed" This book is as curious and enthralling as the world it covers. Each page reveals some hidden realm a realm that is frightening, or funny, or magical, or simply mad, but that always leaves the reader in wonder. DAVID GRANN, author of "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" Your peregrine falcon needs a small talon trim? Go straight to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital... Be grateful when visiting the Karni Mata Rat Temple if one of the 20,000 venerated rodents runs across your bare foot it is considered good luck... You won t be able to enter the 20-years-in-the-making and still abandoned tallest hotel in the world. It does not matter. Wherever you look around Pyongyang, North Korea, the 105-story skyscraper silently towers over all... Life is short. Our planet is filled with curiosities and marvels ... and this wondrous book is your guide! PHILIPPE PETIT, high-wire artist and explorer A travel guide for the most adventurous of tourists ... a wonderful browse [for] armchair travelers who enjoyed Brandon Stanton s "Humans of New York" and Frank Warren s" PostSecret." "Library Journal" "
About the Author
Joshua Foer is the cofounder, chairman, and editor at large of Atlas Obscura. He is also the author of Moonwalking with Einstein, an international bestseller published in 33 languages, and a forthcoming book about his travels with pygmies in the Congo. Co-creator of Sukkah City, one of the largest design competitions of the last 20 years, Foer was named one of ten people who could change the world by the New Statesman. Ella Morton is an Australian-raised, New York-based non-fiction writer specialising in the strange and wondrous. She has written for Slate, Conde Nast Traveler, and CNET. As the host of travel show Rocketboom NYC, she uncovered New York's underground oddities and interviewed Cookie Monster and Elmo on the set of Sesame Street. Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura.
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1.book covers only one odd place of interest for many nations . for ex.. In India only rock garden is covered.. I think author has visited only one state in India..
2 .the author focused more on Europe.. I think the world is bigger than that....
3.book cannot be considered as a travel guide.
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I read a short description of the book in the travel section of the SF Chronicle a few weeks ago, and made the purchase based on that. Well, that combined with my sister verifying that her son might actually appreciate this book!
There are many hundreds of places and things described over about 450 pages, with most including a photo, and the balance a drawing. I think the only things without a graphic are the short, “Also in or near…” entries. Those graphics add interest and tend to draw you in, encouraging you to read the piece about whatever is depicted graphically.
The book must weigh something like 2 pounds – just guessing – meaning you might not be likely to pack it in your suitcase. However, it’s easy enough to take digital photos of any entries you may want to have easy access to on a trip. It’s printed on heavy paper, and I like that the pages are a pleasing, very light buff color, much nicer than stark white. Point being, it’s aesthetically a very nicely put together book.
Because I bought this as a gift, I've looked through it closely but have not read it cover to cover. The entries seem to be written for a variety of readers and travelers, but certainly far from the lowest common denominator. It’s not a typical travel book! I don’t find every entry to be about a fascinating item, but a great many are, and possibly none whatsoever are dull. Even things that might not seem of particular interest based on the heading end up proving to be interesting when you get into the text. That said, there are items about things I have no interest in seeing, e.g., “Lake Monsters of the USA,” but there don’t seem to be many of that sort of thing included. As with "Lake Monsters," even if you (or a recipient) aren't likely to visit many of the places described, I think for many curious people this would make for an interesting read even without the travel element.
It's not a perfect book, and I don't think any one book can be perfect for all readers, but I do think it's very good and I can easily recommend it for anyone who might be potentially interested. Given the quality of the contents and of the physical item itself, I am very pleased with the price. Easy 5 stars and recommendation!
I pre-ordered this because I was already a huge fan of the website and decided to support the project. I figured at the very least I'd have a gift ready for the holidays. But I am absolutely keeping this for myself, and will probably buy another copy for one of my family members soon. The book inspires you to venture out and explore, and reminds you that even in this era of Google Earth and Twitter there is plenty of mystery left out there that's waiting to be stumbled upon.
As I said to my friend I sent it to, "just a great book to keep on the shelf so that anytime you're traveling somewhere you can grab it and find a couple of things to do that many other sources might not mention or that are special to the personality of a destination." She agreed.
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