Falling Off the Map  - Some Lonely Places of the World

Falling Off the Map - Some Lonely Places of the World (English, Paperback, Pico Iyer,)


Falling Off the Map - Some Lonely Places of the World  (English, Paperback, Pico Iyer,)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
  • Genre: Travel
  • ISBN: 9780143032106, 0143032100
  • Pages: 280
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    Falling Off The Map: Some Lonely Places Of The World is a delightful exploration of some of the isolated regions of the world.

    Summary Of The Book

    In Falling Off The Map: Some Lonely Places Of The World, the author takes us to isolated locations across the world. But there are varieties of isolation, which are measured by parameters which are geographical, cultural, attitudes and habits. These are the kinds of isolation explored in the book. The author has deliberately kept off the popular tourist destinations like London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and others of that ilk. Instead, he travels to North Korea, Cuba and Paraguay. He goes to Bhutan, Iceland and and Argentina.

    In Argentina, he discovers Batmobiles being sold by women, and penguins parading off in pairs. In North Korea, he is entertained by the People’s Army Circus, whose members hold on to their guns while doing handstands.

    In Iceland, he marvels at the high literacy rate and also at the country’s landscape. He gives a pithy review of Bhutan’s first feature film, which he describes as a $6500 blockbuster where the girl dies and the boy kills himself in her funeral pyre. They then live happily ever after as a cow and an ox.

    Falling Off The Map: Some Lonely Places Of The World has taken for its subject a set of places that are as different as possible from each other in many ways, yet linked by an impression of remoteness, of being cut-off from the rest of the world. The vivid descriptions and the witty commentaries make this book eminently readable as a travelogue, even after almost two decades.

    About Pico Iyer

    Pico Iyer is a British born writer of Indian origin.

    Other books by this author are Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-so-Far East, Imagining Canada: An Outsider's Hope for a Global Future, The Recovery of Innocence, and The Man Within My Head.

    Siddharth Pico Raghavan Iyer was born in 1957 in Oxford, England, to Indian parents. He grew up in England and the US, and was educated at Eton College, Oxford University and Harvard University. He taught literature at Harvard University for some time before joining Time magazine in 1982. He now lives in Japan with his Japanese wife.

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    • Penguin Books India
    Author Info
    • Pico Iyer is the author of sixteen books, translated into twenty-three languages, on subjects ranging from globalism to the Cuban Revolution and from stillness to the fourteenth Dalai Lama. His four talks for TED have received more than eleven million views so far.
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    Wakes up the Travel Bug in you.

    A nice read about a few places in the World the Author feels are truly lonely. Pico observes and writes about the peculiarity of a few interesting places in the world which have been cut off from this global village due to political / geographical reasons. The writing in draws a very good picture in the mind and makes you want to travel to these places.

    The pieces on Argentina and Bhutan are really good.

    Abhishek Kona

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    Oct, 2011

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    Armchair travel at its best!

    Pico Iyer's writing is always crisp and a treat to read. This book brings value addition to the reading experience because the places are described in such detail. Also, his frank background explanations add to the overall experience. I was enthralled by his descriptions of Patagonia, a place I am hardly likely to visit in this lifetime!

    Sunil Ganu

    Certified Buyer, Pune

    Dec, 2013

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    reading this book is like finding your inner peace, the writer has selected places & described them in a way that one wants to be the part of the expedition of life... this book is not for travel purpose but rather it may be followed to exxplore the places mentioned in them..

    Eileen Singh

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    Mar, 2014

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    Goodness level : Leisure

    The perfect book for a rainy day. Loved the way the content flows. If you dream of travelling you got to read this one.
    Soothing,serene and similar words come to my mind when I think of this book.

    Happy reading.. :)

    Aadisesh Mohan

    Certified Buyer, Kozhikode

    Feb, 2015

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