A Long Desire
Explores the quixotic obsession for the new, the hidden, and the unattainable that burns within the adventurer's soul in these recreations of legendary explorers, visionaries, and their quests.
Published September 1st 1988 by North Point Press
(first published 1979)
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A fantastic collection of eleven essays by a vastly under-appreciated writer, whose Son of the Morning Star, about the Battle of the Little Bighorn, remains one of my favorite books. All of the essays in A Long Desire concern rumors, legends, theories, and fantasies, often of treasure, and the way they led to discoveries by obsessed travelers and explorers who were typically blind to the true wealth, not of gold but of knowledge, they imparted to the world. A great many people and places are nam...more
This is a re-reading. A great book, but hard to explain. There are chapters on the Children's Crusade, Columbus, Atlantis, Prester John, ElDorado and more. Connell is a excellent stylist with an eye for the detail that ties the past to the present. He also wrote an excellent biography of Custer called 'Son of the Morning Star'
A most wonderful book visiting historic voyages of many who helped open up the world so many years ago. These are great and exciting tales of adventure and speak about fascinating historic expeditions around the world. I loved learning about several female adventurers and will be seeking even more information about May French Sheldon and Mary Kinglsey. Anyone who loves history and adventure should greatly enjoy this well crafted book.
This is an excellent overview on some of the greatest obsessions that have possessed mankind over the centuries, which usually involved huge loss of life, genocide and the attempted attainment of vast personal wealth and celebrity, so sadly it can be said how little we have actually changed as a species.
Evan S. Connell, over the last half century, has published nineteen books of fiction, poetry, and essays, several of which—including the best-sellers Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, and the erudite, anecdotal, and totally unique nonfiction book Son of the Morning Star—are American classics. I've admired his work for many years, since first reading Diary of a Rapist, and was happy for a chance to inter...moreMore about Evan S. Connell...