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A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
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Jan 06, 08

Recommended to aloveiz by: c. musgrave
Recommended for: page skimmers
Read in May, 2007

This book is written like a love letter which, in this case, is an insult to its topic.
I found many of the anecdotes and references too personal making parts seem more like an autobiography (or collection of excuses) than a cultural document on the idea of being lost. The writing is also full of misplaced lyrical indulgences that detract from the somewhat sporadic historical references that seemed otherwise well researched and interesting. Maybe Solnit couldn't come up with enough material, maybe the book should have been an article, maybe she was just lonely.
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message 1: by gaby (new)

gaby AAHAHAH best review!
ps: i love u, thank u XO!

Christopher Musgrave Its true, this book is more of a personal memoir than anything else she has done to date. Maybe it would be better titled "a field guide to loss", which is what it really seems to be about. Check out Wanderlust or River of Shadows for more cogently researched books from Solnit. River of Shadows being my personal favorite.
- a page skimmer.

message 3: by Bonni (new)

Bonni This is not fair but rather deeming. If you need an up to the minute, well articulated review take a look at this!

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