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The Faber Book of Exploration

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  7 reviews
What does it feel like to walk off the edge of a map? To emerge dazed, dying yet triumphant, from the Amazon? Benedict Allen's anthology of human exploration ranges across various terrains - hot and cold deserts, mountains and plains, jungles and high seas - and presents the words of those who, through the centuries - be they Vikings or missionaries, conquistadors or botan ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by Faber and Faber (first published October 21st 2002)
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Richard Newton
This a fantastic collection of hugely varied writing about travel. From the famous names of the great age of exploration, through to lesser known, but equally interesting tales of daring and challenge. It covers over 1500 years of travellers tales, which alone makes this a very unusual book. I recommend this to anyone interested in travel or travel writing, as I do not think there is another book quite like it. The standard of the writing is variable, but all is interesting. The one drawback is ...more
Michael Percy
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This is certainly a tome. The text is very small, with introduction to each piece is written in even smaller font, with the notes in the smallest font I can read without a magnifying glass and my glasses. The book is about 3 inches thick, too, so getting through all 800 pages was no mean feat. This is an anthology of great texts, and for someone who is interested in, but not enthralled by, travel literature, the book is ideal. The "anthologer" is an ardent cultural "immerser" - a technique I enj ...more
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gets five stars because the hardcover version just looks so impressive on the shelves. Inside are four star excerpts from records (or recollections) of exploration throughout the ages. A nice selection.
Jun 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True tales from the golden age of exploration. How can one top that? I don't care much for the glamorized photo of the editor on the back cover flap but I'll let that pass. It's the kind of book I read again and again, like the Mammoth Book of Endurance. After reading the journals of the great explorers I resolved never to be whiny in my writings, or complain about the leeches, discomfort, smell, or other small inconveniences. ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
At times illuminating and at times frustrating, but that's what you get with short excerpts from a collection of the best exploration writing over a long time period.

You can dip in and out, or follow your interests, but the main attraction of this book for me was allowing me to follow up with the full texts in the future.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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I'm docking this book some points because of the tiny print. I ended up having to use a magnifying glass. To readers thinking about reading this compilation, I would recommend getting the ebook version so you can increase the font size. ...more
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my fave people on this planet - His books are a must for a good collection. Warning, his books may inspire to travel and spread wings.
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Benedict Colin Allen is a British writer, traveller and adventurer known for his technique of immersion among indigenous peoples from whom he acquires skills for hazardous journeys through unfamiliar terrain. In 2010, Allen was elected a Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society. He has recorded six TV series for the BBC, either alone or with partial or total use of camera crews, and has published ...more

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