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Free Off the Map doc Å reader 9780544101579 Ç [Reading] ➶ Off the Map ➬ Alastair Bonnett – A tour of the world’s hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains todayAt a time when Google Maps Street View c A tour Mish enclaves where walking from the grocery store’s produce section to the meat counter can involve crossing national bordersAn intrepid guide down the road much less traveled Bonnett reveals that the most extraordinary places on earth might be hidden in plain sight just around the corner from your apartment or underfoot on a wooded path Perfect for urban explorers wilderness ramblers and armchair travelers struck by wanderlust Unruly Places will change the way you see the places you inhab I wanted to like this book a hell of a lot than I did I found it all a little too ordinary The places or non places were well described but the words lacked that magic sense of evocativeness and the what they tell us about the world just missed somehow Maybe it's because it's formatted as a series of almost encyclopedic entries each about one specific place There's no overall thematic structure or narrative to tie them together Or maybe it's because these aren't in general places that Bonnett has a link to that he's visited He's pulled the information for entries from other books because they're interesting on the surface There's little personal connection to Bonnett in here outside of a few succinctly stated anecdotes But place is mediated through human experience and without that spark of connectedness everything was just a little hollow and flatThis is nothing like a gorgeous as any of Mary Oliver's writing about place or Robert MacFarlane'sI feel guilty for giving it a 2 but for me it was only OK

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O reinspire our geographical imaginationBonnett’s remarkable tour includes moving villages secret cities no man’s lands and floating islands He explores places as disorienting as Sandy Island an island included on maps until just two years ago despite the fact that it never existed Or Sealand an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation issuing passports and crowning his wife as a princess Or Baarle a patchwork of Dutch and Fle Apart from some obscure bits of the rainforest and Indonesian jungles we think that there can be no undiscovered parts of the world; can there Surely we must have discovered everything on Google Earth by now Off The Map sets about putting that record straight In this book Bonnett helps us discover secret places unexpected islands slivers of a metropolis and hidden villages Russia seems to have than its fair share of secret and abandoned cities There is Zheleznogorsk a military town that never existed on any map and still retains some of its secrecy today Probably the most infamous is Pripyat abandoned days after the nuclear explosion at Chenobyl it is slowly being reclaimed by nature; the amount of radiation means that the area will not be safe for humans to reoccupy for at least 900 years Give or takeBonnett tells us about disputed borders that mean that the people still living there are unattached to any nation a man in New York who bought the tiny strips of land alongside tower blocks for a few dollars each There is Sealand a fortress built in World War Two and now a self declared principality in the North Sea Other islands exist in out oceans too some that are on maps that have never been there others made from rubbish that has collected together and occasionally floating rocks; or pumice as it is better known the residue from underwater volcanoes There is also a huge vessel called the World collectively owned by the residents it ploughs the seas keeping all the riff raff away He mentions the abandoned villages of England from the second world war including one just down the road from me; ArneIt is a fascinating book full of weird and wonderful trivia about places that you really wouldn’t want to visit on your holidays It is also an exploration of what makes a landscape and the things we draw from it Worth reading for anyone who is fascinated by those places that just don’t fit the map 35 stars

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Off the MapA tour of the world’s hidden geographies from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains todayAt a time when Google Maps Street View can take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite’s remotest trails and cell phones double as navigational systems it’s hard to imagine there’s any uncharted ground left on the planet In Unruly Places Alastair Bonnett goes to Off the ePUB #10003 some of the most unexpected offbeat places in the world t Books about maps and weird geography always get me I'm a sucker for themAlastair Bonnett offers up Off the Map to us geo nerds and it's premise is to talk about many weird places that have their weirdness due to several reasons He breaks the reasons down into several categories or chapters dead places in between places places that never were and renegade places You'll read about an island that was on maps into the early 2000s even on google maps that never existed a town that grew up in a cemetery Sealand the small nation established on a WWII gunner platform off the UK coast islands made of trash or pumice 'The World' a sailing ship for the ultra wealthy and many othersWhile there were lots of fascinating tales as well as obscure facts in this book it did not uite fulfil my desire The author is uite elouent and his observations and conclusions are astute But there was not much in between This book swayed from trivia to philosophical observation in a heartbeat and then the chapter ended and you were thrown into another weirdness With just over seventy different places to chapters in a 300 page book you were left on an ride of going oh that's fascinating that's a great observation to oh that's the end of that Maybe I can look up all those extra uestions I have on GoogleWhen a book does this seventy times it's a little frustrating It's even astounding that the author seemed to have travelled to some of these places and interviewed people all for 5 or six pages of text It seems like an awful waste I would have loved to see ten or twelve of these places properly discussed instead of a frenetic whirlwind So definitely one for completists and lovers of geography especially those who love trivia