Kingdoms in the Air: Dispatches from the Far Away

Kingdoms in the Air Dispatches from the Far Away Shacochis has extended his knowledge and imagination into places most of us have never ventured Washington PostBest known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives including The

  • Title: Kingdoms in the Air: Dispatches from the Far Away
  • Author: Bob Shacochis
  • ISBN: 9780802124760
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shacochis has extended his knowledge and imagination into places most of us have never ventured Washington PostBest known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, including The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which won the Dayton Peace Prize and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Bob Shacochis began his writing career as a pioneering journalist and co Shacochis has extended his knowledge and imagination into places most of us have never ventured Washington PostBest known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, including The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which won the Dayton Peace Prize and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Bob Shacochis began his writing career as a pioneering journalist and contributing editor for Outside Magazine and Harper s Kingdoms in the Air brings together the very best of Shacochis s culture and travel essays in one livewire collection that spans his global adventures and his life passions from surfing, to his obsession with the South American dorado, to the time he went bushwhacking in Mozambique.In the titular essay Kingdoms, the longest work in the collection, Shacochis ventures to Nepal with his friend, the photographer, Thomas Laird, who was the first foreigner to live in Nepal s kingdom of Mustang as the forbidden Shangri la prepared to open its borders to trekkers and trade When the two men return a decade after Laird first lived there, Shacochis observes in brilliantly evocative prose both the current cultural and political landscape of the country and the changes that his friend has to reconcile with.Replete with Shacochis s signature swagger, humor, and crystalline wisdom, Kingdoms in the Air is a majestic and essential collection from one of our most important writers.

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    1. John Coats wrote a beautiful review of this book for Consequence Magazine (consequencemagazine/re). Here's an excerpt from the review:"Read the title essay (“Kingdoms in the Air”), and halfway through the first page you may find yourself mumbling, “Why the hell would anybody do this?” To which Shacochis might respond, “Why not?” Or he might say something like, “Because it’s fun,” which it is, and isn’t, as you will know by the end of the piece. He’s after adventure, sure, a [...]

    2. Anyone feeling adventure-deprived can read this and suddenly appreciate ordinariness much more. Adventure is one thing, life-threatening danger another. The reader's armchair, however, is a safe place from which to accompany the author to remote and roadless areas of the Himalayas, South America, Mozambique and other places where he encounters large wild predators, narrow trails and sheer dropoffs, threatening storms, and dicey humans. He introduces us to real people and gives a crash course on [...]

    3. I like Shacohis' writing a lot. This is a collection of essays he's written over the years about adventures in different countries. I think he writes best about his times living in the Carribbean, but many of these essays are fascinating and insightful. (That's about the most generic review I could've written.)

    4. Kingdoms in the Air grabs you right from the start and pulls you along on the authors far off notable adventures. I fully connected with Bob's irreverent, in your face writing style. Looking forward to reading more!

    5. A travel book of a very unusual sort, Bob Shacochis' Kingdoms in the Air represents exceptionally written, often highly personal vignettes from a life of wanderlust. You name it, he's been there, although it is clear that some of the destinations in which Shacochis finds himself are places to which he was drawn through personal relationships and some kind of kismet gravitational pull — and some are clearly just magazine assignments where he's been sent. The titular piece is a dazzling 100+ pag [...]

    6. Travel to places you would never think to go and be steeped in the experience. From Nepal to Kamchatka, the Caribbean, Mozambique. Adventures of all descriptions, some very comic, I could never forget the pepper spray. All underpinned by the history, development and ethos of place.

    7. Bob Shacochis is an old favorite of mine-- this guy can write! As a fellow former Peace Corps volunteer, I appreciate his thoughtful approach to other places & cultures. This collection includes some dramatic, fun, and thoughtful stories. definitely worth dipping into and savoring.

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