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Anatomy of Restlessness:Selected Writings 1969-1989 [Paperback]

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30 July 1998
This is a collection of Chatwin's previously unpublished material. Short stories, travel sketches, essays, articles and criticism cover every period of Chatwin's career and reflect the abiding themes of his work: roots and rootlessness, exile and the exotic, possession and renunciation.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Open market ed edition (30 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140256989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140256987
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce comes up trumps 5 May 2013
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I like the way Bruce Chatwin talks about travel. He gave up working at Sotheby's to roam the world. I'd like to have the same devil may care attitude to life. He talks about restlessness, and what makes people wander, why people have an inherent need to explore on foot. At least I think that was some of what he writes about. We have a need to walk.

It's a great shame Bruce Chatwin died young. I was inspired by him to go on my own to India at the age of 50 after breast cancer, to find out about my distant relative. In Patagonia got me there and it kept me there. I'm so glad I faced my fears and went, I've been back twice since then to different areas - Kolkata, Kurseong, Mumbai twice, Coimabore, Kerala, Kaniyakamuri
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the sublime to... 20 Nov 2013
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When Chatwin writes well, it's very very very good, and when he gets carried away...it's really a bit much. This collection of assorted writings is just that, from the illuminating and the lyrical to the frankly onanistic. Some of his writings - indeed, about the joys of writing and living - are just wonderful, crisply expressed, frank, un self conscious...but a few pages down the line it gets turgid, lumpen, forced, with occasional flashes of insight that are eclipsed by ponderous postulations that can't be justified academically or aesthetically. Apparently these sorts of short stories are what was to be the next stage in his tragically shortened career, and he would have been good at them if he had had some sense slapped into him. A bit more AA Gill-esque, maybe. Point his pared-down prose at the real world rather than the random and the metaphysical, then we could forgive the rather queeny snobbishness that surrounds his artistic writings, a hangover from his auctioneering background that leaked back into his life in a year or so before he died and made a mockery of his long-adhered-to minimalism. Overall, I favour What Am I Doing Here, but it's still worth a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Chatwin, but not his best. 17 Jun 1999
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Fans of the great journeyman and travel writer Bruce Chatwin will not be disappointed by this collection of essays and short stories. Some of the fiction is quite nice, if esoteric (but very Chatwin); the essays on art are a little more digestable, if a little vague since they are removed from their original context.
Not the greatest of books, but certainly not a failure or something a big fan should miss.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming collection of half forgotten Chatwin texts 22 May 2004
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If you accept the disadvantageous consequences of a collection of disjointed texts, and take this book for what it is, you'll definitely enjoy reading it.
And maybe this collection isn't so incoherent after all. The texts gain coherence from Chatwin's ever returning themes, a.o. restlessness and rootlessness (united in his preoccupation with Nomadism), and above all Chatwin's writing style, which is abundantly present in all texts. All texts benefit from a Chatwin flavour.
I really enjoyed this book. I can't imagine haven't read the autobiographical sketches `I always wanted to go to Patagonia' or `A place to hang your hat', the review `Abel the nomad' or the three texts gathered in part III "The Nomadic Alternative". These texts are classic Chatwin texts, if you would ask me.
The 'Songlines' might be more epic, 'In Patagonia' more odd, but 'Anatomy of Restlessness' is incontestable Chatwin's most charming book. Very charming, indeed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars stick with songlines & what am I doing here 25 May 2001
By sur flower - Published on Amazon.com
I was happy come across a book by Chatwin and another title that seemed to make sense to me. But - disapointment followed. This book is full of name dropping and references so obscure to a time and age that is really only talking to the gilded ex-pats of yore that were sitting in their chestnut studies in the colonised counties and it doesn;t go much beyond that. I think the basis for better is there in, say, the chapter "the Morality of Things" but published as it is, it is still unformed. The same goes for the Nomad chapters. Basically, these works were left unpublished for a reason. They should have stayed that way. Bruce has died and we should just appreciate his words from his own hand. I suggest you stick with the real Bruce.
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