A Field Guide To Getting Lost Paperback – 6 Apr 2006
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"Nine short, brilliant essays - covers an amazing amount of ground. Go on. Start walking. Get lost. Who knows what you'll find." (Guardian)
"A wonderful book,which becomes (marvellously) lost in itself . . . her writing is so lucid and sympathetic, so interested in the world around her, that she never seems lost in her herself, or self-obsessed." (The Times)
"Rebecca Solnit is unquestionably one of the finest non-fiction writers of her generation. Possessed of eloquence and erudition in equal measure, her books have a wonderful capacity to lead the reader on unexpected and intriguing journeys . . . As with Solnit's previous books, there is an emotional, even a polemical dimension to these ideas. It is a rare writer who can write so excitingly with both heart and head." (Scotsman)
"The book itself is a kind of wandering, and it is hard to say where we get to, but there are good things along the way." (Sunday Times)
"Like Simon Schama, Solnit is a cultural historian in the desert-mystic mode, trailing ideas like swarms of butterflies" (Harper's Magazine)
"Radical, humane, witty, sometimes wonderfully dandyish, at other times, impassioned and serious" (Alain de Botton)
"Fascinating, inspiring and beautifully written" (George Monbiot)
"Flawless scintillating prose, writing it is impossible not to admire" (Financial Times)
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But once you've put aside those raised expectations, once you realise this is not really her intention, it is mostly an ejoyable thoughtful read. Some essays are far stronger than others: illuminating and amusing on Klein, a fascinating alternative Vertigo, and the colour Blue permeates. Essays about her relationships, a lost friend (though terribly sad), and a rather poetically forced meandering about turtles did not work nearly so well. I've read she understandably hates being lumped in with the Haight Ashbury miasma, but you can see why she sometimes is.
Anyway, her questioning and seeking, her meandering tangents do indeed often illuminate and give pause for thought. It all speaks of sane person (at least, as sane as anyone one person might be). She has written more satisfyingly (Wanderlust and Muybridge), but this book is an easy going and pleasant companion.
Rereading the book to prepare for this review has been a deeply rewarding experience and have discovered that it has subtly influenced my reading over the last year or so. Authors quoted or books mentioned have quietly appeared on my bookshelf, as if summoned by being read. I can't claim this book will change your life, I'm not even sure it's what changed mine but I can trace the resonance of phrases, the impish nudge towards uncertainty and the words "the blue of distance" back to this book.
Solnit shares from her own experience, quotes liberally from other authors and is unashamedly intelligent and rich in her writing but is in no way alienating with her prose. She holds our attention whilst writing eloquently about loss, being lost and uncertainty.Read more ›
That said the writing in here is exceptional. Solnit writes with such a sense of place and purpose, and she is easily able to evoke a place or a time or a memory with consummate ease.
HINT: blue light travels further because it gets lost.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not an easy book to read. It rambles from subject to subject, some interesting, some not so. It is occasionally a great tug on the emotions. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
Such a wonderful inquiry concerning the many different forms of lost one can feel. Every chapter is a cobweb of little stories opening the mind for new perspectives, working well... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicolai Steskow
I've always thought of being lost as being a fairly straight and narrow concept. But this book made me realise how it can have so many meanings - Solnit's ideas about being lost... Read morePublished 2 months ago by aee
An incredibly inspiring book full of quotable quotes and big ideas, one to dip into regularly rather than read end to end. Brilliant.Published 3 months ago by Chris meade
The best review of this book is here, I loved it, but I won't attempt lit crit today.
Interesting book but I will need to listen again, Rebecca Solnit appears to have written a fascinating book and made it considerably more boring by narrating it herself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by KatieBrown