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Tales from Nowhere (Lonely Planet Travel Literature) Paperback – 22 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2 edition (22 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741795206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741795202
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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these smart and exhaustively researched guides have become the gold standard for serious, independent travelers.' --San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Yes yes yes. A remarkable read. Some truly fascinating accounts of people's experiences of being nowhere. Some of the tales are superbly told, some almost poetic, particularly Art Busse's "Primavera' which was the highlight for me. The book gets better the more you read which makes a nice change as usually the best essays are at the front of an anthology. If you are expecting just a simple travelogue then forget it. Some of the journeys are inward, the writers exploring themselves as much as their environment. I thoroughly recommend it.
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A delightful collection of travelling stories. Some incredibly straightforward, some of them not.

If you're a seasoned traveller or someone who is dreaming of going on an adventure, I'll guarantee that this book will have you checking your savings account to see if you can buy that airline ticket.
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A collection of mediocre and some pretentious short stories. The Kanasankatan story stands out. That one deserves a five star. Too bad the others are just white folk doing their white folk thing around the world.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Armchair Travel... With a Few Speedbumps 14 Jan. 2009
By Xoe Li Lu - Published on Amazon.com
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The introduction and forward (by Don George and Tim Cahill respectively) to this collection of off-the-beaten-path travel stories were unbearable, but once I decided to allow myself to skip ahead to the first story things really started to move. Of the thirty essays, most are fun and interesting, while a few are real clunkers (Art Busse's 'Primavera," and the whiney "Animals, the Lot of Us" by Alana Semuels are particularly poor entries, and it doesn't help that they are back-to-back). Joshua Clark's entry, "His Picture Nowhere," was intriguing, however the author's attempt to be "artsy" in his delivery backfires. Standouts include Pico Iyer's account of visiting Easter Island with his elderly mother, and Simon Winchester's attempt to uncover the "worst country in the world." A few of the essays take on the pretentious tone of self-styled "adventurers," but most are fun and interesting. Overall, a decent read with a few rough patches.
5.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied. 24 Dec. 2014
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arrived on time. product exactly as described. very satisfied.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Jan. 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss but mostly hit 13 April 2010
By Paul Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
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A low flying four stars here for a book I picked up 2nd hand in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, when looking for something to read on those long travel days we all know and love....

Compiled by Don George who also put together the Lonely Planet short story collections Kindness of Strangers and By the Seat of My Pants this selection of tales takes as its inspiration the idea of finding yourself nowhere. And as noted in the introduction there were a mountain of entrants and the competition to get your piece in this book was pretty fierce and I can well imagine that as so many travellers have some quirky tale of getting somewhere and realising that it is, in many ways, nowhere.

The pieces range from humorous to touching and at least one is downright unreadable due to the painful format chosen by the author. As noted in my title some of these stories won't resonate with you but when you have a range of tales from such a range of authors set in a variety of locations you are always going to get that. One point in favour of this release is that only a few of the stories overtly scream of the holier than thou `I'm a traveller not a tourist' mantra, you know, the sneering sometimes indulged in by people who are cruising about the world freely while others have to take package tours to cram in as many sights as possible (yeah, cos their parents are rich and they have fabulous degrees meaning they can wander the planet for a few years AND still have a better house than you by the age of 35).

To me I find the whole Lonely Planet story pretty inspiring so find pretty much anything released under its name to have some value and certainly this serviceable collection of disparate travellers reminisces was a good companion for me on one of my own travels. Snapping this up cheap has probably sealed the deal for me to now go and buy other LP short story collections and I'd recommend this one for real and armchair travellers as part of the own travel library but note that almost all the writers who had pieces selected for inclusion were already published authors, so the likelihood of you finding a personal `diamond in the rough' is somewhat slim due to the slick nature of most of the stories.

Like I said, a low flying four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well selected stories - beautiful book 23 Feb. 2007
By travelling alex b20 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in an overprized Amsterdam bookstore and was actually quite skeptical if it was worth the investment. After all, who wants to pay for blog-like stories printed on paperback?

It was worth every cent. The stories are very well selected. One can only imagine the amount of travel tales the editors must have gone through before finding these outstanding pieces of travel writing.

The stories - as you would expect from a Lonely Planet publication - come from the most bizarre corners of the globe, but it is not the exotic places but the interactions with the people that make this book special.

Some of the stories resonate for days after putting down the book. The story of the guy who tries to write a book on SARS in China, travelling the country without finding much, and in the end loses everything almost has a Franz Kafka feeling about it.

This book is a screaming buy. Go and get it.
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