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Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations Hardcover – 12 Nov 2015

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; 01 edition (12 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631910000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631910005
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Olivier Le Carrer's "Atlas of Cursed Places" is many things - travel writing, folklore, true crime, history, map porn - all wrapped up in a rather splendid package....Given its tales of ghosts, dragons and disasters both natural and manmade, Le Carrer's "Atlas" represents a fresh boarding pass to leap aboard the world of geography, even for the geographaphobic among us." "BookGasm""

..".an enticing tour of frightening places around the world..."--Shelf Awareness

"Olivier Le Carrer's Atlas of Cursed Places is many things - travel writing, folklore, true crime, history, map porn - all wrapped up in a rather splendid package....Given its tales of ghosts, dragons and disasters both natural and manmade, Le Carrer's Atlas represents a fresh boarding pass to leap aboard the world of geography, even for the geographaphobic among us."--BookGasm

"Perfect for the macabre traveler with a sense of humor."--New York Post

.."..morbidly delightful collection of maps and essays about locations that probably make actual visitors a bit nervous."--Dayton Daily News

"[For] those who believe the world is still full of mysteries to investigate."--Atlas Obscura

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Oliver Le Carrer brings us a fascinating history and armchair journey to the world's most dangerous and frightful places, complete with vintage maps and period illustrations in a handsome volume.

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Who could resist such a beguiling title? Certainly not me.

Atlas of Cursed Places implores us to be courageous voyagers; throw caution to the wind and travel to the inhospitable. It gives the reader enough background information to make an informed choice, with plenty of warning signals. There’s a clear nautical theme, and it is no surprise that the author has sailed around the world, stopping at each cursed location. The atlas divides the world’s foreboding and hazardous locations neatly by geographic region, and each location description is complemented by GPS coordinates and a vintage map; allowing the intrepid to self-navigate to places of eternal doom.

Three types of curses are featured; mystical, paranormal and natural/climate. In featuring mystical and paranormal curses it serves as a good revival of memory, superstition and history. Many of the curses featured have not been documented and are no longer well known. Even in locations that I am quite familiar with, I discovered myths and facts previously unknown to me. This is a fun, albeit a bit frightful, way of exploring the horrible histories of places.

The real downside of this book is that in some cases it has factually inaccurate information, and this really detracts from the value it could bring. In addition to the glaring inaccuracies, the referencing of modern-day human suffering in places like Gaza, Haiti and Kenya as ‘cursed’ is disconcerting. Nevertheless, in spite of this, it does try to offer solutions and glimmers of redemptive hope for the inhabitants.

This is a great coffee table book for the home to entertain curious visitors with. It’s the kind of book that will have people competing over who has been to the most places, whilst simultaneously daring each other to visit the rest….
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I just loved the idea of a travel guide to "cursed places".  The contents section of the book made me even more keen to read it.  I think that most people will be like me and know they want to read it or simply pass by.  For those who do want to read it there is a treat in store.  It is beautifully presented with maps and plans, longitude and latitude for each cursed place.  The write up then indicates why the author considers the location a "cursed place".  I guess any such book is subjective and others may not agree that some places are cursed and will wonder at others that are not included.  The places covered in this book vary from those about which there are ancient legends through to really quite contemporary areas; indeed in the case of the "graveyard" of Russia's nuclear submarines you could argue that the curse has not quite been fulfilled yet.  The range of places covered and the reasons are wide and varied.

The basic outline of some of the places I was familiar with; Krakatoa, the Chateau at Montsegur & Amityville would would be examples,   However others were completely new to me.  The graveyard of Russian nuclear submarines, Cape York's killer crocs and the impact on the environment of visitors to the Maldives I knew less or nothing about; it won't make them holiday destinations for me however I did find it very interesting.

There are actually places I'd like to visit as a result of this book and certainly some I'd like to know more about.  If I have a criticism about this book it would be that the articles on each place are fairly short; the feel was more like magazine articles than chapters maybe.
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This is one atlas some might hesitate to use as a travel book!
The locationa mentioned are various, both mythical and actual.
There are monsters, burning ground, bats and disappearing aeroplanes.
A great read!
This digital book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.
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Arrived on time and we're very pleased.
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Yes maps too small.
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