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Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations Hardcover – 12 Nov 2015
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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
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.See all Product description
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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….
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.Read more ›
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