A Field Guide To Getting Lost
ISBN: 0670034215
EAN13: 9780670034215
Language: English
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.3" L x 5.8" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
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A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown from the author of Recollections of My Nonexistence

Written as a series of autobiographical essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.

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   Tried to get through the book as I was reading ...
Tried to get through the book, as I was reading it for the book club. Eventually, the skipping parts ended up on the way. Still not sure of the book's point.
 
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   Lost in the blues is a good thing
Routine is a kind of hell for some people. Life happens, discovery happens when we exit our comfort zones and enter Terra incognita when we are lost. Some go with fear, others with a natural unfamiliarity-comatose explorers. Solnit shares in the blue of the unknown, often in the distance on the verge of the horizon, her philosophy of discovery, creativity and growth. The concepts of loss, being lost, and having lost are explored in many ways. Let yourself be lost in her prose, enter the landscape of her beings she creates and you will find in her wisdom a chart to discovery.
 
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   The Lost and Found of Our Lives
Sometimes we have to lose ourselves to find something we never knew existed. Solnit offers fascinating stories of loss and discovery. Her narrative lapses may be disappointed for those expecting a tightly organized group of essays. But those who are willing to occasionally stop and reflect will be rewarded with very insightful stories that could change the way they see themselves and the world. For me it was that my identity was more fluid than I realized and to not be ashamed to admit when I am at a loss and trying to figure out how to be the best in the world.
 
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   Indicate if it is marked as remaindered!
It was supposed to be a new book, which technically is, but it has the annoying felt pen mark on the bottom of the book, indicating that it is a restorted book.
 
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   Way too unfocused and wandering for me
This book has a few excellent passages, but was not what I expected at all. Some of the chapters have only a very far-fetched connection to the concept of being lost. Many chapters dealt philosophically and impressionistically from one subject, experience, artist or period of history to another without a clear enough thematic connection. You may like this, but I found it to be mostly a waste of my time.
 
5
   Lovely prose
Solnit's prose is magical, moving and beautiful in the way it flows on the pages as it leads the reader to her deepest thoughts. Her thought are reasons enough to read this book, as the prose is a cherry on the top. It is interesting that I never was lost in reading her dense descriptions of losing, being lost, and the rest.
 
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   Not what I expected, but in a good way
Pieces, fragments and almost painfully open deep dives into the past, but also a great number of highlighted passages that I will hopefully revisit, expand my notes, and ponder for a good long time. Might it be intentional that the focus on naturalizing gets lost a bit in other teams or simply a consequence of losing musings of this nature?
 
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   A timely book for modern times
I am only partway in and I am already fully immersed in Rebecca Solnit's mesmerizing prose! I learned from my favorite blogger about this book, and I am so glad to have collected a copy. As we navigating the rollercoaster of the Pantoc and other tragic events in our society, not knowing what the future will hold, this book brings beauty and peaceful healing to the art of being lost. I can 't wait to see where the test leads from this book. Rebecca, thank you!
 
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   Persisted for Life’s Library book club.
At times during this read, I felt like I could understand what was said and why. For most part, though, it felt like an unending meditation on how Solnit feels about the feelings of being specific places, whether the place is a time, memory or location, and I did not feel like there was much to gain from reading it. That said... although this book was not particularly interesting to me, the few passages connected did bring about new understandings of the concept of finding oneself through the act of losing. Still wouldn 't read it likely again.
 
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   Complete psychobabble, incoherent thoughts
I still don 't even know what the book is about, and I have had this feeling through all 206 pages of it. What is she trying to tell the reader???? I think the title is appropriate... I lost.
 
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