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The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places

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For all the desert's dreamlike beauty, to travel here was not just to pitch yourself into oblivion: it was to grind away at yourself until nothing was left. It was to aspire to the condition of sand.

One third of the earth's land surface is desert, much of it desolate and inhospitable. What is it about this harsh environment that has captivated humankind throughout history
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Published June 7th 2018 by Faber Faber (first published June 5th 2018)
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Rose
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about tbe author's wanderings through the deserts of the world. We learn how each desert looks as well as a bit about the people that live in each. I found this book fascinating and if you think this book would be dry, well, I think you would be surprised at how the author describes the deserts and keeps you wanting to read more.

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
Eric
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly fascinating exploration of the world's deserts. It is really quite astonishing how humanity has thrived and survived in such a climate.
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May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway.

An interesting, eye-opening, thought provoking and immersive book about several of the worlds deserts, how they are different, yet the same.
Susan Csoke
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing story of one mans travels through five continents and eight deserts. Thankyou Goodreads for this free book!!!!
Geoffrey
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, travelogue
(Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book from NetGalley)

When reading the book's summary,oneI admittedly may be a bit off-put by the prospect of reading about a man's wanderings through some of the most barren places on the planet. However, following Atkins as he travels from the empty quarter to the American southwest to the Taklamakan in Central Asia is anything but a slog. Far from it, one will encounter lands that are all quite similar, yet also unmistakably distinct with t
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