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Searching for Paradise: A Grand Tour of the World's Unspoiled Islands

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Publisher Comments:

“DELIGHTFUL . . . INQUISITIVE AND INTELLIGENT, THIS BOOK WILL TAKE YOU FAR AND OPEN YOUR EYES.”

-The Seattle Times

In a penetrating, brilliantly written book that weaves sociology, history, politics, personality, and ancient and popular culture into one compelling narrative, Thurston Clarke island-hops around the oceans of the world, searching for an explanation for the most enduring geographic love affair of all time-between humankind and islands. Along the way Clarke visits the remote and silent Mas À Tierra, the island off the coast of Chile that inspired Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe; sleepy, simple Campobello, the Canadian island where Franklin D. Roosevelt spent his boyhood summers; Jura in the Hebrides, where George Orwell wrote 1984. A stunning work of wit, adventure, and incisive exploration, Searching for Paradise brings a unique passion to dazzling life.

“This enchanting hymn to our ceaseless fascination for islands and insularity is brilliant, quite without equal. Thurston Clarkes wisdom and sensitivity radiate from every page: he fills us with an inexplicable longing for the land and the people glimpsed above the cliff top, and through the grasses beyond the beach.”

-SIMON WINCHESTER

Author of The Professor and the Madman

“An intelligent, passionate, absorbing book that manages to pull together the threads of history, myth, travelogue, personal reflection, and social commentary into a delightful narrative.”

-Toronto Globe and Mail

Synopsis:

In this penetrating, brilliantly written book, Clarke island-hops around the oceans of the world, searching for an explanation for the most enduring geographic love affair of all time--between humankind and islands.

About the Author

Thurston Clarke is the author of nine widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including California Fault, a New York Times notable book, Equator, By Blood and Fire, Pearl Harbor Ghosts, the basis for the CBS Pearl Harbor documentary, and the bestselling Lost Hero, which was made into an award-winning NBC miniseries about Raoul Wallenberg. He has written for Vanity Fair, Glamour, Outside, Travel Holiday, Condé Nast Traveler, and numerous other magazines and newspapers. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Publication Award for the Geographic Society of Chicago, and a Lowell Thomas Award for travel literature. He lives with his wife and three daughters on Lake Champlain in upstate New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345435101
Author:
Clarke, Thurston
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Reference - Guides (General)
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
TRAVEL / General
Subject:
travel;islands
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
172
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.50x5.58x.84 in. 1.02 lbs.

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