I ended up enjoying this book very much indeed, even though, in the early chapters, rather appropriately, I wasn’t at all sure where it was heading.
I first read A Field Guide to Getting Lost shortly after reading Solnit’s memoir The Faraway Nearby. It’s every bit as difficult to describe. The book comprises nine essays on all manner of subjects, loosely themed on the concept of ‘getting lost’. In most but not all cases, the concept is metaphorical: finding yourself in unfamiliar territory, outside your comfort zone, is a good way to learn. And isn’t learning one of the most important experiences in life? It’s a thought-provoking book: eclectic, yet with a consistent thesis.
These few words don’t do Solnit’s hugely enjoyable book justice. You should read it yourself.
“…wonderfully droll, witty and entertaining… At their best Carter’s moorland walks and his meandering intellectual talk are part of a single, deeply coherent enterprise: a restless inquiry into the meaning of place and the nature of self.”
—Mark Cocker, author and naturalist
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