At a time when Google Maps can take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite's remotest trails and cell phones double as navigational systems, it's hard to imagine there's any uncharted ground left on the planet. In Unruly Places, Alastair Bonnett goes to some of the most unexpected, offbeat places in the world to reinspire our geographical imagination. Bonnett's remarkable tour includes moving villages, secret cities, no man's lands, and floating islands. He explores places as disorienting as Sandy Island, an island included on maps until just two years ago despite the fact that it never existed.
An intrepid guide down the road much less traveled, Bonnett reveals that the most extraordinary places on Earth might be hidden in plain sight. Perfect for urban explorers, wilderness ramblers, and armchair travelers struck by wanderlust, Unruly Places will change the way you see the places you inhabit.
©2014 Alastair Bonnett (P)2014 Tantor
He starts with a discussion of islands that have been removed from maps, and discusses how islands get on maps, and then how they get off maps; there is a discussion of lands not claimed by any recognized country, and what that means to the people who live there; and he discusses the effect and meaning of borders. There are lost spaces from underground tunnels to islands in the middle of highways; and floating islands. Thought the narrator was perfect. Found the text lively and smart.
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