Atlas of Improbable Places

Atlas of Improbable Places

A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners

Book - 2016
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"[A] fascinating voyage to the world's most incredible destinations. As the Island of Dolls and the hauntingly titled Door to Hell--an inextinguishable fire pit--attest, mystery is never far away. The truths and myths behind their creation are as varied as the places themselves. standing as symbols of worship, testaments to kingships or even the strange and wonderful traditions of old and new, these curious places are not just extraordinary sights but reflections on man's own relationship with the world around us"--Dust jacket flap.
Contents: Introduction
Dream creations
Deserted destinations
Architectural oddities
Floating worlds
Otherworldly spaces
Subterranean realms
Publisher: London : Aurum Press Ltd, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: 911 E
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Horsfield, Alan - Cartographer
ISBN: 9781781315323
1781315329

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SkokieStaff_Steven Mar 21, 2018

The world is full of weird and interesting places and the shelves of Skokie Public Library are full of weird and interesting books. In support of both contentions, I give you Travis Elborough’s “Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners.” This book profiles 51 plac... Read More »


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SkokieStaff_Steven Mar 21, 2018

The world is full of weird and interesting places and the shelves of Skokie Public Library are full of weird and interesting books. In support of both contentions, I give you Travis Elborough’s “Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners.” This book profiles 51 places with a brief description, a large map, and a single black and white photo. I was aware of just two of the places, California’s Hearst Castle and Japan’s Suicide Forest. The former is real outlier in the book as it is a genuine tourist destination whereas the great majority of the places profiled are best described with words like obscure, obsolete, abandoned, forgotten, and barren. A few places are creepy (Mexico’s Island of Dolls or Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses), some are tacky (Senegal’s African Renaissance Monument or North Carolina’s Ten Commandments Mountain), but most are simply melancholy. For readers who can appreciate the beauty of lonely and forsaken places, this is an evocative book.

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ownedbydoxies
May 08, 2017

Interesting in a browse-through kind of way, but it would have been much more engaging had there been color photos and possibly more gripping and personal back-stories to the various places.

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