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Yet experience needs shape and wisdom and behind every great adventure are the stories that inspired it. We read before we go; and after we arrive, free and clear in far-flung terrain and edgy places, we invariably find echoes of the voices that led us there. The following list is devoted to books that offer the truest inspiration, the deepest reflection, the strongest provocation. These are books that seize imaginations and rattle sedentary lives.
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Longtime readers will note that this is our second venture in literary list-making. The first Outside Canon, which appeared in May , spanned many centuries, from Gilgamesh to Al Gore, and encompassed a host of genres, including fiction, sports, environmental manifestos, natural history, poetry, and how-to books. This time around, we were determined to drill to the core.
To compile the distilled contents of a tool kit for adventure literacy. The writing, we decided, must be urgent and contemporary in spirit, so we narrowed our sights to the past years or so. No fiction. No collections and no geopolitical reportage. Otherwise, how could we pass up Cahill and Kapuscinski?
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Nothing classic for the sake of self-importance we wanted two-fisted, readable works defined by an insatiable appetite for the world at its wildest. Books that do what the indomitable boxer Joe Frazier had in mind when he said, "I don't want to knock my opponent out. I want to hit him, step away, and watch him hurt. I want his heart. There are grander adventures than Raban's on this list, but few as eloquent. The charts and tree book seemed hopelessly thin and theoretical when set against the here-and-now of the Mississippi itself.
The river was simply too big, too promiscuous Cream soda. You know what else? And you know what else? Yeah, so we cheated. He felt himself near to death, yet the knowledge that after his death his body would help the others to survive instilled in him a kind of ecstasy. It was as if he were already at the portals of heaven.
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- Dunkle Spiegel: Wie weit würdest du gehen? (German Edition).
David-Neel sets down what happened in the order it happened, and her attention to detail is almost anal. She even has the requisite adventure sidekick, a young Sikkimese monk. Far, far below, amidst the white silent immensity, a small black spot, like a tiny Lilliputian insect, seemed to be crawling slowly up.
An inexpressible feeling of compassion moved me to the bottom of my heart. I would find the pass; it was my duty. You get into it by degrees and in the most natural way but, when you are right in the midst of it, you are suddenly astonished and ask yourself how in the world it all came about.
Heyerdahl, of course, set out on a balsa raft in to prove that the South Pacific could have been peopled by natives of Peru. Along with five equally loco Norwegians and a parrot, he survives on fish that literally hurl themselves on deck, meets up with a few sharks, and endures a beaching in Tahiti. Though the trip proved inconclusive to say the least , it created such a sensation that lecture halls around the world sold out for debates on Polynesian history. Talk about a road trip: Frazier begins this gem with an ode reminiscent of Whitman. In many ways, this is the original smoke-jumper story, reopening the file on one of the worst firefighting disasters in history, the Mann Gulch Fire of Arrogance reigns.
That and the fact that he had 4, miles of material to work with. We love this book because of its sheer boldness: At the head of the pack in the Golden Globe, the first round-the-world solo yacht race, the author passes up the chance to claim victory and just keeps going. Moitessier ultimately puts ashore in Tahiti, having slingshotted a farewell note aboard a passing ship and jettisoned his clothes and many cases of good red wine along the way.
At sea the Frenchman is a holy fool, disillusioned by society and reluctant to let go of the ineffable feeling of well-being he gains at sea. And that goes for the man who inspired him, Joshua Slocum, number seven on this list. Friends who fun tends to metastasize around.
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At 27, the young Australian arrived in Alice Springs with six dollars, trained two wild camels you try it , and set off for the Indian Ocean with the semiferal dromedaries, two tame ones, and her dog. If you walk down Fifth Avenue smelling of camel shit and talking to yourself you get avoided like the plague. Newby reminds us that even a valid passport is inessential to traveling. All you really need is to be game. I am wary of walrus. A friend of mine was once standing with an Eskimo friend at an ice edge when the man cautioned him to step back.
They retreated 15 to 20 feet. Less than a minute later, the walrus surfaced in an explosion of water where they had been standing. Lopez leaves us amazed by the natural world, respectful of our place in it, and elated at its dazzling variety. But his subtle sentences sneak up on you, and their economy allows him to surprise, leaving an indelible impression. He drives to a factory that smells of sea.
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All about him are scarlet crabs, crawling, then steaming. He hears the shells crack and the claws breaking, sees the sweet white flesh packed firm in metal cans. Does he remember that other smell, of burning? As mountaineering survival stories go, this is the destroyer of its class: an incredible climbing epic in the hands of a pitch-perfect writer.
On the descent from the 21,foot summit, the author, suffering from a broken leg and damaged ribs from a previous accident, falls into a crevasse. Present the ethics of this book to someone who's never climbed a mountain and you could still end up talking about it all night. The last great British explorer? I was hungry; I had only half my portion of the ash-encrusted bread the night before.
The brackish water which I had drunk at sunset had done little to lessen my nagging thirst. Yet the sky seemed bluer than it had been for days. The sand was a glowing carpet set about my feet. Yes, Marsh Arabs may be, as some critics claim, the better book, but Arabian Sands is electric.