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"A gorgeously written, barking-mad catalog raisonne of, well, all kinds of stuff that we've lost" -- The Tatler
They vanish. People. Civilizations. Languages. Philosophies. Works of art disappear, species are extinguished, books are lost, cities drown, things once thought immortal suddenly aren't there at all. Whole libraries of knowledge, whole galleries of secrets. Gone. Our culture, our knowledge, and all our lives are shadows cast by what went before. We are defined, not by what we have, but by what we have lost along the way. And so, Lost Worlds: a glossary of the missing, a cabinet of absent curiosities. No mere miscellany, it weaves a web of everything we no longer have. Lost Worlds: the book that falls open at every page.See all Editorial Reviews
I set this one aside after 50 pages, when it became clear that it wasn't going to get any less tedious. Read morePublished on November 13, 2008 by UCLA Ex-Prof
Failed the first chapter test...irritating chattering classes book that no doubt enables amusing dinner party conversations...clearly I am too common to appreciate its wit... Read morePublished on January 26, 2008 by John
This book is billed as a catalouge of things "lost" to the modern world..The now extinct dodo bird on the cover(gone since the end of the 19th century)is supposed to set the tone... Read morePublished on October 24, 2007 by Charles H. Levenson