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Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World Paperback – May 23, 2017
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"This is a beautiful book, inspired by love of ‘away' and uncertainty about ‘home,' a celebration of freedom which valuably warns that freedom must sometimes be learned. Much more than 'travel writing,' it's a portrait of our world, made by someone who has been there." -- Salman Rushdie
"From Cape Town to Bucharest, and Hangzhou to Tripoli, Andrew Solomon’s Far and Away is positively Whitmanian in its openness to difficulty and its embodiment of wonder. I felt exposed and expanded. This book is an ecstatic provocation to understand ourselves not as citizens of nations but as citizens of the entire world, a world whose territories are glorious and troubled and desperately connected." -- Leslie Jamison
"Agile, informative, even revelatory pieces that, together, show us both the great variety of humanity and the interior of a gifted writer's heart.", Kirkus, starred review
“Journalist and psychologist Solomon gamely plunges into global tragedies, hot spots, and cultural ferment. . . . Solomon’s writing captures the sweep of history and social upheaval through vivid, fine-grained reportage that’s raptly attuned to individual experience.”, Publishers Weekly
“Andrew Solomon’s magisterial Far and Away collects a quarter-century of soul-shaking essays.”, Vanity Fair
“The meaty dispatches—from Russia, Afghanistan, Brazil, Myanmar, Antarctica, Libya, and other locales—are brilliant geopolitical travelogues that also comprise a very personal and reflective resume of the National Book Award winner’s globe-trotting adventures.”, Elle
“Far and Away is a reminder that, although foreign reporting isn’t easy, and that American journalists probably get places wrong as often as they get them right, deep work is worth doing and worth paying for, both to encourage cultural exchange and because a skilled writer who reports at length may create literature.”, Pacific Standard
“Far and Away is a big, sumptuous collection of those pieces of reportage and travel writing. . . . . Solomon is foremost a keenly sympathetic observer; in every one of these reprinted pieces, he's carefully watching the everyday people on whose homes and plights he's also reporting. . . . . But prevailing mood is a smart, detail-oriented exuberance; this is a shrewd and generous view of the world as few people get to see it.”, Steve Donoghue, Christian Science Monitor
“[A] deeply humane book [that] cuts against the grain, urging readers to exit their comfort zones and engage with new people and unfamiliar points of view. . . . Solomon's reporting from far-flung places is surprisingly powerful, a bighearted response to a divisive era.”, Kevin Canfield, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Paperback : 640 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476795053
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476795058
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Scribner; Reprint Edition (May 23, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #943,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I didn't find this book quite as gripping as the Noonday Demon or Far From The Tree. In those cases, Solomon found a winning theme and developed in an unusual cross-cultural and original framework. Here the interest lies rather in the breadth of his interests, and the effort put into keeping up with life in many troubled parts of the world. A tempered optimism emerges. So I would recommend this, but not as strongly as his other works.