White Sands

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AUTHOR: Geoff Dyer
PUBLISHED: 30th June 2016
ISBN: 9781782117407

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SHORTLISTED FOR STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR

From one of Britain's most original writers, White Sands is a creative exploration of why we travel.

Episodic, wide-ranging, funny and smart, the linked journeys recall the themes of Dyer's Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It - albeit with the wisdom of (middle) age.

From a trip to the Lightning Field in New Mexico, to chasing Gauguin's ghost in French Polynesia, from falling for someone who may or may not be a tour guide in Beijing's Forbidden City, to tracking down the house of an intellectual hero in Los Angeles, Dyer pursues all permutations of the peak experience including the trough experience.

In his trademark style he blends travel writing, essay, criticism and fiction with a smart and cantankerous wit that is unmatched. This is a book for armchair travellers and procrastinating philosophers everywhere.
'Brilliant . . . Dyer's eyes miss nothing', PETER CONRAD, Observer
'Even Chekhov might have envied Geoff Dyer's talent . . . Almost perfect.', JAN MORRIS, Spectator
'[A] disregard for genre boundaries is a hallmark of his work, along with erudition, a brilliant use of language and irreverent humour . . . The nearest thing to <i>White Sands </i>in Dyer's back catalogue is <i>Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It</i>', Daily Telegraph
'Surpassingly eloquent . . . there's no other writer quite like Dyer', Time
'Illuminating . . . A collection unified by a focus on our impermanence. Why are we here? Dyer asks. With his customary elegance of thought, he sees that our attempts to transcend our situation through travel and art are motivated by our awareness of our final destination: "We are here to go somewhere else".', LUKE BROWN, Financial Times

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