Atlas of Improbable Places

Atlas of Improbable Places

A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners

Book - 2016
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Journey from Flevopolder, a Scandinavian region reclaimed from the sea, to Aokigahara, the Demon Forest of Japan and the world's second most popular spot for committing suicide. Elborough and Horsfield take you on a voyage to the world's most incredible destinations, and explore the truths and myths behind their creation. They exist as symbols of worship, testaments to kingships, and reflections on man's own relationship with the world around us.
Publisher: London : Aurum Press Ltd, 2016.
ISBN: 9781781315323
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Horsfield, Alan - Author


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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.

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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