Lands of Lost Borders

Lands of Lost Borders

Out of Bounds on the Silk Road

eBook - 2018
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"As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she most craved--that of a generalist explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and metaphysician, with a flair for basic science and endless slogging--had gone extinct. From what she could tell of the world from small-town Ontario, the likes of Marco Polo and Magellan had mapped the whole earth. So she looked beyond this planet, vowing to become a scientist and go to Mars. Well along this path, Harris set off by bicycle down a short section of the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel Yule. This trip was just a simulacrum of exploration, she thought, not the thing itself--a little adventure to pass the time until she could launch for outer space. But somewhere in between sneaking illegally across Tibet, studying the history of science and exploration at Oxford, and staring down a microscope for a doctorate at MIT, she realized that an explorer, in any day and age, is by definition the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. Forget charting maps, naming peaks, leaving footprints on another planet: what she yearned for was the feeling of soaring completely out of bounds. And where she'd felt that most intensely was on a bicycle, on a bygone trading route. So Harris quit the laboratory and hit the Silk Road again with Yule, this time determined to bike it from beginning to end. Like Rebecca Solnit and Pico Iyer, Kate Harris offers a travel account at once exuberant and meditative, wry and rapturous, and above all full of hope. Lands of Lost Borders explores the nature of limits and the wildness of the self that, like our planet, can never be fully mapped. Weaving adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders celebrates our connection as humans to the natural world, and ultimately to each other--a belonging that transcends any fences or stories that may divide us."--
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018.
ISBN: 9780345816795
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (300 pages) : illustrations, map.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 21, 2020

hmmm. seeing the other underwhelmed comments I protest. This is a magnificently well written tale of personal mixed with wonder and experience of things other than self. The bicycle is part of the tale, but merely the tool to move inside and outside of oneself. Very enjoyable, good humoured and informative, like a good book should be. As a long-time cyclotourist, the cycling things I noticed were, man were they loaded up! heavy bikes. The weather they rode in was disastrous and the daily distances minimal actually (1,000km/month), but the overall distance covered and the difficulty of the terrain/culture and road, especially loaded like that, magistral.

Jan 06, 2020

fun read

Jun 15, 2019

This is a marginal book probably best for people in their 20's looking for an armchair adventure. A better bike travelling book in the same region is A Bike Ride by Anne Mustoe. For other travelling books in the same area, try authors like Paul Theroux.

May 07, 2018

Good writing, great adventure, intelligent commentary.

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Feb 18, 2020

okalinocka thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 27 and 27


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