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Summary Far Away Places on the Brink of Change Seven Continents Twenty Five Years

In 1991 Andrew Solomon built barricades and faced down tanks in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev’s resignation In 2002 he was in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban; in 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex political prisoners as the country slowly fitfully pushed towards freedom We find him in Greenland in 20 What this guy doesn t know isn t worth knowing He goes everywhere talks to everyone and reports back So this is a collection of his travel articles covering seven continents in twenty five years There s no general theme that I can tell The articles are as varied as his description of being left adrift at the Great Barrier Reef to spending time in Moscow with artists at the first Sotheby s auction there He talks about a trip to Antartica and a ceremony in Senegal where he was covered in ram s blood as a part of a cure for depression It s an amazing journey and he s an interesting character

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Far Away Places on the Brink of Change Seven Continents Twenty Five Years

T of remarkable perception and prescience Solomon captures the essence of these cultures across seven continents and twenty five years and tracks seismic shifts – cultural political and spiritual He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences yet shows us the common humanity uniting peoples and places all over the worl Excellent memoir based on journalism done in the 1990s and 2000s updated One of my favorite authors He blends his journeys through a variety of countries with observations of changes over time

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01 researching widespread suffering from depression and on the uest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998 Far and Away tells these and many other stories of profound upheaval With his signature brilliance and compassion Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals and how personal identities are altered when governments alterA journalist and essayis Far and Away is a nice mixture of things it starts out with pieces about artists in Russia and China for example but there are also some pieces written for travel magazines which are about the travel and the places itself It deals with the astoundingly beautiful and the shockingly awful and Solomon can pull this off because his writing is just so good and captivating He doesn t romanticise or generalise and tries to approach everyone with interest and empathy which is always a good starting point in my bookThe only thing this book misses is also what makes it so varied it s not very cohesive He talks about snorkeling in a divine location in one piece and meeting victims of rape during war in the other I really like the diversity of the topics but these large shifts in tone topic and gravity could also make it a bit less appealing but I guess that s up to the individual reader It also helps if you just lay aside the book sometimes if you re not in the mood for either levity or gravity in a specific moment that s what I did


10 thoughts on “Far Away Places on the Brink of Change Seven Continents Twenty Five Years

  1. says:

    No one had forewarned me however that if you live abroad any good while the notion of home is permanently compromised You will always be missing another place and no national logic will ever again seem fully obvious to you 'Far Away' is a beautiful collection of travel essays Most of the pieces in this collection

  2. says:

    Andrew Solomon's previous two books Noonday Demon on depression and Far From the Tree on having children very d

  3. says:

    What this guy doesn't know isn't worth knowing He goes everywhere talks to everyone and reports back So this is a collection of his travel articles covering seven continents in twenty five years There's no general theme that I can tell The articles are as varied as his description of being left adrift at the Great Barrier Reef to spending time in Moscow with artists at the first Sotheby's auction there He talks about a t

  4. says:

    Far and Away is a nice mixture of things it starts out with pieces about artists in Russia and China for example but there are also some pieces written for travel magazines which are about the travel and the places itself It deals with the a

  5. says:

    “Far and Away” is a collection of Andrew Solomon’s remarkable articles about his worldwide travels over the past 25 years Although the articles report on these travel experiences this is certainly not a light weight or trivial travelogue Rather Solomon writes in a very intimate and perceptive manner about individual people their economic and political situations art culture and social change Other reporters may provide an overview o

  6. says:

    I have been following Solomon's writing for years and find it increasingly compelling Curiously many of the texts selected for this volume were written over two decades ago yet his voice speaks to me as if he were across the table having coffee That's how relevant and prescient his observations wereare Even so it felt str

  7. says:

    Excellent memoir based on journalism done in the 1990s and 2000s updated One of my favorite authors He blends his journeys through a variety of countries with observations of changes over time

  8. says:

    Warning this isn't a book review as much as my story about this book Some years ago at least 15 my depressed then husband handed me Solomon's The Noonday Demon in order to for me to understand what he was going through he has since been diagnosed with something else but that's irrelevant here What happened I read The Noonday Demon with great interest from cover to cover yes I've had the blues myself at times too When w

  9. says:

    Well it was not exactly what I expected and sometimes the reading was uite tedious and weird but I liked uite a lot in thi

  10. says:

    Stories about the places the author went some are interesting some are kind of boring; some have deep thoughts some just shallow fun Here are a few uotes and notes I marked down when reading the bookThree days in August; Page 61 The artists found out long ago that the way to combat a government that presents lies as if they were the truth is to tell the truth as if it were jokeAn awakening after the Taliban