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Sacred grounds and even simple landscapes can put us in direct touch with the spirit. From the prehistoric megaliths of Carnac in Brittany to the Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, Iran, to the giant medicine wheel at Bighorn, Wyoming, "100 Journeys for the Spirit" reveals the mysticism enveloped in...
Sacred grounds and even simple landscapes can put us in direct touch with the spirit. From the prehistoric megaliths of Carnac in Brittany to the Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, Iran, to the giant medicine wheel at Bighorn, Wyoming, "100 Journeys for the Spirit" reveals the mysticism enveloped in these tranquil settings. Accompanying the superb photographs are descriptions of each place, including 25 personal responses from esteemed writers and poets. Plus, a gazetteer provides key facts for those wishing to visit the locations themselves.
Library Journal (11/15/2010):
This is another title in the realm of spiritual travel publications, following, e.g., National Geographic's "Sacred Places of a Lifetime" and Anthony Taylor's "The Sacred Sites Bible". The 100 entries in this book consist of two-page narratives with color photographs and include a mix of well-known and lesser-known locations from around the world, such as the Hagia Sophia in Turkey and Croagh Patrick in Ireland. Disappointingly, only 25 of the entries are written by notable writers Pico Iyer, Joseph Marshall III, Jan Morris, Andrew Motion, Alexander McCall Smith, Mark Tully, Michael Ondaatje, and Paul Theroux. The other entries have no byline and, by comparison to the rich writing of the established authors, may be less interesting to readers. At the back of the book is a brief gazetteer with weather data and nearby airports, but it is not useful for serious travel planning. VERDICT Overall, an average but interesting to browse coffee-table book, suitable for travelers and armchair travel enthusiasts.?Louise Feldmann, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal 11/15/2010 pg. 82 (EAN 9781907486326, Hardcover)
Contributor Bio: Iyer, Pico
Pico Iyer is the author of several books about cultures converging, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Global Soul, and Abandon. His articles appear often in magazines such as Harper's, Time, and the New York Review of Books. He lives in suburban Japan.
Contributor Bio: Ondaatje, Michael
Michael Ondaatje was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1943. He moved first to England and then, in 1962, to Canada, where he has taught at the University of Western Ontario, London, and Glendon College, Toronto. A poet and novelist, he has had a continuing interest in theatre, film and publishing. His novel "The English Patient" (1992) won the Trillium Award, the Governor General's Award, and the Booker Prize, and it was made into a successful film. "The Passions of
Contributor Bio: McCall Smith, Alexander
Alexander McCall Smith is the internationally bestselling author of numerous novels, including the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. Formerly a professor of medical law, he now devotes himself to writing. He lives in Scotland.
Contributor Bio: Marshall, Joseph M, III
Joseph Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe. Because he was raised in a traditional Lakota household by his maternal grandparents, his first language is Lakota. In that environment he also learned the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. Marshall is an author with nine nonfiction works, three novels, a collection of short stories and essays, and several screenplays to his credit. He is also a speaker and lecturer, having appeared throughout the United States and in countries such as France, Sweden, and Siberia. Marshall has also appeared in television documentaries, served as technical advisor for movies, and served as the narrator for the six-part mini-series Into the West, as well as playing the on-screen role of "Loved by the Buffalo," a Lakota medicine man. Website: http: //www.josephmarshall.com
Contributor Bio: Motion, Andrew
Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009; he is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, and has published four celebrated biographies. His group study "The Lamberts" won the Somerset Maugham Award and his authorised life of Philip Larkin won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Andrew Motion's novella "The Invention of Dr Cake" (2003) was described as 'amazingly clever' by the "Irish Times" and praised for 'brilliant and almost hallucinatory vividness' by the "Sunday Telegraph". His memoir, "In the Blood" (2006), was described as 'the most moving and exquisitely written account of childhood loss I have ever read' in the "Independent on Sunday." His most recent collection of poems, "The Cinder Path" (2009), was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009.
Contributor Bio: Morris, Jan
Jan Morris, who has been writing about the world for fifty years, is the author of Coronation Everest, Venice, and Manhattan 45, among many other books. She lives in Wales.
Contributor Bio: Theroux, Paul
PAUL THEROUX's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
Contributor Bio: Smith, Alexander McCall
Authors of the stories come from all over Scotland and represent a wide mix of gender, age and cultures. Celebrity contributors include Alexander McCall Smith, writer of the Number One Ladies Detective Agency series; award winning film and stage actor Brain Cox, Michael Rosen, who was Children's Poet Laureate from 2007 to 2009, and writer Janice Galloway, whose latest book was This is Not About Me.