Like Magellan’s crew returning after years at sea, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.
As for my trek through Dante’s Divine Comedy, I’m doing OK. I’ll be on track to finish on Easter.
This week I’m also trekking through Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris.
The Goodreads Blurb:
A travelogue and memoir of the author’s journey by bicycle along the Silk Road, and an exploration of the history and future of exploration itself.
As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she craved—to be an explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and metaphysician—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; there was nothing left to be discovered. Looking beyond this planet, she decided to become a scientist and go to Mars.
In between studying at Oxford and MIT, Harris set off by bicycle down the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel. Pedaling mile upon mile in some of the remotest places on earth, she realized that an explorer, in any day and age, is the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. Forget charting maps, naming peaks: what she yearned for was the feeling of soaring completely out of bounds. The farther she traveled, the closer she came to a world as wild as she felt within.
Lands of Lost Borders is the chronicle of Harris’s odyssey and an exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourselves; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity; and a meditation on the existential need to explore—the essential longing to discover what in the universe we are doing here.
The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 68-69:
Staring at the canyon through a window in the mosque of Minuchihir, I was torn between wanting to applaud this oasis of wildness and despairing of the strife that created it.
Review: The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife
I picked this book up from the library after being drawn in by the title on the spine. Part memoir, part folklore and mythology, and part history, this book is a delightful read. I now have a new goal: see the Tower Ravens, and maybe – just maybe – get a feather.
What are you reading today?
‘Lands of Lost Borders’ is a perfect book for real or armchair travelers. The ‘heroine’, traveler, cyclist extraordinaire is not only a brave explorer, she’s engaging writer. Loved this book.
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I’m 75 pages in and loving it!