Atlas of Improbable Places

Atlas of Improbable Places

A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners

Book - 2016
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A journey into the world's lost cities, remote corners and extraordinary environments. Accompanied by stunning, unique illustrations, this is the world and its obscurities, displayed like never before. From deserted cities and strange settlements to remote islands and underground labyrinths, An Atlas of Improbable Places uncovers our planet's most unique, intriguing and often unknown places. Travis Elborough explores such unusual and perplexing locations as San Juan in Parangaricuto, a town entirely submerged by lava and Leap Castle in Ireland - allegedly the world's most haunted house. Spanning centuries and reaching all around the globe, each entry will provide key information, wittily observed, and be accompanied by beautiful illustrations that evoke both the habitat and our relationship to it.
Publisher: London : Aurum Press Ltd, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781781315323
Branch Call Number: 910 ELB 2016
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations (some colour), colour maps ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Horsfield, Alan


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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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