|Pages/Publication Date:||352 / 2018|
Intrigued by the Desert Fathers who forged Christian monasticism in the Egyptian desert, William Atkins decided to travel in eight of the world's driest, hottest places: the Empty Quarter of Oman, the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of northwest China, the Great Victoria Desert of Australia, the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazkahstan, the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American Southwest, and of course, the sands of Egypt. Illustrated with photographs and period art, these narratives weave aspects of natural history, literature, and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the mysterious appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.
"Atkins' richly written account of his travels across deserts around the world brings Bruce Chatwin to mind, along with others who, like Atkins, have explored and have anaffinity for the solitude and vast expanse of the Earth's empty places.... Atkins' book of journeys will be a modern-day classic."—Booklist (starred review)