Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the


    Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the the impossibly thin air at Everest s summit the deadly black pressure of an underwater cave a desperate escape through a Norwegian winter these and thirty six other stories recount the minutes, hours, and days of lives pushed to the brink But there is to adventure than hair s breadth escapes By turns charming and tragic, whimsical and nerve racking, this extraordinary collection gets to the heart of why adventure stories enthrall us Includes works by Sebastian Junger, Jon Krakauer, Edward Abbey, Tim Cahill, Edward Hoagland, Ernest Shackleton, Freya Stark, and Wilfred Thesiger."/>
  • Paperback
  • 608 pages
  • Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century
  • David Roberts
  • English
  • 10 April 2019
  • 0393323781

10 thoughts on “Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century

  1. Nikki Nikki says:

    I love this collection of adventure stories They are snippets from some of the great adventure books of all time and I ve gone back and read the stories again and again.


  2. Kent Kent says:

    It s an ok collection But there were some terrible duds that made the manifest The bad ones are really bad The good, very, very good.


  3. Alec S. Alec S. says:

    Points Unknown David Roberts608 pagesNon Fiction In this book there are forty one different stories about great exploration in history I will only do a summery of one story Edward Abbey 1927 1989 Edward Abbey likes to explore alone, in places nobody has every been When he was exploring a side canyon off Havasu Canyon when he realized that he would not be able to make it back to camp in time unless he took a shortcut He saw a canyon leading down into Havasu canyon, but he didn t know if he Points Unknown David Roberts608 pagesNon Fiction In this book there are forty one different stories about great exploration in history I will only do a summery of one story Edward Abbey 1927 1989 Edward Abbey likes to explore alone, in places nobody has every been When he was exploring a side canyon off Havasu Canyon when he realized that he would not be able to make it back to camp in time unless he took a shortcut He saw a canyon leading down into Havasu canyon, but he didn t know if he could climb down it because he only had his walking stick and no rope Edward Abbey started down the canyon tired and hungry At first, everything went well Later, he came upon a large overhang with green muck below him He dropped into the thick, warm water He swam to the other side, and found another green pool below him, but no overhang He let go, sliding down the rock and landed in the muck After grueling hours of hunger and lack of sleep Edward Abbey finally found his camp I really liked this book because of its many stories Some stories were a lot better than others, but my favorite was the one about Edward Abbey because it showed lots of courage My favorite part about this story was the part about him trying to make his way down the canyon I liked this part because it was mysterious not knowing what was under the muck I also liked it because it was full of action and some of the other stories didn t have as much action as this one did I would suggest you reading this book if you are ok with some dry reading, but also a lot of action, adventure, and amazing exploration in history


  4. Christopher Sutch Christopher Sutch says:

    This does have some genuinely canonical examples of exploration literature, and those pieces are definitely worth reading though editor Roberts doesn t pay one tenth of the attention he should to the politics of many of his explorers, unless they are absolutely beyond the pale in their racism However, for a book called Points Unknown and supposedly dedicated to the literature of exploration, there are far too many pieces in here that are boring, redundant, or just plain not about exploratio This does have some genuinely canonical examples of exploration literature, and those pieces are definitely worth reading though editor Roberts doesn t pay one tenth of the attention he should to the politics of many of his explorers, unless they are absolutely beyond the pale in their racism However, for a book called Points Unknown and supposedly dedicated to the literature of exploration, there are far too many pieces in here that are boring, redundant, or just plain not about exploration in any way The most grievous example is the piece about hunting in Montana In what conceivable definition of exploration does hunting in 1980s Montana fit Further, the hunters int he piece DON T CATCH ANYTHING AT ALL They ride out to look for elkthey ride home to camp without seeing any elk They ride out the next day looking for elkthey ride back unsuccessfulagain and again and again If you re going to include hunting in a book like this, at least put in a piece in which the hunters actually bagged something Please Anything


  5. Alex Mcdouall Alex Mcdouall says:

    A fairly lengthy compilation of adventure stories, most from early in the 20th century, potentially because there weredangers at that time due to inadequate equipment Not that equipment of today is by any means sufficient to conquer nature at its finest.There were riveting parts of this book, and others were mundane and often redundant as a collection There was a great variety of activities the stories were based on, which is a great relief after starting off with three or fouror l A fairly lengthy compilation of adventure stories, most from early in the 20th century, potentially because there weredangers at that time due to inadequate equipment Not that equipment of today is by any means sufficient to conquer nature at its finest.There were riveting parts of this book, and others were mundane and often redundant as a collection There was a great variety of activities the stories were based on, which is a great relief after starting off with three or fouror less similar expeditions to Antarctica.The book does offer a valuable insight into the world of extreme condition exploration which most are completely foreign to


  6. Erik Erik says:

    A fascinating collection of journal entries from famous explorations of the 20th century I first saw this book at my inlaw s house, and read a number of chapters while there After returning home I borrowed a copy from the library to read it in its entirety.


  7. Chris Brook Chris Brook says:

    Awesome summary of adventure literature, some recent, some not so recent


  8. Jeanie Jeanie says:

    Well chosen excerpts of high adventure true stories Gave me lots of titles to pursue in this genre.


  9. Jo Jo says:

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com I registered a book at BookCrossing.com


  10. April April says:

    Some stories were good, most were only so so It was good to get a glimpse of some interesting stories, but I don t particularly care for the passages that were chosen.


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