Evan S. Connell explores the quixotic obsession with the new, the hidden, the unattainable that burns in an individual's soul. Each essay is an extraordinary account of passionate pursuit by legendary explorers, visionaries, and seekers compelled by a singular desire. Here we find Marco Polo, El Dorado, Paracelsus, Columbus, the thousands of children in the Innocents' Crusade, Magellan, Mary Kingsley (a Victorian naturalist, ethnologist, sailor, scholar, and guest of cannibals, and Ibn Batuta (an indefatigable explorer of the fourteenth century whose travels in the Arab world and beyond made 'the journey of Marco Polo look like a stroll around the block'). 'There's no end to the list, of course, ' Connell adds, 'because gradually it descends from such legendary individuals to ourselves when, as children, obsessed by that same urge, we got permission to sleep in the backyard.'When Captain Warren asked forthe logbook the sailor who had been carryingit handed over the binding and four pages. ... captaina#39;s wife and tenyearold son, and disclosethatthe Octavius left England bound east onthe Chinatrade onSeptember 10, 1761. ... After noting thatthe masterhas unsuccessfully attempted to kindle a fire, the entry concludes:aThe mastera#39;s sondied this ... On his return voyage, instead of charting a course around the Capeof Good Hope, the shipa#39;s captain must haveanbsp;...
|Title||:||El Dorado And Other Pursuits|
|Author||:||Evan S Connell|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2015-02-28|