A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a collection of loosely related essays that expand upon the idea of wandering, being lost and our human sense of the unknown. The essays are insightful, vivid and at times slow-moving. This is a mosaic of cultural history, autobiography, nature writing and artistic criticism that roves far and wide to get the answers.
A voyage of vivid discovery about distance and focused on distances real and figurative travelled in relationships, as well as located in places (forests, mountains, cities, deserts). It’s also about abandonment and people being pulled apart from each other, as this is reflected in books, art and music. This can lend it a melancholy feeling. At times this is a slow and ponderous read, but there are a lot of beautiful insights as well. If you like meandering and wandering non-fiction about philosophy, memory, relationships, and what it means to be human, I think you will get something out of this book. 3.5/5