Book Review: A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

Book Review: A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

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

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

  1. You’re on a roll with the reading. Lots of reviews coming through! Nice punchy review here too. I like short book reviews myself. I’m trying to get my own book write ups as short as possible because while it’s completely worthwhile for me personally — given that only a couple of people read them I’d probably prefer writing in note form without punctuation lol


    1. Thanks mate 🙂 I have to admit that I have had this one a long time and read it a while ago so it’s not me rocketing through this and then reviewing really quickly. I am glad you enjoyed it. Yeah I agree, short reviews are always easier to read. I have been enjoying your reviews too lately and look forward to more 🙂


      1. Yeah I read a few recently as well — if they build up it does seem like you’re flying through them I guess. Will put some book notes on the back of a paper napkin n post before too long, otherwise I’ll forget them and my tracking system will evaporate.


  2. ‘My’ cafe was already closed this morning, but one just down the block still open – and selling of their cakes for $2 (I got a Brownie). I started reading this there.


    1. So amazing you have this book Mike, look forward to hearing what you think of it 🙂 Sad about your cafe closing. I think Cindy’s decisive guidance has really done the right thing for all of us though, in my opinion anyway. I think it will be over and done with far quicker than in other places with bumbling, weak leadership.


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