El Dorado and Other Pursuits
By (author) Evan S. Connell
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Dorado and Other Pursuits by Evan S. Connell
Book DescriptionEvan 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.'
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712668170
(234mm x 153mm x 22mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Evan S. Connell
Mr Bridge, Paperback (January 2013)
Walter Bridge, husband to India and father to three, is a successful lawyer in a Kansas suburb. The daily dramas of his life only serve to illuminate his prejudice, self-doubts and dreary existence - his Christmas gifts to the family are stock certificates, which he immediately takes back to manage on their behalf.
Mrs Bridge, Paperback (June 2012)
Mrs Bridge, an unremarkable and conservative housewife in Kansas City, has three children and a kindly lawyer husband. She spends her time with shopping, going to bridge parties and bringing up her children to be pleasant, clean and have nice manners.
White Lantern and Other Pursuits, Paperback (November 2011)
Tells tales of real-life adventure ranging from the archaeology of Olduvai gorge to the exploration of the Antarctic, and from Viking voyages to an Ice Age xylophone.
Aztec Treasure House, Paperback (September 2002)» View all books by Evan S. Connell
This text features essays on the advances made in anthropology, archaeology, astronomy and linguistics, stories of the Anasazi, the "old ones" of the southwestern desert and tales of the great explorers, eccentrics, dreamers, scientists, cranks and geniuses.
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Author Biography - Evan S. Connell
Evan S. Connell, recognised as one of the most important voices in American literature, was the author of seventeen books, including Mrs Bridge, Mr Bridge and the bestselling Son of the Morning Star, his account of Custer's final battle at the Little Big Horn, and his book about the crusades, Deus lo Volt! In 2009 he was nominated for the Man Booker international prize. He lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico and died in 2010, aged 88.
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