El Dorado & Other Pursuits

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Pimlico, 2002 - Explorers - 275 pages
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Evan S. Connell explores the quixotic obsession with the new, the hidden, the unattainable that burns in us all. 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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Contents

Various Tourists
1
The Aztec Treasure House
32
AristoklesAtlantis
45
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Evan S. Connell, long recognised as one of the most important American literary voices, is 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, most recently, his book about the crusades, Deus lo Volt! He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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