!!> Reading ➹ Chasing the Sea ➱ Author Tom Bissell – Instaposter.us

Chasing the Sea In 1996, Tom Bissell Went To Uzbekistan As A Naive Peace Corps Volunteer Though He Lasted Only A Few Months Before Illness And Personal Crisis Forced Him Home, Bissell Found Himself Entranced By This Remote Land Five Years Later He Returned To Explore The Shrinking Aral Sea, Destroyed By Soviet Irrigation Policies Joining Up With An Exuberant Translator Named Rustam, Bissell Slips Than Once Through The Clutches Of The Uzbek Police As He Makes His Often Wild Way To The Devastated Sea.In Chasing The Sea,Bissell Combines The Story Of His Travels With A Beguiling Chronicle Of Uzbekistan S Striking Culture And Long History Of Violent Subjugation By Despots From Jenghiz Khan To Joseph Stalin Alternately Amusing And Sobering, This Is A Gripping Portrait Of A Fascinating Place, And The Debut Of A Singularly Gifted Young Writer.

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!!> Reading ➹ Chasing the Sea  ➱ Author Tom Bissell – Instaposter.us
  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Chasing the Sea
  • Tom Bissell
  • English
  • 03 June 2017
  • 037572754X

10 thoughts on “Chasing the Sea

  1. says:

    Now thatandwriters in my age bracket are getting published, I ve noticed something unsettling reading their books is a bit like listening to my own voice on tape and has the same cringe inducing effect I realize every generation has its own jargon, its in jokes and iPod playlists, but experiencing it from the inside is different And demoralizing It makes you appreciate how hard it is to rise above the idle chatter and say something halfway original At any rate, Chasing the Sea s Now thatandwriters in my age bracket are getting published, I ve noticed something unsettling reading their books is a bit like listening to my own voice on tape and has the same cringe inducing effect I realize every generation has its own jargon, its in jokes and iPod playlists, but experiencing it from the inside is different And demoralizing It makes you appreciate how hard it is to rise above the idle chatter and say something halfway original At any rate, Chasing the Sea struck me as just the sort of book I might have written if I d spent a few months bumming around Uzbekistan and if I were, you know, a little brighter andenterprising As a person, Tom Bissell is probably nothing like me, but various little signs and shibboleths give away his age He s definitely one of us Take his sense of humour I m not sure how to categorize it e...

  2. says:

    I lived in Central Asia for over a year as a Peace Corps volunteer and I feel a kinship with this author I, like him, didn t know anything about the history of the region before I served there, and didn t make much of an effort to dig deep either It is only now, ten years later, that I have made an effort, as did the author for his second trip His research is enlightening, but reading this book did not change my perspective about my experience there Instead, it felt as if all of my intuition I lived in Central Asia for over a year as a Peace Corps volunteer and I feel...

  3. says:

    A few years ago I read Tom Bissell s book of short stories God Lives in St Petersburg and greatly enjoyed its ultra dark comedy, but it didn t prepare me for Chasing the Sea, Bissell s account of his 2001 journey through Uzbekistan in the company of Rustam, his handsome, hip and silently desperate translator Bissell s ostensible reason for his visit was to document the apocalyptic deterioration of the Aral Sea, but in fact it seems to be a private pilgrimage, an exorcism of past failure h A few years ago I read Tom Bissell s book of short stories God Lives in St Petersburg and greatly enjoyed its ultra dark comedy, but it didn t prepare me for Chasing the Sea, Bissell s account of his 2001 journey through Uzbekistan in the company of Rustam, his handsome, hip and silently desperate translat...

  4. says:

    One of those books that I found myself reading to the exclusion of my usual habits I did not want to put the book down, and I did not want it to end That this is Bissell s first book is astonishing, and it speaks to just how deeply ingrained his experiences were It felt to me as if I was traveling with him, feeling the heat, struggling to understand the culture, excited by the quest, daunted by the distance to be covered Butthan that, I also felt the history unfold...

  5. says:

    Sometimes I like to imagine this Freaky Friday moment where I become Tom Bissell and he becomes me It s not that I want to have written this book so much I want to have lived it Reading his writing any of it, honestly is like being cracked over the head with the idea th...

  6. says:

    I have been a fan of Tom Bissell s writing ever since I came across it in Harper s Magazine I specifically remember reading a short story set in Central Asia that eventually would be included in his entertaining short story collection God Lives in St Petersberg and Other Stories There were other nonfiction pieces as well, starting with the magazine version of what would become a book about his father, who fought in the Vietnam war, and later their trip back to Vietnam The Father of All Thing I have been a fan of Tom Bissell s writing ever since I came across it in Harper s Magazine I specifically remem...

  7. says:

    I learned muchabout Uzbekistan than I had planned, but not as much as I d hoped about the Aral Sea Perhaps the reality is that there is not much left to say about this particular environmental catastrophe.Many reviews are lavishing florid praise on Bissell, but I felt his prose blossoms to be over perfumed That s a nice elaborate metaphor, right Well with Bissell you get about two of those per sentence This book is an overstuffed bouquet, a pungent vase that I can t find a good place t I learned muchabout Uzbekistan than I had planned, but not as much as I d hoped about the Aral Sea Perhaps the reality is that there is not much left to say about this particular environmental catastrophe.Many reviews are lavishing florid praise on Bissell, but I felt his prose blossoms to be over perfumed That s a nice elaborate metaphor, right Well with Bissell you get about two of those per sentence This book is an overstuffed bouquet, a pungent vase that I can t find a good place to set down, and doesn t match anything in my house I.e., it is a little overwritten.Ultimately, I couldn t handle Bissell s flights of fancy, which float across continents, and honk maddeningly in my ear, like flocks of migrating geese Bissell can t walk past an arms width alley without lapsing into a laborious aside Something awful had hap...

  8. says:

    I remember being really impressed with his article about the Aral in Harper s many years back but anyone hoping for a deeper look at that particular crisis will be disappointed He barely reaches the Aral and isinterested in telling the rest of the Central Asian story Which is ok I applaud him for writi...

  9. says:

    The Stans were nothing but a blank space on my mind map of the world before reading this book Bissell infuses warm and witty, honest travel experiences with stories of the brutal forces that have torn through Uzbekistan over the centuries, the most recent being the cotton industry that continues to destroy the Aral Sea and the people who used to live by its fishing industry I couldn t help feeling at the end that the Aral Sea, the salty former seabed of which Bissell describes as appearing The Stans were nothing but a blank space on my mind map of the world before reading this book Bissell infuses warm and witty, honest travel experiences with stories of the brutal forces that have torn through Uzbekistan over the centuries, the most recent being the cotton industry that continues to destroy the Aral S...

  10. says:

    You can go home again.but maybe you shouldn tAmbivalence is a part of modern life We can t escape it in the complex modern world Those who want to live without ambivalence may wind up in some kind of fundamentalist movement that promotes the only truth Me, I m ambivalent about a lot of things However, sometimes you run across a Mt Everest of ambivalence, the epitome of having conflicting feelings about something, the man who celebrates Yom Kippur every single day..God forgive my sin You can go home again.but maybe you shouldn tAmbivalence is a part of modern life We can t escape it in the complex modern world Those who want to live without ambivalence may wind up in some kind of fundamentalist movement that promotes the only truth Me, I m ambivalent about a lot of things However, sometimes you run across a Mt Everest of ambivalence, the epitome of having conflicting feelings about something, the man who celebrates Yom Kippur every single day..God forgive my sins, I am a rotten person God, save me becaus...

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