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Alexandra Fuller…so personal it is not always easy to know where the man ends and the words begin. Place always bores itself into [Self's] flesh and soul. There is no separation, he is telling us, between what we do to our surroundings and what our surroundings (in turn) do to us. And in order to best understand the relationship between mind and place, Self seems almost pathologically determined to walk almost everywhere. Hundreds of miles of trekking clock up in the course of these essays. Without the distancing, hermetically sealed comfort of a vehicle, Self experiences the world with shocking physicality: sweat, heat, cold, insects…To add to the otherworldly brilliance of this densely written, vividly explored collection, each essay is accompanied by a witty, occasionally shocking and always visceral Ralph Steadman illustration.
—The New York Times