Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road

Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road

A travelogue and memoir of the author's journey by bicycle along the Silk Road. As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she craved?to be an explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and metaphysician?had gone extinct. From what she could tell of the world from small-town Ontario, the likes of Marco Polo and Magellan had mapped the whole earth; there was nothing left to A travelogue and memoir of the author's journey by bicycle along the Silk Road. As a teenager, Kate Harris rea...

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Title:Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road
Author:Kate Harris
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:0345816773
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road Reviews

  • Vida
    Sep 23, 2018
    What a disappointing book. Kate came across as incredibly privileged. I wouldn't have minded reading a book about a woman who biked across Asia and read about her journey from start to finish. I would have loved reading about a woman who travels off the beaten path and makes deep meani...
  • Kerri Anne
    Jan 29, 2019
    One-sentence review if you're not into novella reviews, which is more my steady jam: One of the best writers I've stumbled into in recent memory, but exceptionally difficult in places to read past the author's inherent white privilege. I have many thoughts about this strange beauty...
  • Jim
    Mar 16, 2019
    I've traveled a few times along the Silk Road. Ok, I did it from the comfort and safety of my favorite reading chair, but I've tagged along vicariously. This trip perhaps wasn't my favorite, although I did enjoy a lot of it, and I think Harris is a good writer. A little too much memoir...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 17, 2018
    The mystique of the Silk Road (a name given by Westerners to the trade routes across Central Asia) has long fascinated me for its rich history and the way the route crosses cultures, religions, and environments, so I had really hoped for more depth on those aspects of this area of the ...
  • Catherine
    Mar 04, 2019
    Kate Harris grew up dreaming about being an explorer like Marco Polo, but realized she'd been born too late to explore any land that hadn't previously been explored. Plan B was to become an astronaut, until she worked her way to MIT and realized that space exploration is mostly theoret...
  • Will Byrnes
    Mar 29, 2018
    The end of the road was always just out of sight. Cracked asphalt deepened into night beyond the reach of our headlamps, the thin beams swallowed by the blackness that receded before us no matter how fast we biked. Light was a kind of pavement thrown down in front of our wheels, and ...
  • Marzie
    Aug 23, 2018
    "Be present, utterly present. This world deserves your deepest attention... Wake up. Keep your eyes focused on what's bigger than than the sadness directly in front of you..." I'm a great believer in the idea that travel changes a person and I've always loved books (non-fiction or f...
  • Joan
    Feb 04, 2019
    Outstanding. A major transition book for me. From being a Peace Corps volunteer straight out of college, then living, working on five continents, travel books, from practical guides to great literature, were always with a trip or assignment in mind, immediate or on my wish list. Now re...
  • Wendy Cosin
    Aug 09, 2018
    Finished this book the same week that bicyclists were murdered in Tajikistan. I can only imagine how horrified and sad this must have made the author. I don't know why it took me so long to read Lands of Lost Borders. My unfamiliarity with the area made it more slow-going, as did th...
  • Teresa
    Sep 09, 2018
    When I rate books, I try to stick with a bell shaped curve so most of the books I enjoy I give a 3 star. I rarely give a 1 or 5 star and every month or so I give a 2 or 4. I generally try to only read books that have an average rating of 4 star or higher because it helps me weed ou...
  • Ron S
    Nov 02, 2017
    From small town Ontario, Kate Harris went on to study at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, and earned science degrees from UNC and MIT. The passion driving her was space exploration but once she ended up in a lab she took off to explore the Silk Road by bicycle and reinvented herself as a na...
  • Krista
    Jul 07, 2018
    Beyond avenging my childhood ideals of explorers, and figuring out how to be one myself, I wanted to bike the Silk Road as a practical extension of my thesis at Oxford: to study how borders make and break what is wild in the world, from mountain ranges to people's minds, and how scien...
  • Lisa
    Nov 21, 2017
    I won an advanced copy of Lands of Lost Borders from the publisher and it arrived just as I got sick with the first bad cold of the winter. I was so excited to delve right in to this delicious read and escape my misery! This book is part memoir, part adventure travel guide, part histor...
  • Angel
    Apr 26, 2018
    Quite possibly my favourite travel memoir I've ever read - it almost feels offensive to even classify this as travel lit, because there is so much more to that. Kate is an incredible writer and she seamlessly weaves excerpts from prolific explorers, scientists, and writers, bits of his...
  • Lorna
    Sep 29, 2018
    Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road is a delightful memoir by author Kate Harris. Inspired as a child when she found an illustrated and abridged book, belonging to her mother, and highlighting Marco Polo's travels on the Silk Road. Combine that with an adventurous spirit ...
  • Madeline
    Apr 29, 2018
    Reading can be such a wonderful conduit for 'travel'. Good literature transports its readers in time and space, widening perspectives and broadening horizons. Travel literature is the antithesis to 'travelling through reading'. People who write books (or even worse - blogs) on ...
  • Heather(Gibby)
    Jan 13, 2018
    I received an advance reader's copy fro a Goodreads giveaway. You can't hep but admire the determination of Ms. Harris and her companion Mel to complete the bicycle journey along the Silk Road. This journey took over a year in conditions varying from freezing to scorching temperatu...
  • Christine
    Nov 27, 2017
    This book was phenomenal. Filled with imagery that transports you across continents and historical knowledge that flings you through time, Harris' delightful ? if saddle sore ? journey through Asia's ancient Silk Road will make you swear to take your own trip. And swear off it on t...
  • Ann
    Nov 21, 2017
    Such an interesting, funny, informative book. I really enjoyed reading about the authors many journeys; such an exciting life! ...
  • Brooke
    Jul 08, 2018
    3.5 Stars. The journey that Kate Harris and her friend Melissa embarked on is nothing short of awe-inspiring. I can't even imagine biking that distance, through unknown countries with unknown languages. I applaud them for their determination, bravery, and desire to explore. Kate gre...
  • Wendy
    Dec 07, 2017
    In ?Lands of Lost Borders?which I won through Goodreads Giveaways Kate Harris combines travel, history and literature in her remembrance of a cycling adventure that took her along the fabled Silk Road. It begins with a young girl in an Ontario town who dreamt of exploration and dec...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Dec 26, 2017
    Kate Harris can flat-out write. This is an exceptionally beautifully-written book about discovery, both of oneself and of the world, and it is totally unforgettable. In some ways, it reminded me of a sort of an anti-WILD, where the journey is less a cure but more an acknowledgment of t...
  • Laurie
    Nov 20, 2018
    Disclaimer: I did not receive a free copy of Land of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road; I paid full price for it at the bookstore and I am so glad that I did. Kate Harris really is a wonderful writer and even more than that she is a wonderful thinker. Her ability to make connect...
  • AnnLouise
    Nov 21, 2017
    Loved this book and would highly recommend; adventure, comedy and educational all wrapped up in one delightful read. ...
  • Rick Meier
    Nov 03, 2017
    ?Kate Harris packs more exuberant spirit, intrepid charm, wit, poetry and beauty into her every paragraph than most of us can manage in a lifetime. Whether writing of Pony Club or remotest Tibet, her longing for Mars or her days at Oxford, she braids heart, mind and spirit with a wid...
  • Lucy
    Dec 03, 2017
    After reading the 4-page prologue I wanted to cancel all of my plans and just keep on reading. After reading 10 more pages I wanted Kate Harris to be my new best friend. Kate and her friend Mel (Melissa) spent almost a year cycling along Marco Polo?s Silk Road from Istanbul to the Hi...
  • Lynn Luu
    Nov 29, 2017
    I won this book in a giveaway. It's not the genre of book that I normally read (I like thrillers, mysteries and fantasy) but I was pleasantly surprised. It almost reads like fiction. Traveling the silk road, from Turkey to India, on a bike! That's just crazy! I love the stories of the ...
  • Stacey
    Jul 21, 2018
    Thank you to Kate Harris and the publisher for sending me a copy of Lands of Lost Borders:Out of Bounds on the Silk Road. I haven't finish it, but she is such a good writer I had to leave a preemptive 5 star review. ...
  • Kathryn
    Nov 06, 2017
    A gorgeous meditation on borders, travel, belonging, and wildness. Blending history and literature with adventure and reflection, Lands of Lost Borders is at once pensive and poetic, goofy and charming. ...
  • Wayne Merry
    Feb 04, 2018
    It would be hard to improve on the praise heaped on this book by such luminaries as Pico Iyer, Barry Lopez and Dave Roberts. Kate Harris takes you on an adventure which encompasses the excitement and hardships of biking over 17,000' passes, brutal weather, sneaking through Chinese bord...