Much of Geoff Dyer’s work might best be described as personal essay. He’s a forerunner and master of this exploding genre. In White Sands, Dyer is also art critic, travel writer, and philosopher. Visiting landscapes and exploring their intersection with human culture across time, we reside both claustrophobically inside the author’s rambling mind, and roam the South Pacific, Norway, the American desert, emphasizing the vastness of the world. Dyer verges on snarky, but before that grates, he tips into wry humor or surprising profundity, making for countless read-aloud, laugh-aloud moments in a gloriously uncategorizable and memorable collection.
SHORTLISTED FOR STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR
From a trip to The Lightning Field in New Mexico, to chasing Gauguin's ghost in French Polynesia, White Sands is a creative exploration of why we travel.
Episodic, wide-ranging and funny, Geoff Dyer blends travel writing, essay, criticism and fiction with a smart and cantankerous wit that is unmatched. From one of the most original writers in Britain, this is a book for armchair travellers and procrastinating philosophers everywhere.