Geography comes in handy, certainly important, to survival. each person needs to comprehend the place to discover meals, water, and a spot of relaxation, and, within the smooth global, all needs to take the time to make the Earth—our home—habitable. yet a lot present-day geography lacks drama, with its maps and facts, descriptions and research, yet no acts of chivalry, no experience of quest. no longer some time past, despite the fact that, geography used to be romantic. Heroic explorers ventured to forbidding environments—oceans, mountains, forests, caves, deserts, polar ice caps—to try out their energy of persistence for purposes they could not totally articulate. Why climb Everest? "Because it truly is there."

            Yi-Fu Tuan has tested an international attractiveness for deepening the sphere of geography via interpreting its ethical, common, philosophical, and poetic potentials and implications. In his twenty-second ebook, Romantic Geography, he keeps to have interaction the wide-ranging principles that experience made him probably the most influential geographers of our time. during this stylish meditation, he considers the human tendency—stronger in a few cultures than in others—to veer clear of the center flooring of logic to embody the polarized values of sunshine and darkness, low and high, chaos and shape, brain and physique. In so doing, venturesome people can locate salvation in geographies that cater no longer rather a lot to survival wishes (or even to sturdy, cozy residing) as to the passionate and romantic aspirations in their nature. Romantic Geography is therefore a paean to the human spirit, that could elevate us to the heights but additionally plunge us into the abyss.

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