This is a goddamned beautiful book. It has a gorgeous cover and is filled with lovingly drawn maps and it is just so lovely that it is very, very sad that the words do not come close to matching their presentation.
Forty short essays claim to visit “cursed” places, assorted locations around the world at which upsetting events have variously occurred, or are believed to have occurred, throughout history. The problem is, the writing style is abrupt and often obtuse, but somehow simultaneously fanciful, while the information provided is interesting but mostly incomplete, and the attempt to mark many of these locations as in any way “cursed” is somewhat questionable.
Such a shame, that something so pretty should be so, so disappointing. You really can’t judge a book by its cover, can you?
Nor by its super-pretty maps, it seems.
TBR DAY 109: Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations by Olivier Le Carrer
GENRE: Non-Fiction, Travel Narrative
TIME ON THE TBR: ~4 years.
PURCHASED FROM: Dymocks Booksellers.