Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meet Me In Atlantis

Idgie Says:
Much like a Bill Bryson travelogue, Mark Adams speaks with sarcasm, humor and sometimes advanced high-brow language that you have to struggle to get a handle on. By that I only mean he has studied his subject intensely, while we are merely browsing through his novel so we may be very unfamiliar with details he just rolls off his tongue.

The entire pretense of this novel is that Plato was the one that first spoke about Atlantis and then went on to explain in detail where he thought it was, how the people lived and what happened to it. Unfortunately he used terminology that turned it into a riddle and people have been searching for it ever since.

Mark Adams spends the entire book hooking up with "experts" and life-long seekers who travel the globe and spend their life savings looking for Atlantis. With humor and in-depth descriptions of discoveries, combined with his knowledge of the story of Atlantis, he makes it a fascinating tale.

Aristotle spent 20 years studying at Plato's Academy, which was the first university in the world, and he firmly debunks the myth of Atlantis. So when the fable of Atlantis is being argued between Plato and Aristotle - who do you believe?

I love books such as this one - not only entertaining, but you become more educated on a subject without even trying!


Meet Me In Atlantis
My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
March 10th, 2015

Book Description:

“...there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune...the island of Atlantis ...disappeared in the depths of the sea.”—Plato, Timaeus

A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the Greek philsopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still actively searching for this sunken city around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind.

In Meet Me in Atlantis, the bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu racks up frequent-flier miles tracking down these Atlantis obsessives, trying to determine why they believe it's possible to find the world's most famous lost city—and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. The result is a classic quest that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep. often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world.