The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Part travel memoir, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader across the globe to investigate not what happiness is. Просмотр темы1. DOWNLOAD The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World By Eric Weiner [PDF EBOOK EPUB site].

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But the question remains: What makes people happy?

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Is it the freedom of the West or the myriad restrictions of Singapore? The simple ashrams of India or the glittering shopping malls of Qatar?

From the youthful drunkenness of Iceland to the despond of Slough, a sad but resilient town in Heathrow's flight path, Weiner offers wry yet profound observations about the way people relate to circumstance and fate. Both revealing and inspirational, perhaps the best thing about this hilarious trip across four continents is that for the reader, the "geography of bliss" is wherever they happen to find themselves while reading it.. So, after finishing reading this book, i recommend to readers to not underestimate this great book.

In the unbearable fortitude with which Scott and his companions met their subsequent fate there may be detected a foretaste of the greater tragedy that was about to unfold as the gentlemanly ideals of a vanishing age were laid to rest in the fields of Normandy and Flanders.

After both World Wars exploring activity did revive, although whether crossing that small corner of Arabia known as the Empty Quarter or conquering the conspicuous heights of Everest really counted is debatable.

They were certainly worthy challenges, but exploration in the nineteenth-century sense reserved to itself an air of mystery which these new goals could scarcely boast. No one suspected more than sand in the Empty Quarter or snow and ice on Everest.

Shackleton had been thwarted in his bid for the South Pole by the discovery that it lay across a plateau 10, feet above sea-level and so nearly as elevated as Tibet. He was defeated by the effects of altitude as much as latitude; it was a surprise to everyone.

So was the discovery of an elevated "lake region" in the highlands of East Africa by Burton, Speke, Livingstone and Baker. This idea proved so exciting that soon lake regions were being predicted all over the place.

Wood thought his Sir-i-kol source of the Oxus might be part of another and Hedin insisted on a Tibetan lake region beside his Transhimalaya range.

An inland sea, if not a lake region, was also confidently predicted for the heart of Australia until Sturt, Burke and Stuart proved otherwise.

But Everest held no such surprises; even its height was known to within a few feet.


And no one suspected lakes or even forbidden cities in the howling wilderness of the Empty Quarter. There were no major discoveries left for the post-war explorer and there were, and still are, serious doubts about what exploration is now all about. In Commander Robert Peary's claim to have been first to reach the North Pole occasioned bitter controversy.

Some preferred the claim of a fellow American, Dr. Frederick Cook, to have got there first; others disputed whether Peary, who had insisted on making his polar dash alone but for his black servant and some mystified Eskimos, could possibly have reached the Pole in the time he indicated. Subsequently Cook was largely discredited and Peary, when his pre-arrangements were fully appreciated, vindicated.

Peary's dash was preceded by the establishment of a chain of elaborately equipped igloos reaching almost to his goal; like the post travellers of old, he could travel light being assured of food and shelter at each halt. Whether it was or was not exploration, it was certainly not cricket. Exploration assumed a high degree of hardship, risk and uncertainty as well as of mystery.

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No notes for slide. Eric Weiner Pages: Twelve Language: Englisch ISBN Book Appearances 5.Submit Search. In Weiner's quest to find the world's happiest places, he eats rotten Icelandic shark, meditates in Bangalore, visits strip clubs in Bangkok and drinks himself into a stupor in Reykjavik.

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Be the first to like this. He travels extensively. It began with the end of the Napoleonic Wars; demobilization released a host of young officers like Clapperton and Cochrane who, despairing of advancement and adventure in the services, looked elsewhere for a challenge; simultaneously the Admiralty, as it cast about for a peacetime role, hit on ideas like testing its ships and men in a renewed search for the North West Passage.

Search this site. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World book tell us the storyline about : Weiner spent a decade as a foreign correspondent reporting from such discontented locales as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Indonesia.