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Map Addict [Kindle Edition]

Mike Parker

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Mike Parker is 'a marvellous guide: enthusiastic, generous and lucid', Jan Morris 'An historical aside from Mike Parker is worth a monograph from others', New Welsh Review

Pressestimmen

Mike Parker is 'a marvellous guide: enthusiastic, generous and lucid', Jan Morris 'An historical aside from Mike Parker is worth a monograph from others', New Welsh Review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3341 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Collins (17. September 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002SDGM40
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #445.704 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen An enjoyable journey 4. März 2011
Von A Borrowed Flame - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I was lent this book by colleague, and although I forget the discussion that prompted it, she could obviously tell that I had some aspect of map addict about me. While I don't collect maps, I did have a thing for buying random, cheap, guide-books from those book liquidation shops, and I can't pass a map without looking at it to see where everything is in relation to eachother. I too love that map on the back of airplane seats. This was a book for me.
It's a very witty book (Parker has dabbled in stand-up comedy), and rather self-depreciating. It's quite British, with a heavy focus on the Ordinance Survey maps and their history, which was never-the-less interesting to a non-Brit such as myself (although I did live in London for a couple of years so am perhaps somewhat familiar with British geography). Though he looks at European mapping and geography too.
He looks at the history of the Greenwich meridian, and the way in which map technology has almost always come from a military genesis. There's a chapters on the evolution of street names and their common erotic origins, the famous London tube map and the A-Z. He ends by looking at the pros and cons of digital map technology.
The book is highly autobiographical, as Parker traces his childhood (a slight quibble is the way in which he feels the need to keep reminding us that he was a naughty boy and used to steal maps) and life experiences with various maps and journeys, which keeps it all from being dry and academic, while at the same time feeling like he's taking us for a meander rather than a striclty plotted course.
That I finished this book much quicker than most is either testiment to the enjoyable nature of the book, or my own if somewhat contained) map addiction. I did come away wanting to get hold of several atlases which he waxes lyrical about.
If you like looking at maps, I highly reccomend this enjoyable read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A nice book, but narrowly British-oriented 26. April 2013
Von Bruce R. Gilson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I'm something of a map addict like the author, though my map collection is stashed away in a storage unit, so I appreciate this book. It is a good overview of why one might enjoy collecting maps and a description of much that can be appreciated in them. The only problem I have with the book is an extreme Anglocentrism; he ignores most of the rest of the world, and when he mentions any other country's maps, it's clear that he considers them highly inferior to his own country's. But as I said, I'm a bit of a map addict like him, so I have to say that this "kindred spirit" feeling overpowers that Anglocentric attitude I find a bit off-putting.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Romance of the British Ordnance Survey Map 7. Mai 2012
Von jacw2000 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Possibly the story of my life? Maybe not - I am fascinated by maps, Mike Parker is obsessed by them and is struggling to cut down.

In an earlier century this book might have had the subtitle "The Romance of the British Ordnance Survey Map, its Place in History, its Beauty and Accuracy, by an Admirer. With Digressions on the Wickedness of Foreign Maps, Satnavs, and other Work of the Devil"

Evangelists beware - the author is a gay comedian with an interest in paganism. If you read this book's 666 pages you may go straight to hell...

Jack Whittaker is a database administrator specialising in SQL Server technologies and author of the DBAtasks Blog - [...]
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