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Far Out isn't Far Enough: Life in the Back of Beyond

Far Out isn't Far Enough: Life in the Back of Beyond

Tiring of their hectic, over-processed, New York lifestyle, acclaimed author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer and his wife Yvonne hit the road and escaped the city, searching for a better, simpler life on an isolated peninsula in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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ISBN 9780714860770
Barcode 9780714860770
Published 16 April 2011 by Phaidon Press Ltd
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ungerer, Tomi
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ISBN-13 9780714860770
ISBN-10 0714860778
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd
Imprint Phaidon Press Ltd
Publication Date 16 April 2011
International Publication Date 22 February 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ungerer, Tomi
Category Humour
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 168
Dimensions Width: 180mm
Height: 250mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 680g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Graphic artists - Homes and haunts - Nova Scotia, Farm life - Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia - Social life and customs
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 917.16044
Catalogue Code 154470

Description of this Book

In his inimitable witty style Ungerer records in a 12-month diary the couple's unexpected successes, dramatic calamities and touching personal moments as they fix up their house, rear livestock and get to know their unusual neighbours. More than 150 beautiful and evocative drawings accompany Ungerer's detailed descriptions, creating a vivid impression of the harsh landscape, the townsfolk and the wildlife. Ungerer's attempt to escape the rat race is a true inspiration to all those who dream of becoming self-sufficient, and will delight those who love the great outdoors just as much as the armchair adventurer.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'a vivid and unflinching impression of rural existence and a testament to a brave attempt at self-sufficiency.' The Independent, 8 May 2011 'Ungerer depicts and beautifully illustrates this wild, untamed corner of Canada as mad and savage. - a narrative so full of riches and quirkiness I was instantly hooked. The tenderness with which he writes about the characters that circled their life, the quality of his anecdotal wit and observations, his love of the absurd, the range of the couple's triumphs and trials and the vivid, poetic descriptions of the Nova Scotian landscape serve to make this an instant classic.' Jon Fordham, Sublime, June 2011 'The enterprising way in which [Ungerer] writes about the people and places, animals and adventures, issues and incidents gives insights into ways of life not dissimilar from those of the Scottish islands. The book appeared first in 1983, but almost 30 years on it has a freshness, capturing essentials about a way of life that has largely disappeared.' Scottish Islands Explorer, July 2011 'It's the good life, all right - but thankfully all mention of sowing and yields is quickly skipped over in preference for a study of the bonkers locals, the real stars of the show. Sketched affectionately in poetic, no-nonsense prose - a harsh and fascinating life, all told without a trace of judgement, without any forced humour - yet it is often hilarious. A beautiful book, too [ - ] Ungerer's illustrations vividly complement his words and bring the ducks and dogs to life - not to mention sexy Yvonne, who cavorts through the pages like a Woodstock-era Felicity Kendal. Highly recommended.' Rory Miller, Real Travel, July 2011 'First published in 1984, this classic tale of adventure from renowned French illustrator and author, Tomi Ungerer, has just been re-published to coincide with his 80th birthday. And what a treasure it is! - a humorous, stark and revealing collection of diary entries - at times darkly comical - the book is riveting in its intensity and detail. If you have read it before, this wonderful new version will rekindle enthusiasm for it. If you haven't read it then you are in for a classic treat.' Steve Watkins, Outdoors Photography, August 2011 'a diary with running commentary, whose prose - so precise in its delineations of landscape, weather, the daily toils of farm-life, the lost souls of the adjacent communities - is perfectly enhanced by the accompanying illustrations.' Brian Alderson, Books for Keeps, September 2011

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Author's Bio

Tomi Ungerer, born in Strasbourg in 1931, landed in New York in 1956 with $60 in his pocket and with a suitcase full of drawings. Overnight he became a star as a caricaturist, illustrator and children's book author and published more than 80 books in ten years. As a graphic artist he created advertising campaigns for Willy Brandt and The New York Times. In 1998, Tomi Ungerer was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration and has become an internationally renowned artist. He now divides his time between Strasbourg and Ireland.

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