Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review: Spectacle by National Geographic

Title: Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs
Author: National Geographic
Year Published: 2018


Genre: Adult non-fiction
Pages: 398
Rating: 5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map): "Everywhere"

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for an honest review

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): An exquisite photo collection showcasing awe-inducing moments from around the world, including the aurora borealis, cities made of neon lights, a great wildebeest migration, a contortionist on display–and more.
In life, there are certain sights that are as beautiful as they are unforgettable–from a majestic supercell to the secrets of a deep blue ice cave to the world’s largest library. These fascinating spectacles shock us in their diversity, their complexity, and their epic scale, bringing us the miraculous beauty of our planet. Featuring more than 200 color images, including acclaimed photography from the National Geographic Image Collection, this volume presents a dazzling array of natural and manmade wonders, unusual phenomena, and amusing curiosities. Each page will enlighten and inspire, presenting our world at its best.

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Review: I chose four National Geographic books to review this fall and this is the first of them. What a beautiful book. As an amateur photographer (emphasis on amateur), I have always loved beautiful photographs and National Geographic certainly delivers.

One of my favorite images is of Ta Prohm, a Cambodian temple, because I've been there and it brought back wonderful memories. Others are images of nature in all its glory. Oh, who am I kidding, I can't pick famorites. The varitey of photos is vast and they are all beautiful in their own way.

The book is divided into three sections: Chaos, Surprise, Beauty, and Awe. And boy do they create awe! This is the sort of book one can look at again and again and be inspired each time. The images contain color, nature, humans, cities, rural areas, land, sea, and sky. In this time of chaos and uncertainty I felt calm and wonder looking at these pictures.

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