Book Review: Meet Me in Atlantis – Mark Adams

meet-me-in-atlantisTitle: Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
Author: Mark Adams
ISBN: 9780525953708
Pages: 320
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: Nonfiction, Travel, History
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Fascinated by the Atlantis legend, and the current work being done to locate the famous lost city, Mark Adams traveled around the world to meet the people advocating different theories on the locations of Atlantis, to learn about the sites that are purported to be Atlantis, and above all, to understand what Atlantis means on a personal level to both himself and the world around him.

Review:

Atlantis. Just the name evokes thoughts and feelings, a mythical lost city, perhaps the most famous city of all time. But did it ever exist? And if so, where was it? That’s what Mark Adams sets out to discover once and for all in Meet Me in Atlantis.

Adams visits many different sites and speaks with countless people in Meet Me in Atlantis, and indeed the personalities flavor the book just as much as the stories do. He does a wonderful job conveying each of these people’s enthusiasm (or in some cases, distinct lack of enthusiasm) for the lost city. Adams really gets under each of their skin, telling us what Atlantis means to them: a source of hope, a hobby, a lifelong career. Each of these people is invested in the legend for one reason or another, and it’s really interesting to see Adams fall in love with the legend, to become invested in the outcome of his search, as the book progresses.

There’s also a huge travel and archaeology component to Meet Me in Atlantis, which is fascinating. Visiting each of these sites, hearing the stories behind them, seeing it through Adams’ eyes; it’s simply incredible. He lays out the evidence for each claim before going on to offer any refutations. I’m apparently a bit gullible, because with every site Adams visited, I became convinced that THIS was Atlantis, that he had actually found the lost city.

Adams is on a quest, plain and simple, but for what? Atlantis, yes, but the reader can be fairly sure he’s not going to find the lost city, in all its glory, at the end of this book. Atlantis is so rooted in myth as to have become something intangible; it’s the search itself that matters. It says something about us, about our need to hope and to dig and to give meaning to the things around us. All that is encapsulated in this wonderful, warm book; if you enjoy history, myth, travel, archaeology, or any combination of the former,  I can’t tell you how much you need to pick up this book.

Other books by Mark Adams:

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

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Comments

  1. I’ve always wanted to go to Atlantis, but could never get a ticket to go there…

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