“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”– Mark Twain
Impossible is about getting up and doing the unheard of. Here are tales of people, real and imagined, who went on impossible adventures. Where will you go next?
Table of Contents
The Odyssey by Homer
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The Odyssey by Homer
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
- Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
- Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
- Beyond the Horizon: Extreme Adventures at the Edge of the World
- The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
- Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The original adventure story. In The Odyssey, Homer tells the story of Odysseus, struggling to make it home to his family after the Trojan War. His decade long journey is filled with incident, magic and relentless setbacks, his eventual triumph acts as inspiraiton to adventurers everywhere.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
An iconic work of literature, Don Quixote recounts the adventures of a middle-aged man so obsessed with chivalric books that he decides to imitate them and become a knight-errant. His transformation into Don Quixote and his adventures with his faithful squire, the peasant Sancho Panza, have gone down in literary history.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Buccaneers and buried gold” get everyone excited and Treasure Island is the original pirate tale of treasure hunting, doublecrossing and the infamous Black Spot.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The grim adventure story told in this 1899 novella by Joseph Conrad is not only famous in its own right but formed the basis for Apocalypse Now.
The doomed Charles Marlow, leaves behind the civilized world and sails up the Congo, only to find that he is traveling to the metaphorical and literal heart of humanity’s darkness. His adventure is both physical, journeying to the jungles of the Belgian colony but also psychologicla, having to confront man’s inhumanity to man.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Captain Nemo’s Nautilus explores a wild new frontier: the sea. Even now, the bottom of the ocean contains mysteries that we have yet to uncover – the crew’s journey to the edge of the known world is a true
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
One of the most famous opening lines in any book, Moby-Dick relates the timeless story of a voyage to hunt and kill the eponymous white whale that haunts captain Ahab.
Unappreciated when it came out, Moby Dick is now hailed as one of our greatest works of literature and a study of obsession, adventure and chasing your goals.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam
Earth is destroyed and Arthur Dent is the only survivor. Picked up by Ford Prefect, an alien writer who’s working on an electronic book called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, he embarks on a grand adventure across the galaxy that takes him to the end of the universe.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
One of our most famous adventure stories, Tolkien came up with the idea for Bilbo Baggins’s voyage while teaching at Oxford University.
The Hero’s Journey is in full effect here as Bilbo goes There and Back Again, changed forever by his adventure, becoming wealthy, wise and powerful.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
In 1990, Christopher Johnson McCandless gave away all of his money and left home, never to return.
When he hitchhiked to Alaska in 1992, he disappeared into the wilderness, only to be found dead four months later.
This is a true story about a young man rejecting society, responding to the primal call of the wild and striking out alone. Made into a film, Krakauer haas received high praise for his straightforward but sensitive handling of this modern but timeless adventure story.
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
When Joe Simpson and his climbing partner Simon Yates set out to climb the treacherous Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, they knew they were undertaking a very dangerous task. When an accident sends Joe crashing into a ravine, Simon assumes his death and is forced to continue on without him. Left alone and critically injured, Simpson proceeds to crawl down the glacier, arriving barely alive at his base camp 3 ½ days later. An astonishing tale of one man’s will to survive.
Richard Parks is a former international athlete turned adventurer. The premature end of his rugby career left him depressed but upon reading tales of explorers in his childhood bedroom, he began a new career as an extreme adventurer.
Parks tells the tale of his record breaking hikes, climbs and travails around the world, not sparing himself or the reader with his no holds barred descriptions of how difficult it is. He is someone who has done what was thought to be impossible.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
The mystery of The Lost City of Z has fascinated adventurers and treasure hunters for centuries, the story gaining enw life with a recent film adaptaton.
The author attempts to discover the fate of Colonel Percy Fawcett, the charismatic and daring protagonist, providing insight into Fawcett’s life, hiis adventures and his ill-fated attempt to discover Z.
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
The tagline for this book is “Six men on a small raft sail four thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean, from Peru to the Polynesian Islands.”
If that doesn’t sound enticing then I don’t know what would.
Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his companions sailed 4,300 miles from Peru towards Polynesia on a raft in an attempt to prove his theory that the Polynesian Islands were settled by raft-sailing Peruvian voyagers.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Donald Miller’s life stalled after writing a successful memoir but when he got an offer to turn his book into a movie, he found himself getting out of bed to live a life worth telling.
Miller rides his bike across America, gambles on love and founds a nonprofit with a passionate cause. Miller decides to get our there and make it happen for himself ratehr than wait fo rlife to come to him.
An inspiring story of physical and personal adventure.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd who yearns to leave home and find a great treasure, leads him to greater riches than he ever imagined.
The boy meets different mentors along his journey who help him to clarify his life’s purpose and help him realize that he’s looking in the wrong place for contentment.
The Alchemist will give you a different perspective and help you to see opportunities everywhere. The book is one of the best selling books of all time as its message has resonated with so many.
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