Wild Coast Travels on South America's Untamed Edge (Hardcover)
|Author: John Gimlette|
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|"Originally published in Great Britain by Profile Books Ltd, London"--T.p. verso.|
From the Publisher:
As he did for Paraguay in At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig (“a raucous blend of history, travelogue, and guide”—Condé Nast Traveler), John Gimlette now does for South America’s far-flung Guianese coast.
Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are among the least-known places in South America and, in John Gimlette’s hands, among the most wildly intriguing. He takes us deep into this remote edge of the world, vividly describing the stilt-sitting coastal towns; torrential, often impassable rivers (there are literally thousands); and forests so dense that even today there are no roads through them. He reveals the region’s surprisingly bloody history—including the infamous cult suicide at Jonestown—and introduces us to its inhabitants: from the world’s largest ants to fluorescent purple frogs; from indigenous tribes who still live by sorcery to descendants of African slaves, Dutch conquerors, Hmong refugees, Irish adventurers, and Scottish outlaws; from high-tech pirates to hapless pioneers for whom this stunning, strangely beautiful world (“a sort of X-rated Garden of Eden”) has become home by choice or by force.
A fabulously entertaining, eye-popping journey.