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In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon (Vintage Departures)by Redmond Ohanlon
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O'Hanlon takes us into the bug-ridden rain forest between the Orinoco and the Amazon--infested with jaguars and piranhas, where men would kill over a bottle of ketchup and where the locals may be the most violent people on earth (next to hockey fans).
"[T]he Hunter S. Thompson of expeditionaries. This is Monty Python meets Dr. Livingstone....His writing flirts with what might be termed the pornography of travel — the kick of seeing oneself and others squirm in misery. In Trouble Again is a jungle howl at the expense of the universe." John Krich, The New York Times Book Review
"All the jolly japes begin to pall since they are not leavened by any particularly thought-provoking insights....When O'Hanlon does come close to making any serious observations, he makes sure to blunt their full force with self-parody. He compounds the effect by quoting great chunks of the classic travel accounts. Their sober dignity merely serves to emphasize the self-conscious mundanity of his own." Paul Henley, The Times Literary Supplement
"[W]onderfully humorous....More a modern, comic retelling of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness than a traditional travel narrative, this book delves deeply into how a journey through the murky, untamed rain forest affects the human spirit. O'Hanlon faces all sorts of real demons on his trip...and succeeds in making the reader laugh with him at the absurdity of it all." Salon.com
O'Hanlon takes readers on a four-month journey up the Orinoco River and across the Amazon basin in search of the Yanomami Indians. His book contains humor, adventure, and a wealth of information. One map.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-266) and index.
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