Synopses & Reviews
Could the Incas really fly or glide? Enthralled by the chronicle of a sixteenth-century monk which said that the Incas 'flew like birds' over the Peruvian jungle, Tahir Shah set out to discover the Incas' secrets. His trail takes him to the coast and through the desert, and finally on an epic river journey up the Amazon. Even for a traveller so used to surreal adventures, there are many strange encounters and physical challenges gruesome and often hilarious among madmen and dreamers, sorcerers, con-men and jungle experts, before Tahir Shah can at last discover the truth about the Birdmen of Peru.
"The pace never slackens. You read on, knowing you will never be able to guess what is coming next. Trails of Feathers may be among the strangest books ever written on a South America them, but it is also one of the most rewarding." Christopher Ross, Literary Reveiew
"The journey is appalling and hilarious and full of gems culled from Shah's researches....This book also made me laugh, in places, more than anything I have read for years." Robert Twigger, Daily Telegraph
"Thoroughly enjoyable...accomplished and entertaining." Sunday Times, London
Tahir Shah sets out to discover if the Incas really did fly above the jungles of Peru, after being enthralled by the recurring theme of flying in Peruvian folklore. His trek ranges from the mountains of Peru to the Amazon, and includes gruesome and hilarious encounters with madmen and sorcerers.