Home » Ins Innere von Borneo by Redmond OHanlon
Ins Innere von Borneo Redmond OHanlon

Ins Innere von Borneo

Redmond OHanlon

Published
ISBN : 9783423202206
284 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

An Account of a Journey Made In 1983 to the Mountains of Batu Tiban with James FentonYe Gods, old man--dont do it! youre bound to shriek on page 1 of this hilarious travelogue, on which the author lists the hazards that may befall him--vipers,MoreAn Account of a Journey Made In 1983 to the Mountains of Batu Tiban with James FentonYe Gods, old man--dont do it! youre bound to shriek on page 1 of this hilarious travelogue, on which the author lists the hazards that may befall him--vipers, cholera, crocs, ticks, tuberculosis, malaria, rabies, and 1,700 types of parasitic worms among them. After all, portly, over-the-hill London Times literary reviewer Redmond OHanlon hasnt done anything more aerobic than flip the pages of a book for decades- he wasnt even a Boy Scout. Its hardly reassuring that his colleague, poet James Fenton--who had the big idea to trek in Borneo--was a Boy Scout. He hated it, and besides, aged, balding Fenton, whom OHanlon describes as rather worm-like, sounds like hes a likely lunch for a swooping black eagle. But on they trod--with the much-needed help of three Iban natives and an unseen, though oft-quoted river god--through jungle, across rivers whose height may rise seven feet overnight, and via native villages (where they often have late-night parties), with one goal in mind: seeing the fabled Borneo rhino. Fenton is nearly swept away in a whirlpool, they subsist on jungle-worm gruel, and ripping off sucking leeches is a near-daily occurrence, but cultural and natural insights and adventures abound in this rip-roaringly funny and deftly written travelogue that will have you chortling out loud. --Melissa Rossi