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Tales from the Torrid Zone: Travels in the Deep Tropics
Tales from the Torrid Zone: Travels in the Deep Tropics by Alexander Frater 0679408711 9780679408710
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Tales from the Torrid Zone: Travels in the Deep Tropics by Alexander Frater

From one of the most celebrated travel writers at work todaya vibrantly observant, witty, utterly captivating account of a lifetimes worth of travel between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Part memoir, part travelogue, all passionate appreciation,Tales from the Torrid Zonebegins in Iririki, Alexander Fraters birthplace. On this tiny island in the South Seas republic of Vanuatu, his grandfather, a Presbyterian missionary from Scotland, converted the inhabitants, his father ran the hospital and his mother built its first schoolhouse in their front garden. And it was on Iririki where, on the eve of his sixth birthday, Frater fell victim to le coup de bamboo. . . a mild form of tropical madness for which, luckily, there is no cure, and which has compelled him, again and again, to return to the seeding, breeding, buzzing, barking, fluttering, squawking, germinating,growing deep tropics. His travels take him to nearly all of the eighty-eight countries encompassed by this remarkable, steamy swath of the world. He delves deeply into the history and politics of each nation he visits, and into the lives of the inhabitants, and of the flora and fauna. He is, at once, tourist, explorer and adventurer, as fascinated withand fascinating aboutthe quotidian as he is with the extraordinary. But certainly, he does not lack for the extraordinary: dining with the Queen of Tonga in a leper colony; making his way across tropical Africaand two civil warsin a forty-four-year-old flying boat; delivering a new church bell to a remote Oceanian island. From Fiji to Laos, Mexico to Peru, Senegal to Uganda, Taiwan to Indonesia, Frater gives us a richly described, wonderfully anecdotal, endlessly surprising picture of this diverse, feverish, languorously beautiful worldas much a state of mind as it is a geographical phenomenon.

Author: Alexander Frater

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 400

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 2007-03-06

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ISBN: 0679408711

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