Yossi Ghinsberg Back from Tuichi

ISBN 13: 9780679424581

Back from Tuichi

3.92 avg rating
( 2,889 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780679424581: Back from Tuichi
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The author describes how he and three of his friends set off without a map through the jungles of Bolivia, and how, after an accident, he was left alone to endure a three-week struggle for survival against nature's elements. 12,500 first printing.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Language Notes:

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew

From Kirkus Reviews:

Lost in the jungle!--told with a hearty emphasis on endurance and terror. In 1982, the author, an Israeli then in his 20s, was backpacking around South America. After some typically youthful escapades (e.g., tripping on a hallucinogen in Bolivia's desolate Valley of the Moon), Ghinsberg fell in with Karl, a self-proclaimed Austrian geologist who offered to take the author and two others- -thoughtful Marcus, a Swiss, and stalwart Kevin, an American--deep inside the Amazon rain forest. Flying out of La Paz to a remote town, the four were soon hacking their way through dense foliage, dining on smoked monkey meat, and panning for gold on an isolated riverbank. But the adventure was marred by tension between the travelers, spurred by Karl's bossiness and Marcus's whining, and eventually the foursome split up, with Karl and Marcus planning to return to La Paz while the author and Kevin were to raft down the treacherous Tuichi river. It's at this point, midway through the narrative, that Ghinsberg's tale takes flight: Almost immediately, he and Kevin lose their raft and are separated in the river's white waters. Carrying on alone, equipped only with a small bag containing matches, bug repellent, rice and beans, etc., Ghinsberg suffers through a horrific ordeal of starvation; jungle rot; attacks by hornets, leeches, and biting termites; torrential rains; slashing wounds; a jaguar stalking; and maddening loneliness. But after 20 days of being sustained primarily by his will (``I can go on''), the author, near death, spots Kevin approaching in a boat: ``I was safe''--but Marcus and Karl (whose surprising real identity is later revealed) are never seen again. The brutal politics of rain-forest exploitation provide a somber backdrop, but it's the gripping foreground action here that makes this yarn--though lacking the introspective depth of, say, Tracy Johnston's Shooting the Boh--a strong bet for armchair adventurers. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ghinsberg, Yossi
Published by Random House (1993)
ISBN 10: 067942458X ISBN 13: 9780679424581
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11067942458X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 63.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Ghinsberg, Yossi
Published by Random House
ISBN 10: 067942458X ISBN 13: 9780679424581
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House. Hardcover. Condition: New. 067942458X New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0880660

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 100.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Yossi Ghinsberg
Published by Random House (1993)
ISBN 10: 067942458X ISBN 13: 9780679424581
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st US Edition. Seller Inventory # DADAX067942458X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 1,216.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds