Equator: A Journey

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Provides a firsthand account of the author's three-year trek along the equator and his encounters with diverse and colorful people and cultures and ways of life both exotic and familiar

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From a three-year trip around the world, crisscrossing the equator over three continents, from South America east to Africa, Asia and back to South America via Pacific equatorial islands, Clarke, author of Dirty Money , etc., returned with tales and impressions to delight even the most jaded armchair traveler. In wonderfully evocative prose, he relives his adventures in steaming jungles and in overcrowded, polluted Pacific atolls, some of them WW II battle sites. He traversed primitive villages and teeming cities with slums masked by modern facades and relics of colonial grandeur, and after a narrow escape from being buried alive in an earthquake, he climbed an Andean volcano in a snowstorm. He traveled by river pirogue to visit Albert Schweitzer's hospital and grave at Lambarene, in rattletrap buses and ancient bush taxis driven by speed demons over track-like roads, as well as on unpredictable railroads, and resorted to planes only to cross otherwise impassable terrain or to reach remote islands. Clarke's astute observations on the politics and society of each country visitedsome newly independent or, like Uganda, ruled by a terrorist regimeserve as background for sharply drawn, empathetic portraits of human beings who admittedly interest him more than do fauna and flora. Literary Guild featured alternate.
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In 1984 Clarke ( The Last Caravan , Dirty Money ) set out on a three-year trip around the world along the equator. Since there are no direct land routes connecting all the towns on the equator, Clarke had to zigzag north and south to reach specific points. He traveled from South America east to Africa, Asia, and the equatorial Pacific islands, eventually returning to South America. Clarke describes the political, economic, and social conditions in the areas he visited. His colorful, vivid, and witty style brings the people and the places to life. A down-to-earth, compelling work that often shows the more gritty aspects of life. Literary Guild featured alternate. Kathleen Farago, Lakewood P.L., Ohio
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