Big Snake: The Hunt for the World's Longest Python

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Award-winning Oxford poet Robert Twigger has lived the stuff of daydreams. He has trained as a bullfighter in Spain, gone looking for bona fide zombies in Haiti, reported for the Daily Telegraph on chain gangs in Arizona, and has trained with the Tokyo Riot Police. And he's lived to write about his accounts, enthralling both thrill seekers and the adventurous of heart.

A few years ago, Twigger hit upon his latest adventure when he found a provision offering a substantial cash ...

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Photos New York 1999 Hard Cover in Dust Jacket First Edition New/New 5 x 8 x 1" 0688175384 1999 FIRST EDITION Hardcover book in DJ...BRAND NEW from 1999 publisher...Never ... opened, Never owned, Never marked...Jacket protected in New clear non-stick mylar sleeve...Excellent Gift Giving quality...319 pages...illustrated with 8 pages of glossy B&W photos...Chapters include: Dung Sniffing in Borneo, The Headman is Hiding, Night Hunt in the Jungle, The Island of Ghosts, Black Magic Riot, Last Will and Testament & more...An exciting and hilarious travelogue of Big snakes, pythons, largest python on earth, snake hunting...true story of a terrified desk dweller who sets out to capture the world's longest snake. Out of funding, acclaimed poet Robert Twigger was surfing the Internet for poetry prizes when he came upon a cash reward being offered for the capture of a live snake in excess of thirty feet. Established in 1912 by President Roosevelt following the capture of a twenty-eight-foot reticulated python, the reward Read more Show Less

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Award-winning Oxford poet Robert Twigger has lived the stuff of daydreams. He has trained as a bullfighter in Spain, gone looking for bona fide zombies in Haiti, reported for the Daily Telegraph on chain gangs in Arizona, and has trained with the Tokyo Riot Police. And he's lived to write about his accounts, enthralling both thrill seekers and the adventurous of heart.

A few years ago, Twigger hit upon his latest adventure when he found a provision offering a substantial cash prize to the team who captured the world's longest snake. In 1997, he spent four months in the wilds of Indonesia where his team succeeded in capturing a 26-foot-long python, almost certainly a world record for a snake in captivity. Big Snake is the story of that event, and exciting tale of audacity and courage sure to find a place on the shelf of every armchair adventurer.

About the Author:

Robert Twigger was educated at Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Poetry Prize. As well as writing books, he is a regular contributor to Esquire, Maxim, the Daily Telegraph, and the Financial Times. He lives in London.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780688175382
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/20/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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Chapter One
Know Your Onions

In marriage as in literature, the whole art consistsin the grace of transitions.
Balzac

In a studio flat in south London I spoke over a hissing international line to Cairo. The voice coming back to me was precise, accented and elderly. It was the first time I had spoken to a retired Egyptian general and I was asking him if I could marry his daughter. Come to think of it, this was the first time I'd asked anyone for their daughter's hand in marriage. He graciously acceded and then the line went dead. I turned to Sarnia, whom I still thought of as my girlfriend. 'Well, it's done now,' I said.

'Yes,' she said, in a voice both unsure and reflective, a voice strikingly like mine. Usually Samia was firm-minded, sensible-sounding, a reassuring presence in the echoing, selfdoubting world I inhabited. She knew what she wanted and went out and got it. I thought I knew, but halfway into getting it I often changed my mind. I was a vacillator, a procrastinator, a Hamlet without a sword or a scene for sticking someone. The vague plan I'd formulated was that I would become more like Sarnia, not the other way round. Maybe we'd got ourselves into something we couldn't control. Marriage was for other people, not me. Marriage was for people like my parents and their friends. What was happening?

We cracked open a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champagne to celebrate. I fumbled the cork and it shot at high velocity into the soft plaster of the ceiling, making a dent, the first physical manifestation of our marriage to be. The bubbles quickly went, and the champagne had that slightlyvomity taste it has when you don't really want to celebrate. I looked at Samia. She looked at me. We both tittered nervously and sipped our vomity champers.

How I'd got here, asking for permission down a crackling telephone, was perfectly logical. I had fallen in love with Samia. Samia was from a traditional family in the Middle East. If I wanted to live with her and not hide every time a relative appeared in London, then I would have to marry her. Inescapable logic, which suddenly, sipping the champagne, I wanted to escape. It was as if the action itself was one huge gulp too much. Now I had indigestion.

By some divinatory process a date was set for the marriage in Egypt. It was five months away. Plenty of time to order Bedouin tents, dwarf tumblers, belly dancers and Upper Egyptian dervish whirlers to the lamb-roasting extravaganza I planned to hold by torchlight in the Sinai Desert. Then Samia told me many of her relatives had difficulty getting out of a car, let alone mounting a camel for an arduous cross-desert journey. The party was relocated to the beach next to a five-star hotel.

Before I ever gave a microsecond of attention to the idea of marriage, I was living in Japan, relentlessly single and proud of it. There I met a man called Hi-Tide Harris, 'International Blues Guitarist', his business card said. On a late night bus home to my suburb of Tokyo, he talked wisely on many subjects, but then he got on to marriage. 'The thing about my wife — she makes me feel like I ain't wild no more!'

'No man ever went willingly to the altar,' said my grandfather, Colonel H. Twigger, soldier, boxer, photographer, engineer and, most latterly, beekeeper. He did not know about my forthcoming marriage. He was, as usual, speaking about himself, how he had married, quite against the conventions of colonial India, a divorced lady with a two-year-old son. 'I fell in love with your grandmother,' he said, his pale-blue eyes boring into me, looking for some sign of weakness, I always felt. And after a pause, 'Your grandfather was a naughty boy.'

Now Colonel H. was ninety, it was quite all right to have been a naughty boy. He'd been naughty in other ways too, some I'd guessed or been told about, others you'd never know. He used to speak about a chap he'd known in the army who used to frequent pubs wearing 'a baggy suit'. The man was an expert boxer and the suit always drew criticism. Wearing a baggy suit in the twenties was like wearing a bow tie in a skinhead pub today. But the comments about the suit could be escalated into a fight, which was what the man wanted. He wanted to test himself, and being a jolly good boxer, and having surprise on his side, he always won. The chap was, of course, the young Colonel H.

The snake began to move in my brain. I had dreams about crossing jungles, wading through swamps, discovering lost cities. My waking thoughts were increasingly invaded by fantasies of escape. Every time I saw backpackers in Victoria Station I felt both envy and disgust. Envy for their freedom, disgust at myself for wanting to be like a teenage Sherpa with a railpass and a stash of rolling tobacco. For God's sake! I was going grey, getting married, driving my own car and hating myself for having, in some obscure way, given in. I could ditch the car, the girl, the comfortable flat we'd found. I ran that through my head and all that was left was an emptybubble, a void. I needed to move towards something. I needed money (who doesn't?), but more than that, I needed a goal.

It was Chris, my former flatmate and mentor, who solved my problem. He discovered that there was a prize of fifty thousand dollars being offered by the Wildlife Conservation Society of New York for any snake caught alive in excess of thirty feet long. He found the information while surfing on the Internet, alternating visits to Bianca's Smut Shack with serious browsing for prizes we could perhaps win. Another $50,000 award was being offered for a book-length poem on a religious subject by someone born in Wisconsin, Wyoming or Nebraska. Perhaps these places are particularly short of poets, but I doubt it. In fact I bet they're just crawling out of the sagebrush, pen in hand, all cut up inside because they didn't win the big prize. For a few seconds I contemplated the feasibility of creating a new Wisconsonian identity. That part appealed to me. Writing the poem presented more problems...

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Table of Contents

1 Know Your Onions 9
2 Miss Revlon Asia Is Unavailable 34
3 Dung Sniffing in Borneo 71
4 The Headman Is Hiding 94
5 Civet Cat for Breakfast 110
6 Menhirs and Moomins--Stone Dreaming 134
7 Night Hunt in the Jungle 153
8 Murder in the Forest 167
9 Magick River 186
10 Black Magic Riot 204
11 Johnny's Got a Gun 222
12 The Three Pas 240
13 Mr Greasy's Rep 256
14 Big Snake 271
15 The Island of Ghosts 297
16 Last Will and Testament 311
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