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Continental Drifter: Dispatches from the Uttermost Parts of the Earth


Essays from a professional wanderer with an eye for the absurd. Travel writing at its best.? Joe Kane. Black & white photographs.

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Essays from a professional wanderer with an eye for the absurd. Travel writing at its best.— Joe Kane. Black & white photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As contributing editor of Outside magazine and correspondent for other adventure and travel journals, McRae has visited out-of-the-way places from the Patagonian Ice Cap to Outer Mongolia. He introduces us to the adventure-travel industry and such notable representatives as Richard Bangs (Sobek Expeditions) and Leo Le Bon (Mountain Travel). McRae joined Joe Cummings of the Lonely Planet guidebook series for a scouting trip in Thailand. We read about a press journey to Tibet, a visit to Jane Goodall and her chimpanzees in Tanzania, a 1000-mile motor rally in Amazonia. Exploring the slums of Nairobi, McRae found no street names; a resident's address is the nearest municipal toilet (WC 142). His final story tells of Warren Pearson's goal of spending a winter alone in Antarctica. This is a heady trip for vicarious travelers. (Jan.)
Library Journal
This collection of articles, some previously published, cover the author's far-flung journeys into the exotic. Whether fly-fishing in Kenya, trekking in Tibet, wildlife watching with Jane Goodall in the Tanzanian jungle, or visiting popular tourist sites in Mongolia, McRae, a journalist, shares his excursions in an easygoing and informative writing style. He frequently visits or is joined by interesting individuals whose presence enhance his experiences. For example, he accompanies adventure travel organizers, visits with researchers in the field, and retells an individual's solo attempt to visit Antarctica. His account provides light and entertaining reading, comparable in style to some books by travel writer Tim Cahill. Each journey is distinctly different, and recreational travelers will value the book as an enjoyable sampler of a multitude of travel possibilities and can absorb the armchair adventure in all its great diversity.-- Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario
Collects 13 essays--previously published in Outside magazine (most of them), Travel & Leisure, Geo, Conde Nast, and Equinox--describing travels and adventures in Africa, South America, and Asia. No references or index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558212435
  • Publisher: Burford Books
  • Publication date: 12/29/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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