Explore: Stories of Survival from off the Map

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Explore: Stories of Survival from Off the Map offers first-hand accounts by the world's boldest explorers, who have encountered storms, starvation, canibals, predators, and disease in their pursuit of mystery and adventure. Nunez Cabeza de Vaca writes of his 16th century expedition to the region north of the Gulf of Mexico, an amazing tale of survival and hardship that begins with the loss of de Vaca's ships and the capture and enslavement of his party by Indians. Argentinian novelist Abel Posse gives us an ...

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Explore: Stories of Survival from Off the Map offers first-hand accounts by the world's boldest explorers, who have encountered storms, starvation, canibals, predators, and disease in their pursuit of mystery and adventure. Nunez Cabeza de Vaca writes of his 16th century expedition to the region north of the Gulf of Mexico, an amazing tale of survival and hardship that begins with the loss of de Vaca's ships and the capture and enslavement of his party by Indians. Argentinian novelist Abel Posse gives us an unforgettable Christopher Columbus facing down mutiny and the threat of starvation Tim Flannery almost dies while searching for Fulmer's Fruit Bat, thought to have become extinct 12,000 years ago. Thor Heyderdahl recounts his earliest adventure in Polynesia. Premier mountaineering and adventure writer David Roberts searches for a legendary lost city high in the cliffs of New Mexico. Following an ancient trail, Roberts discovers a beautifully preserved Anasazi city — and a curse. Explore also includes writing by Lawrence Millman, Gene Savay, John Long, Redmond O'Hanlon, Fanny Bullock Workman and William Hunter Workman, Andrea Barrett, and W.H. Murray.

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In my father's favorite books, the people always ended up eating their shoes. He'd have liked Explore, an anthology in the wittily named Adrenaline Series. (Other titles include High, Rough Water, Wild, and Dark.) The book contains excerpts from the usual suspects—H. W. Tilman on African mountains, Tim Cahill in Peru, Redmond O'Hanlon in the Amazon, and so forth. One after another the men go off to the ends of the earth, suffer greatly at the hands of nature or their fellow man, and come back to tell us all about it. Because the selections are excerpts, we are sometimes plunged into the middle of complex social situations and never do quite get our footing, as in Edward Marriott's hair-raising story of escaping from the jungles of New Guinea. Other selections call for more editorial comment than we get here. We want to know how our heroes extricated themselves from the drift ice, the tsetse fly invasion, the lost peaks of the Himalayas. And why are we not given a map or two to put these stories from off the map in context? Editor Willis does offer a few unexpected choices, ones that extend the meaning of such an anthology. Andrea Barrett's short story of a fictional naturalist mirrors Alfred Wallace's life in which science, curiosity, pride, and money all color and stain each other. And Harold Brodkey's ruminations on facing death by AIDS add a darker, sober tone to the voices of the more traditional adventure-seekers. The last selection, from Eric Shipton's book on climbing in China, focuses not on the climbing, but on Shipton's fumbling thoughts on why men do such things. They are the most valuable and thought-provoking pages in a book written mostly by shoe-eaters. KLIATTCodes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Publishers Group West, Thunder's Mouth, 374p, 23cm, 00-104206, $16.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Michael P. Healy; English Teacher, Wood River H.S., Hailey, ID, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
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This compilation of 19 firsthand accounts contains the writings of, or about, explorers. Alvar Nu ez Cabeza de Vaca, whose account of his exploration of the interior of North America is featured here, may be the only name familiar to most readers. Tim Cahill's farcical narrative of travel in the Andes and Tim Flannery's discovery of a bat in New Guinea that was thought to be extinct are somewhat entertaining. Harold Brodkey writes of his own death from AIDS in a touching but thematically unrelated passage. It is difficult to explain the inclusion of a passage from a hallucinatory novel about Columbus by Abel Posse in a volume otherwise dedicated to factual accounts. Altogether, this is a disorganized and rather disorienting collection that is not associated with any historical period, geographical area, or, apparently, any other discernible principle. Although some of the excerpts are interesting in themselves, others are perplexingly incomplete. Not recommended.--Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560252788
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Adrenaline
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Photographs viii
Introduction 1
from The Lost Tribe 7
An Evening Among Headhunters 45
Lost City of the Lukachukais 57
from Antisuyo: The Search for the Lost Cities of the Amazon 75
Cahill Among the Ruins in Peru 85
from Farthest North 115
from Snow on the Equator 139
from In Trouble Again 159
Bat from the Ice Age 193
Birds with No Feet 209
from Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America 229
from The Dogs of Paradise 253
Bikpela Hol 265
Crazy in the Congo 283
from The Indian Alps and How We Crossed Them 307
Arctic Discovery 321
Upland Stream 325
from This Wild Darkness 345
from Mountains of Tartary 357
Acknowledgments 371
Bibliography 374
Photographs
Young Jivaro tribesman [copyright] H.E. Anthony/Courtesy National Geographic Society 7
Headhunters with weapons [copyright] H.E. Anthony/Courtesy National Geographic Society 45
Cliff dwellings [copyright] Galen Rowell/Mountainlight Images 57
Vilcabamba, Peru [copyright] Hiram Bingham Collection/Courtesy National Geographic Society 75
Pre-Incan ruins [copyright] Allard Collection/Courtesy National Geographic Society 85
Ice Drifts [copyright] Galen Rowell/Mountainlight Images 115
Ruwenzori Courtesy National Geographic Society 139
Central American fer-de-lance Courtesy National Geographic Society 159
Bat cave Courtesy National Geographic Society 193
Bird of paradise Courtesy National Geographic Society 209
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum: Map of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico [copyright] Tony Arruza/Corbis 229
Fleet ships of Christopher Columbus [copyright] Bettmann/Corbis 253
Entrance to underground cavern [copyright] Thomas R. Fletcher/Stock Boston/Picture Quest 265
Killer bees swarm around Hank Morganstern [copyright] Chris Anderson/Aurora 283
Himalayan range [copyright] Galen Rowell/Corbis 307
Baffin Island [copyright] Galen Rowell/Mountainlight Images 321
Trout Stream [copyright] Jeff Greenberg/RAINBOW/PictureQuest 325
Boy on raft [copyright] Steve Maines/Stock, Boston/PictureQuest 345
Mountains in the Kashgar Range [copyright] Alison Wright/Corbis 357
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