How to Walk a Puma: And Other Things I Learned While Stumbling through South America [NOOK Book]

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On his nineteenth birthday, Peter Allison flipped a coin. One side would take him to Africa and the other to South America, the two places he wanted to explore before he died. He recounted his time spent as a safari guide in Africa to much acclaim in Whatever You Do, Don’t Run and Don’t Look Behind You. Sixteen years later, he makes his way to Santiago, Chile, ready to seek out the continent’s best, weirdest, and wildest adventures, and to chase the elusive jaguar.

 

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Overview

On his nineteenth birthday, Peter Allison flipped a coin. One side would take him to Africa and the other to South America, the two places he wanted to explore before he died. He recounted his time spent as a safari guide in Africa to much acclaim in Whatever You Do, Don’t Run and Don’t Look Behind You. Sixteen years later, he makes his way to Santiago, Chile, ready to seek out the continent’s best, weirdest, and wildest adventures, and to chase the elusive jaguar.

 

In just the first six months, Allison is bitten by a puma (several times), knocked on his head by a bad empanada, and surrounded by piranhas while rafting down a Bolivian river—all because of his unusual fear of refrigerators and of staying in any one place for too long. Ever the gifted storyteller and cultural observer, Allison makes many observations about life in humid climes, the nature of nomadism, and exactly what it is like to be nearly blasted off a mountain by the famous Patagonia wind. Allison’s self-deprecating humor is as delightful as his crazy stunts, and his love for animals—even when they bite—is infectious.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Whatever You Do, Don't Run:
 
"Allison's infectious enthusiasm for both the African bush and his job showing its wonders to tourists is readily apparent." --Booklist
 
"His misadventures make Whatever You Do, Don't Run an absorbing read. . . . The material is rich, and Allison is a gifted storyteller. And the only thing stranger than African fiction is African truth." --National Geographic Adventure
 
"After reading this entrancing memoir, an African safari may move to No. 1 on your travel wish list. The only catch is you'll want the author as your guide." --Chicago Sun-Times
 

Praise for Don't Look Behind You:
 
"The best compliment you can pay a travel writer is to read his work and feel like you're right there with him. For more than two hundred pages, I felt like I was in Africa, up to my neck in danger. I don't even know this guy, but more than once I lay awake at night, worrying for his safety. Enough adventure, action, life lessons, and laughs to fill a movie and four sequels. The fact that Allison survived to write any of this down is a miracle in itself." --Cash Peters, author of Naked in Dangerous Places and Gullible's Travels

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781493000135
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 359,842
  • File size: 1,022 KB

Meet the Author


Peter Allison is the author of Don’t Look Behind You! and Whatever You Do, Don’t Run (both Lyons Press). His safaris have been featured in Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller, and he has appeared on television shows such as Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. He does not live in any one place, but was last seen boarding a plane to Africa.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xvii

1 Running with Roy 1

2 Roy's Big Day Out 11

3 Don't Eat My Hero 19

4 Dressed for a Kill 25

5 The Last Temptation of Roy 33

6 Not the End of the World 39

7 The Empanada Disaster 45

8 Blue World 51

9 The Road from Patagonia 57

10 The Joy of Pessimism 69

11 There Is a Jaguar, Right Here! 79

12 8.8 85

13 Getting High in Bolivia 95

14 Take Me to the River 103

15 Puff, the Magic Canoe 121

16 One Hundred Ways to Bleed 127

17 The Idiot Box 133

18 Beekeeping in the Amazon 141

19 All You Can Eat 147

20 A Month of Monkeys, a Night of Darkness 157

21 Going Deeper 165

22 Tigre! Tigre! 173

23 Parrots, Prayers, and the End of a Year 181

24 Chasing a Jaguar 185

25 The Honeymoon Period 195

Afterword 199

About the Author 201

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    Posted July 6, 2012

    Awesome

    Yet another good book by the coolest person on earth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Great read

    Another highly entertaining read by Peter Allison. It is my second and am looking forward to the third. Well worth the time. Great insight into the indiginous people of S America.

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    Sounds like an excellent read

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