In the Shadows of the Morning

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Philip Caputo's passion for travel and adventure was inspired by the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack London, and Herman Melville, and through the years this passion led to a rugged writer's life, filled with hair-raising experiences in the jungles of Vietnam, the rubble of Beirut, and the savannas of Africa. In the Shadows of the Morning collects Caputo's essays for the first time, each imbued with the powerful and memorable writing for which he has become so well known.In "The Ahab Complex," Caputo recalls a ...
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In the Shadows of the Morning: Essays on Wild Lands, Wild Waters, and a Few Untamed People (Signed by the author)

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Overview

Philip Caputo's passion for travel and adventure was inspired by the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack London, and Herman Melville, and through the years this passion led to a rugged writer's life, filled with hair-raising experiences in the jungles of Vietnam, the rubble of Beirut, and the savannas of Africa. In the Shadows of the Morning collects Caputo's essays for the first time, each imbued with the powerful and memorable writing for which he has become so well known.In "The Ahab Complex," Caputo recalls a life-and-death struggle with a majestic giant blue marlin off the coast of Florida whose quarter-ton body "lit up as if a gigantic light had flashed in the water." He recounts his travels in Kenya's largest national park among the only lions to have a natural tendency to stalk and eat human beings, and where the accounts of their gruesome escapades invaded his dreams. In the title piece, he reflects on a harrowing trip down the Alaskan river that nearly claimed his son's life, nature's indifference to human loss, and an evocative account of letting go.In the Shadows of the Morning is a fascinating journey through a lifetime of profound experiences. Adventurers and lovers of great writing will welcome this collection of finely crafted essays by one of America's most gifted writers.This new edition will contain new material and the entire edition will be signed by the author.
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"Always a thoughtful, intelligent writer." -The New York Times Book Review"A master storyteller."--Daily News"Caputo is an extremely good writer."--The New Yorker"Caputo's troubled, searching meditations are among the most eloquent I have read in modern literature."--William Styron, author of Sophie's Choice
From the Publisher

"Always a thoughtful, intelligent writer." -The New York Times Book Review

"A master storyteller."--Daily News

"Caputo is an extremely good writer."--The New Yorker

"Caputo's troubled, searching meditations are among the most eloquent I have read in modern literature."--William Styron, author of Sophie's Choice

From the Publisher
"Always a thoughtful, intelligent writer." -The New York Times Book Review

"A master storyteller."—Daily News

"Caputo is an extremely good writer."—The New Yorker

"Caputo's troubled, searching meditations are among the most eloquent I have read in modern literature."—William Styron, author of Sophie's Choice

Library Journal
In this collection of previously published essays, Caputo's evocative language brings to life the wonder and power of the natural world. Whether hunting caribou in Alaska, tracking the famous maneless Tsavo lions of Africa for National Geographic, or wrestling the giant marlins off the coast of Cuba la Hemingway, this Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and critically acclaimed novelist (A Rumor of War) can make the reader shiver with the anticipation of danger in the wild and yet appreciate the need to experience it. Caputo has added three stories of human conflict, including one that recounts a recent visit to Vietnam, where he served in the marines during the war, and a particularly timely piece on Afghanistan; although written in 1980, when the Soviets were still in occupation, this piece clearly shows that little has changed in that country over the last 20 years. A thread of history plays through all the essays, providing context and another level of interest for the reader. This compelling collection will enhance the travel or adventure collections in any public or academic library.-Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762796519
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Edition description: Signed by the author
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,427,716
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Caputo is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of several critically acclaimed novels and works of nonfiction, including Delcorso's Gallery, Exiles, The Voyage, Means of Escape, Indian Country, Equation for Evil, and the national best-seller A Rumor of War, praised as the most accurate portrayal of combat yet written. He lives in Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
North America
The last of the big open 1995 3
The farthest away river 1996 23
Up in michigan 1997 55
Alone 1998 63
Africa
Man-eaters of tsavo 2000 81
Dark skies of sudan 2001 113
Return to tsavo 2001 141
Asia
The enfield and the koran 1980 157
The coils of memory 1999 177
Ocean and Islands
Voyager 1997 203
The ahab complex 1983 217
Blue water blues 1993 233
Yorke island 1999 247
Lost keys 1991 253
Dry tortugas 1996 267
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