I've Been Gone Far Too Long; Scientists' Worst Trips

I've Been Gone Far Too Long; Scientists' Worst Trips

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by Monique Borgerhoff-Mulder

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ultimate in armchair travel, this sequel to I Should Have Stayed Home is rife with flamboyant animals, culturally rich tribes and bungling Western anthropologists, biologists and doctors. Twenty-one of the last group contributed their hilarious misadventures here: an anthropologist working in Kenya without her husband turns down the native women's kind offers to share theirs. A sick doctor in Peru endures a local remedy involving a cactus, a fork and notebook paper. A biologist in the African savanna watches a playful elephant toss her Land Rover around. A plant ecologist on Mount Kenya realizes that hyraxes (relatives of the elephant, but the size of woodchucks) have taught themselves how to maneuver the zippers on his tent to get to his stash of cookies. And everyone has a story about the snakes that constantly sink their fangs into hapless humans. ("Unfortunately," writes one jaded doctor on an African game reserve who saw his share of hysterical humans bitten by harmless amphibians, "on the rare occasions that victims of dangerous snakes were brought to the hospital, our antiserum had always expired.") Gone Too Long is the perfect way to explore without getting bitten. (Jan.) FYI: Author royalties will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society and Cultural Survival.
Library Journal - Library Journal
In this follow-up to I Should Have Stayed Home: The Worst Trips of Great Writers (RDR Bks., 1994), 21 biologists and anthropologists provide true stories of their worst days and nights in the tropics. The subtitle sums up the contents quite skillfully. The sometimes lighthearted treatment of the reaction of research subjects to the field worker-"her utter inability to carry all manner of objects on her head, as all Giriama women do effortlessly...provided robust, live entertainment for large circles of family"-is balanced by the often harsh realities of fieldwork, such as a description of a human rabies victim. Because these anecdotes are written by specialists, interesting tidbits of factual information can be found interspersed throughout the book. Recommended for all general collections.-Mary J. Nickum, Bozeman, Mont.

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