Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo (Vintage Departures Series)

Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo (Vintage Departures Series)

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by Eric Hansen
     
 

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Eric Hansen was the first westerner ever to walk across the island of Borneo. Completely cut off from the outside world for seven months, he traveled nearly 1,500 miles with small bands of nomadic hunters known as Penan. Beneath the rain forest canopy, they trekked through a hauntingly beautiful jungle where snakes and frogs fly, pigs climb trees, giant carnivorous

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Eric Hansen was the first westerner ever to walk across the island of Borneo. Completely cut off from the outside world for seven months, he traveled nearly 1,500 miles with small bands of nomadic hunters known as Penan. Beneath the rain forest canopy, they trekked through a hauntingly beautiful jungle where snakes and frogs fly, pigs climb trees, giant carnivorous plants eat mice, and mushrooms glow at night.

At once a modern classic of travel literature and a gripping adventure story, Stranger in the Forest provides a rare and intimate look at the vanishing way of life of one of the last surviving groups of rain forest dwellers. Hansen's absorbing, and often chilling, account of his exploits is tempered with the humor and humanity that prompted the Penan to take him into their world and to share their secrets.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[A] book in the highest tradition of travel writing, encompassing grace, curiosity, and fear."—The Washington Post

"[A] gracefully written and passionate—account of a strange world made palpable, written with disarming modesty and rare sensitivity."—The New York Times Book Review

"One reads it and simply marvels."—Outside

Library Journal
Hansen's adventurous walk across Borneo took place in the 1980s, but the forest and culture that he encountered have changed little during the past century. Though he documents his reactions to isolation and to the tropical forest environment and its culture, he is not successful in describing the indigenous people or the forest; a more sophisticated treatment would have enriched the reader's experience. Despite this weakness he conveys the drama of the adventure, not least his navete in undertaking such an effort with such little planning. James R. Karr, Smithsonian Tropical Research Inst., Balboa, Panama

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375724954
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Vintage Departures Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
508,221
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Hansen lives in San Francisco, California.

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Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Eric Hansen is a consummate traveler. I loved this book. While in a different part of the world, another book I read recently and had the same feel of a traveler/adventure truly immersed in his place was Arctic Adventure (recommended on side). Enjoy both.
MCMC More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best travel book I have read. Eric's style isn't about the romance of travel aimed at exciting the couch potato, it is about the adventure and unexpected surprises that travel brings you.

Really a great book. Buy it now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the author speaking of his journeys on NPR radio. Intrested me enought to find a copy and read it. Very well worth the effort and I am reacommending it to family and friends. Must check out more of his books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stranger in the forest was lent to me by a friend in preparation for a much less ambitious trip to Irian Jaya and SE Asia. Over the 10 years since then, I have read it at least 4 times and have lent it to everyone I can.