Tropic of Capricorn: A Remarkable Journey to the Forgotten Corners of the World


A Remarkable Journey to the Forgotten Corners of the World.

Reeve, takes a 23,000-mile trek around the southernmost border of the tropics, heading east through Africa, Australia and South America. He confronts important issues of our time — our changing environment, poverty and globalization.

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A Remarkable Journey to the Forgotten Corners of the World.

Reeve, takes a 23,000-mile trek around the southernmost border of the tropics, heading east through Africa, Australia and South America. He confronts important issues of our time — our changing environment, poverty and globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
BBC presenter Simon Reeve has hit the road again. After his first around-the-world televised adventure, Equator, he next set out on the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn. This trek, shown on the BBC in 2008, took him through three continents (Africa, Australia, South America) and a variety of peoples and places. This book, a British import, is a well-written companion to the series. Reeve's narrative combines interesting sites and experiences with his bearing witness to ecological and human devastation. He spends time with the San bushmen of Botswana, as they fight for land rights. He witnesses the clear-cutting of the forests of Madagascar, reducing them to a mere 10% of their original size. In the Northern Territory of Australia he visits Aboriginal communities decimated by alcoholism, poverty, and despair. In Paraguay he meets up with a man who lived through the torture rendered by its former dictator Alfredo Stroessner. But all is not lost. In Botswana, he also finds a well-run country with a low corruption level. In Mozambique, the wildlife is coming back after years of the civil war that nearly wiped it out. In Brazil, residents of the slums of São Paolo are taking their neighborhoods back from organized crime and street thugs. VERDICT Recommended for all readers of travel memoirs.—Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Kirkus Reviews
British journalist and broadcaster Reeve (One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation "Wrath of God", 2000, etc.) journeys along the southernmost border of the tropics as a follow-up to his expedition for the BBC series Equator. The Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer bookend a section of the globe that is 3,222 miles wide, "a home to extraordinary natural biodiversity, but an overwhelming concentration of human suffering." In this region, only Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan can claim to have economies described as "high-income." Aiming to explore the various socioeconomic conditions plaguing this region and to understand the ailments of these lands, Reeve begins his journey in Africa and moves east to Australia and South America, finishing in the favelas (slums) of Sao Paulo, considered one of the most dangerous places on the planet. Yes, there's breathtaking scenery en route, but this is travel writing of a sterner sort. The heart of Reeve's narrative beats in his encounters with the people of Capricorn, including the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, Namibian prostitutes, gem miners in Madagascar, Australian Aboriginals and indigenous tribes in Chile, Paraguay and Argentina. He provides a balanced look at their plights and does an excellent job confronting the issues that have wreaked such havoc on this region, including environmental changes, globalization, AIDS and the lingering effects of colonialism. In South America, indigenous tribes who have lived in the mountains for centuries are now being chased off their land with bulldozers. These newly impoverished people will be forced into the slums of the nearest citieswhile the forests they lived in are destroyed to make way for soy farms producing biofuel. This grimly ironic facet to the world's sustainable-energy discussion is one of the many disheartening human and environmental issues Reeve brings to light. An illuminating, readable travelogue and an ethical call to action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846073861
  • Publisher: B B C Worldwide Americas
  • Publication date: 9/14/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 3.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Reeve is the author of The New York Times bestseller The New Jackals and One Day in September, the screen adoption of which won an Oscar for best feature documentary.

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