Bronze, 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award Best Regional Non-Fiction: Australia / New Zealand / Pacific Rim
Winner of New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards 2019 for non-regional Biography / Autobiography / Memoir
Winner of Readers' Favorite Awards 2019 in the travel book category
Finding Myself in Borneo is an honest and buoyant chronicle of a young Canadian man's adventures during 1968-70, while teaching secondary school as a CUSO volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo). Travel with Neill McKee on his unique journey through vibrant Asian cultures as he learns the craft of teaching, the Malay language and local customs, and gains many friends in his small community. He climbs the highest peak in Southeast Asia-Mount Kinabalu, has a love affair, and navigates Borneo's backwaters to make his first of many documentary films. McKee travels by freighter to Indonesia, where he discovers the scars of that country's recent genocide, a contrast to his hilarious motorcycle journeys in Sabah with his American Peace Corps buddy. They make a hallucinogenic discovery-North Borneo is, indeed, J. R. R. Tolkien's famed Middle-Earth of The Lord of the Rings! The enterprising duo establish the North Borneo Frodo Society, an organization Tolkien joins.
McKee's second Sabah sojourn and other return trips offer the reader the opportunity to match the early anecdotes to what in fact happened to the land and people who touched his life, and he theirs.
|Publisher:||NBFS Creations LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
McKee is busy creating two other memoirs, at present: a humorous and poignant one on his childhood and youth in a chemically polluted small town in Canada; and another on a 15,000-mile, 400-year search for the stories of his ancestors in North America, during which he met distant cousins, historians, and interesting characters to discuss the times and conflicts through which his blood relatives lived. The journey ends at Plymouth Plantation and the Mayflower.
McKee does readings/book signings and presentations with or without photos. He prefers lively interactive sessions.
Table of Contents
1. Travel Notes: Ontario to Singapore
2. Lessons in Kota Belud
3. The Rain at Four
4. A Journey through Middle-Earth
5. Bonding with Borneo
6. Going Native
7. Dog Days
8. Borneo through a New Lens
9. Unpacking the Batik Painting
10. Blessing the Prodigal Son
11. Rounding a Bend in the Road
12. The Sabah Situation
14. Paradise Lost
15. You Can Go Home Again
16. No Longer “The Land Below the Wind”
Postscript: A Brief History of North Borneo
Glossary of Malay Words and Expressions Used
North Borneo Frodo Society
About the Author