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In the Shadows of the Morning
     

In the Shadows of the Morning

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by Philip Caputo, Phil Caputo
 

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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, for the first time,

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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, for the first time, Caputo's essays, 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 off the coast of Florida with a majestic giant blue marlin 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 Last of the Big Open," 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.

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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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585745203
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.17(d)

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Daily News
A master storyteller.
The New York Times Book Review
Always a thoughtful, intelligent writer.

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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