Intrigued by tales of the Vazimba people - a mysterious tribe of white pygmies according to some accounts; an invisible telepathic people according to others - Mark Eveleigh travels to the ancient 'Isle of the Moon'. He treks along Madagascar's north-west coast, accompanied first by his pack bull Jobi and then by an intrepid Malgasy guide, Eloi, who prudently dons a bullet-proof vest for the trip. Braving the dangers of the 'Zone Rouge', Mark is probably the first European in more than a century to cross this forbidden bandit country. Before he comes to the end of his quest, and hears the story of the last of the Vazimba at the feet of an old village headman, he explores the difference between myth and reality in a land that has spawned sacred crocodiles, schizophrenic tyrant queens, blood-guzzling spirit animals and people-eating plants. Mark Eveleigh exuberantly captures the spirit of Madagascar in this magical modern-day adventure.
Table of Contents
|1||The Scared Lake, a Malagasy Legend||3|
|1||Into the Long Valleys||129|
|4||Land of the Fighting Sakalava||179|
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Maverick in Madagascar 2001 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I read this book just out of curiosity while planning a trip to Madagascar. I planned on just reading the informative parts, but ended up reading the whole book in 3 nights. The author pulled me along on his trek (actually, I followed willingly) & my interest was held throughout. I got very detailed insight into the country & its people, not to mention a vicarious adventure thru the wilds of Madagascar. This book really is a good read.
Steve Davey, What Holiday: `The simple and uncluttered style of Mark Eveleigh¿s second book belies the adventure and achievement of his trek across the badlands of Madagascar. The book is written in a tremendously well-observed, yet understated way ¿ a welcome antithesis to the bragging and sensationalist hyperbole of much travel-writing. Maverick in Madagascar manages to be both adventurous and meticulous. Engaging yet educational. In a world where travel writers are incessantly conspiring to plan spontaneous adventures and discover unspoilt places, Mark manages to achieve both in an effortless, modest and low-impact way that will serve as an example to his contemporaries whilst uniquely entertaining and inspiring his readers.¿