As an awkward gay kidbullied, bored, and eventually ejected from the Mormon ChurchAndrew Evans escaped into the glossy pages of National Geographic and the wide promise of the world atlas. The Black Penguin chronicles his journey riding public transportation toward his ultimate goal: Antarctica. Part memoir, part travel tale, and part love story, with each new mile comes laughter, pain, unexpected friendships, true weirdness, and hair-raising moments that eventually lead to a singular discovery on a remote beach at the bottom of the world.
About the Author
Andrew Evans has completed more than forty assignments for National Geographic, reporting from all seven continents. He is the author of the Bradt travel guides Iceland and Ukraine and lives in Washington, DC.
Table of Contents
Preface 1 Cold Pitch 2 Sandy Cay 3 Sixteenth and M 4 Ohio 5 Virginia 6 Two Letters 7 Atlanta 8 Ethel, Doris, and Mabel 9 Dixie 10 Light Blue 11 Going Home 12 The Shape of the Earth 13 Telmex 14 Hannah 15 Utah 16 Chicken Bus 17 A Place without Guns 18 England 19 Milkman 20 Panama 21 Through the Plexiglass 22 Death in Colombia 23 Close Call 24 Court of Love 25 Middle Earth 26 Bananas 27 Medzhybizh 28 A Thousand Miles of Sand 29 The Laws of Physics 30 Rainy Season 31 Argentina 32 Marching as to War 33 The End of the World 34 Pionero 35 The Drake 36 Antarctica 37 The Black Penguin Epilogue Acknowledgments Transportation from Washington, DC, to Antarctica
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A few summers ago at a dog picnic party in Washington DC I met these two adorable dogs and their fathers. Then one day one of the fathers and I happened to be at the gym on side-by-side treadmills talking about travels. I had no idea then that the person I’d met was the famous and much loved world traveler Andrew Evans; such is his modestly. When I think back on it, I wonder how he was able to stay so humble while I no doubt went on and on about what I thought were my own grand adventures . . . and also I wonder how slowly we were both running that we were able to have a conversation on the treadmills. Eventually I learned of Evan’s full awesomeness and ordered his new book, The Black Penguin, which I truly loved and think you should read too. When I got to the part where he goes for his first jog of the trip and stops mid-run to eat arepas the part about the treadmills started to make more sense. If you like reading about the epic journeys of great, kind people; BUY THE BOOK!
Loved it. Loved it Very entertaining story about his travels by bus to Antartica. Sweet, sad story of his desire for acceptance