Gary Mancuso left a lucrative career to set out on the ultimate six-year journey. Trekking back in time with New Guinea's former cannibals, hunting with Pygmies of the Congo Basin, he wandered seven continents, encountering many of the world's remaining traditional cultures. And in totalitarian Myanmar and North Korea, he saw governance at its horrific worst.
Along the way, Gary attended a Madagascan highland feast with an exhumed corpse as guest of honor, and moved to the hypnotic primal rhythms of a Borneo death celebration. He escaped from a Chinese jail, faced down crooked police in Caracas, got staggering drunk with Sufis near the Chechen border, rode with Brazilian cops on a drug bust, and fought off muggers and corrupt officials at every turn.
The Last Places on Earth is a true story of a man gambling everything to fulfill his dream. A wild ride into the planet's remaining wonders, it is a tale of love, loss and personal discovery, holding you spellbound from start to finish.
|Publisher:||Great Lands Publishing Co, LLC.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)|
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"An Amazing Tenacious Journey": This is an amazing travel narrative that holds your attention from the very first sentence about an almost six-year journey that the author, Gary Mancuso, completed. Gary did his long journey to fulfill a lifelong dream and because he wanted to experience some of the most exotic, traditional cultures and wildernesses that are left in the world before they disappear. In telling the story, Gary takes you from one exotic strange land to another and skillfully ties each situation together. I really liked this book because I think it comes across as refreshingly honest. As Gary tells about the cultures he meets and the dangerous situations that sometimes unexpectedly arose, he weaves into the narrative a very personal and compelling story. Traveling for so long is something that most of us can only dream of doing. But, even while traveling, life goes on and dreams come at a price. Gary shares with the reader these very real and touching life issues, from poignant marital challenges, or fighting internal loneliness from being on the road so long, to just doggedly persisting even when seriously sick or and injured. It is these parts of the story that brings the whole experience alive for the reader. I recommend this book to anyone that wants a real, first-hand view of what it’s like to travel to many of the most exotic places and cultures left, but rapidly disappearing, in the world today.
Having always wanted to travel, I began reading this book and found an incredible world I had hardly known existed. Not only did the author have adventures that were unbelievable, but because of his travels, he was able to experience first hand the effect of modern society on heretofore unblemished locations. His final paragraph "...all who yearn to travel in places of still-deep mystery, indescribable beauty...those restless souls who yearn for the idea of the world ...filled with remote, exotic lands... My advice is, go do it now." Gary Mancuso did it, and his book allowed me to go, as well.