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Book Title: Equator: A Journey|
The author of the book: Thurston Clarke
Edition: Harper Perennial
Date of issue: February 1st 1990
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 517 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.3
ISBN 13: 9780380708550
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This was a work of travel fiction at its best. Fascinating, educational, entertaining and fairly unbiased. Clarke started his journey around the equator 30 years ago and it too a few years to complete, taking him to some of the world's most remote, poverty ridden, exotic (for the adventurous) or unknown (for geographically challenged) locales and their economically/socially depressed/underdeveloped nations. Locations I personally would never want to visit, which makes it all the more interesting to read about. Clarke is a cynic, an American who doesn't appear to be in any way enamored by the tropical island dreams or prone to romanticizing poverty (unlike for example J Maarten Troost, whose approach to exploring such locations is much more lighthearted). Clarke portrays the places he visits with an unflinching honesty, often times to horrifying effects, occasionally to heart warming ones. He seems less taken in by flora and fauna and more by the human beings, although does a splendid job of describing both. Sure in 2014 this book is somewhat dated, particularly certain things like portrayal of pre 1994 genocide Rwanda. But on the other hand some things are frighteningly contemporary like certain tropical pacific island nations, also written about more recently by the aforementioned Troost. There is much food for thought here about the devastating (or not depending on the reader's point of view) effects of colonization, war and exploitation, whether might makes right and a civilization is a linear progress and is directly related to conformity. All in all an absolutely excellent book for any armchair traveler, global thinker or anyone looking to expand their horizons. Highly recommended.
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Read information about the authorThurston Clarke has written eleven widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including three New York Times Notable Books. His 'Pearl Harbor Ghosts' was the basis for a CBS documentary, and his bestselling 'Lost Hero', a biography of Raoul Wallenberg, was made into an award-winning NBC miniseries.
Clarke's articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards, he lives with his wife and three daughters in upstate New York.
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