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Big Snake: Big Snake (HB) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Twigger

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Book Description

Robert Twigger goes to the Far East in search of the world's longest snake - 'echoes of Gerald Durrell's trips crossed with Redmond O'Hanlon's foray into the heart of Borneo . . . a fantastic book' DAILY MAIL

About to be married, Robert Twigger decides on his last great adventure as a bachelor. Surfing the net, he discovers the Roosevelt Prize - worth $50,000 - for the capture of a live 30 foot python. Armed only with a tin of High Toast Snuff (deadly if sniffed by a snake), Twigger sets off into the remote jungles of Indonesia in search of his prey.

Along the way, he investigates the legendarily beautiful women of Sulawesi, treads in Nabokov's footsteps, looks for giant snakes beneath the sewers of Kuala Lumpur, and spends time with a variety of snake catchers and cults. After being caught up in anti-Chinese riots and surviving on greasy civet cat in the jungle, Twigger finally comes face to face with the big one; but the final capture is not quite what he had in mind.

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Twigger's adventures are vastly entertaining and he relates them as well as he seeks his zoological goal (Publishing News)

There are travelogue, natural history and mythology here, and the hunt is always entertaining and often hilarious. Twigger is a generous and easygoing observer and participant, even when the going gets rough. (Sunday Times)

Funny, immensely readable ... Twigger has found a narrative voice all too rare in contemporary travel writing: clear-eyed, unaffected, deadpan, slyly witty and unobtrusively erudite. By the end you cease to care whether or not he fulfils his mission... Merely to travel in his company is pleasure enough (James Delingpole Mail on Sunday)

Part travelogue, part boy's own adventure story (The Mirror)

Echoes of Gerard Durrell's trips crossed with Redmond O'Hanlon's foray into the heart of Borneo... a fantastic book (Georgia Metcalfe Daily Mail)

A yarn that manages to be ripping, thoughtful and at times very, very funny (Maxim)

A wonderfully enjoyable tale (Independent)

Moving and comic, both a poetic quest and a real adventure, Big Snake paints a hitherto unseen portrait of the Malay and Indonesian archipelagos and will leave you checking under your bed for your own hidden monster snake. A terrific read (Irish News)

Engaging, humorous, and poignant (Joe Culley Irish Times)

Robert Twigger's masterful tale is a rare blend of savage reality and poetic finesse (Tahir Shah Geographical)

Book Description

Robert Twigger goes to the Far East in search of the world's longest snake - 'echoes of Gerald Durrell's trips crossed with Redmond O'Hanlon's foray into the heart of Borneo . . . a fantastic book' DAILY MAIL

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #598,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Robert Twigger writes about extreme experiences and extreme places. He has written about several expeditions to remote parts of the world he has taken part in. He writes in sometimes memoir, sometimes fiction formats.

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1.0 out of 5 stars very dissapointing 4 Jan. 2012
By chondroman - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read 155 pages of this book and found it boring in the extreme.A lot of it was history and not so much about the author.I could not continue reading it it was so boring.Now I know why it was so cheap to buy.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A travel book without direction 18 Jan. 2006
By Mr. T - Published on
Twigger is a great writer at publishing adventure novels in which he starts the quest but never seems to complete it. His books are about growing up and finding himself, but he rarely finds his subject (BIG SNAKE). A self-help book for the over educated who are looking at making their mark by desperately trying to find their niche in life ie: being a writer.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big snake? NOT !!!! Try Big Bogus Bomb. 5 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
This Is not a story about the hunt for the longest python but the hunt for someone else to find the longest python. The Author spends very little time looking for the snake . When one is found at the end of the book he is off getting married. It never even tells us if some zoo bought the big snake the other guys found. I wanted to hear about catching the snake NOT about a rave on the roof of a bank. if you want to read it wait for the paperback or for the library copy. As a highschool Biology teacher who loves to go herping this was a total bust for me. feel free to e-mail me if you have Questions. Sheldon
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Ego: The Hunt for the World's Longest Whine 16 Mar. 2001
By April Mattison-Wolfe - Published on
Well, as treatises on growing into manhood go, it's about average. What gets me is the title: why call it a hunt for a python? All the author hunted was other people to find a snake, and his own elusive maturity. I also cannot imagine going into such an endeavour so unprepared. It would have been more interesting, at least from a herp point of view, if a reticulated python hunted Twigger.
Buy this book only if you have a man in your family that refuses to grow up, and you want to show him into what he could deteriorate.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Snakes and more snakes 23 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
I liked this book - more of a travelogue than a snake book, but entertaining and inspiring. Went and saw some reticulated pythons afterwards, and thought about the world's longest snake... If you liked this book, try the Snakebite Survivor's Club also - hilarious and scary.
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