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Lost in the Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Adventure and Survival [Kindle Edition]

Yossi Ghinsberg
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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'His hope, belief and affirmation that life is a precious miracle in itself should be an inspiration to us all' --BH the Magazine, August 2008


'The book is an unnerving memoir of an adventure in Bolivia that quickly turned into a tragic struggle for survival.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B004TC14OG
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd (31 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly There... 19 Dec. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
To be perfectly frank there are many better survival books than this one ('Touching the Void', 'Into Thin Air'), but Yossi Ghinsberg's nerve-wracking record of three weeks lost and alone in the Amazon jungle is still a credible and creditable contender, a grim and harrowing tale of human endurance against all the odds. In the early pages the writing style may be a little 'student travel journal' - the usual gap-year back-packer memoir - but once the expedition is under way there's a noticeable change of gear as Ghinsberg and his three friends go deeper into the jungle, and stray further away from civilization. From the comfort of one's armchair it's frustrating, even annoying, to see how foolish, amateur and trusting they are, completely underestimating the dangers of the environment in which they find themselves and allowing petty jealousies, weaknesses and rivalries to destabilise and ultimately fracture the group dynamic. But this is just the taster, setting the scene for what lies ahead. When the author is finally separated from his friends and finds himself alone in the jungle the real story begins, and the pace and power of the narrative picks up dramatically. What Ghinsberg goes through in his desperate three-week ordeal really does seem to go beyond the scope of human endurance, and the fact he survives (just) is testament to a steely streak of determination and self-belief not evident in the earlier parts of the book. Along the way there are some truly disturbing set pieces (the termite attack is grotesquely unpleasant), and it is these skin-crawling horrors as much as his coming-of-age resolve to win through that make his story worth this recommendation.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 9 Sept. 2008
By Salsera
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You don't have to be into travelling to enjoy this book - I found it to be utterly gripping as a story in its own right. True, the writing style isn't sophisticated, but that didn't take anything away for me. In the genre of 'Touching the Void', I was left turning each page gagging to know what was going to happen next. And all from the safety of my own armchair. Marvellous.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book - yes in parts it maybe the writing style isn't as polished as some books you see on the shelf, but I feel this only highlights how young Yossi was when he took this trip and reflects a young man's voice. The story feels real and raw, rather than it has been tampered with and over edited. Absolutely amazing story which shows unbelievable strength of character, in short a real page turner which I would thoroughly recommend.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Read 16 July 2008
I'm not usually interested in travel books, but my housemate is just setting off for Brazil and is reading everything concerning the Amazon she can get her hands on. So I decided to have a leaf through its pages, while waiting for my dinner to cook.

...Six hours later I put it down. I almost forgot I was reading a biography rather than a novel. Ghinsberg manages to transport you back to the event with such ease and fluidity that you can't help but continue to read. Instead of pages and pages of description, Ghinsberg uses a lot of dialogue, which helps readers like me, who are not regulars of the travel genre, to easily follow the action. At every turn for the worst my heart began to race, I kept all my lights on, just in case fire ants happened to be lurking in my living room.

I recommend this book to readers of non-fiction and fiction alike. Ghinsberg's story is truly disturbing and will rival any good thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I suggest not reading too many reviews, and definitely not Googling the book as it can give parts of the story away. I did both after completing it and am very pleased I did not do so before buying it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book [Edit: so much so that I am re-reading it, and once you know the whole story you pick new things up the second time around]. It is true that it takes a long time to get to the incident that leads to being `lost in the jungle' (I am deliberately being vague on that as I am trying not to give anything away) but, to my surprise, I am pleased that it took that long. The build-up is relevant to the rest of the book - you need to get to know the characters. It also helps to put you in the position of the people involved.

I read the book in just three days. The events happened a long time ago - in 1982. As the author is Israeli, the book was a big hit in Israel; the story spread from there. A whole tourist industry has built up around it - people want to visit the area where it happened, not just because of the story but primarily because the area is so stunningly beautiful, and due to the diverse flora and fauna. I can see why - after reading the story, you might find yourself drawn to a trip to the area.

The fact that the book has sold over a million copies suggests that it is worth reading. I have to say that there are elements of the story that I found frustrating - but that is due to the characters, their decisions and how they treat each other rather than the way the book is written. For that reason, while I am tempted to rate it as 4 stars, I will leave it at 5.

I did not like some of the characters, and warmed most to the one portrayed the least well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by TING
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Couldn't get into it.
Published 12 days ago by carole ede
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent book, well worth the read
Published 1 month ago by Jon W.
5.0 out of 5 stars I was sucked into the story loved it
Class! having actually been where this happened and knowing the land, how when the rivers flood the jungle becomes flooded due to the land being quite flat, I was sucked into the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read. Very exciting throughout but a sad ending
Published 3 months ago by Jason McGee
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost soul in South America.
If you want to find out about the human spirit, and how one man decided that he was going to survive in the South American jungle, this is the book for you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wilma
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
A wonderful page-turning roller coaster story of survival. Blunt and gripping. The jungle descriptions make you feel part of the adventure.
Published 3 months ago by Happy Sandi
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow-could not put down!
Terrifying but spell binding - I read this in three days! Every backpacker should read. Moral of the story - never leave a man behind!
Published 4 months ago by Alice Dufton
3.0 out of 5 stars great book
Full of surprise and adventure! Maybe not enough about South America and the tribe culture though. I won't be going to the tuichi!
Published 5 months ago by Matthewbuyer
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