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Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo (Methuen non-fiction) [Paperback]

Eric Hansen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041375930X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413759306
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The humorous story of the author's travels in Borneo where he made lifelong friends with the Penan, jungle people who can catch fish with their feet, imitate the cry of the elusive barking deer, and survive in a fearsomely inhospitable environment. With their help Hansen learned to hunt pigs, danced in the tribal rituals, discovered the eyewatering nature of Penan sex aids and was given the ceremonial name "Rajah Kumis": King of the Moustache. He conveys how he came face to face with himself in the patch of map marked "unsurveyed", and records the experience of living in a proud and ancient tribal community based on mutual respect.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Adventure book. 20 Jun 2005
By Hugh
This is the most remarkable story! The author travels from one end of Borneo to the other. Trading shotgun shells, (plus other things) to pay for guides, food and shelter he spends 7 months in the jungle!
Funny, scary and mind expanding, this book is the best travel book I've read.
After returning from 7 months in the jungle, he shares a room with a Canadian guy. After showering, he walks into the bedroom; the Canadian is sitting on the end of the bed, with a teddy bear neatly in position by his pillow, the guy's got pen in hand and asks "So, give us some tip for jungle survival!"
Seriously cool inspirational book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure travelling at its best 30 May 2003
This is by far the best piece of (real) adventure travelling I have ever read. Those who have travelled on foot through Borneo will understand but even if you haven't had the pleasure to visit this fantastic country, Eric's sense of places, people and his humour will leave you in a cloud of dreams. A must in your travelling collection.
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By Westo
A real treat for those (like me) who have visited Borneo yet didn't have the time (or the guts!) to go right into the depths of the jungle and off the tourist trail. Hansen manages through his writing to stimulate your imagination effectively enough to make you feel as though you are there with him - a measure of any good travel story. I have read a number of Borneo adventure narratives and this is amongst the best. Thoroughly recommended.
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