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Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo (Methuen non-fiction) Paperback – 5 Apr 2001


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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: 12.9 x 2.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,273 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 By Hugh on 20 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ben Charmoy on 30 May 2003
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Westo on 29 Dec. 2001
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo Wagner on 19 Jan. 2005
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I read this book when I was actually in Borneo where I spent over a year, visiting many of the places described in the book.

I found it plainly ridiculous!

The real Borneo is nothing like the mystical "deepest-darkest" fantasy-world described in this story, nor was it even when those travels were supposedly taking place...

It is amazing that this book got such good marks from other readers and probably the best example of how many high tales a writer can get away with about far-away places where most readers haven't been. :-)

A more realistic description of the same places on a similar trip could be read in "A Stroll Through Borneo" by James Barclay.
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