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Travels with the Flea: And Other Eccentric Journeys [Kindle Edition]

Jim Perrin
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Travel writer Jim Perrin is a regular contributor to "The Great Outdoors", "Climber" and "The Daily Telegraph". This volume collects the best of his recent work and covers venues as far apart as Garhwal and Montana, Kirgizstan and the High Arctic, Hungary and Cuba. It features Perrin spending time with headhunters in Borneo, narwhal in Lancaster Sound, wolves in Yellowstone, walking with his dog through Wales and finding out about the "wild tribe" of remote Inishturk.

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'Jim Perrin is an alchemist. He takes the base metal of his own experience and, in retorts fuelled by the power of his observation and skill with language, transmutes it into prose that coruscates with spirit and meaning.' Jamie Jauncey, the Scotsman 'Jim Perrin, Britain's finest outdoor essayist, has won popular admiration for his funny, furious, erudite, beautiful style.' Robert Macfarlane, Guardian Review 6th December, 2003

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Jim Perrin is one of Britain's foremost travel and mountain writers. He has won the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature twice. He ecently moved to Ariege in France where he continues to contribute to the British national press.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing; 2 edition (31 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00796EAPY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The familiar as strange; the strange as familiar 6 Jun. 2002
By Jokerman VINE VOICE
Ranging from Cuba to Caher Island, whale watching in Quebec to trekking the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, biking on a Harley through the American West to searching out the Franklin Graves in the High Arctic - this collection of Jim Perrin's travel writings does not fail to inspire. These essays exhibit all the hallmarks of the Perrin style: a self-conscious quest for the correct word or phrase and a rigorous honesty born of meticulous observation - all senses alert to the quirkily human and the strangely divine.
No subject is too arcane or too everyday, too sophisticated or too street, to escape the egalitarian sweep of his prose, encompassing everything from an encounter with a drug-carrying biker chick - "a gold bar skewered through her right nipple" - to a meditation on the Welsh writer Caradoc Evans, "the Hieronymous Bosch of the printed word". Eclectic literary touchstones are evident as always - peppered references include Thomas Traherne and Thomas Hardy, Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan, Krishnamurti and R.D.Laing - but there are also face-to-face meetings with fellow travel writers Jonathan Raban, Jan Morris, Barry Lopez and Dervla Murphy. Not to mention mystical moments on foot in the animal world - a lone wolf in Montana and the mythic rapport with a Bangor raven...
From beat raps on cafe-life in Machynlleth and bar-life in Budapest to poetic disquisitions on the subtle nuances of landscape, Perrin's elegant cadences rise and fall, from the classical to the demotic, from grouchy rant to romantic rhapsody, from abrasive critique to exquisitely delicate nature description.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Perrin masterpiece 7 Oct. 2013
By Iain10
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Though feeling slightly more disjointed than other JP books, the observations, the erudite detailing and the feelings invoked make this book a wonderful experience. The sad, final eulogy to the Flea is as stunning in its power as it is beautiful....thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric brilliance 16 Nov. 2009
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"Travels with the Flea" is the title of the long last section of this consistently brilliant book, and it is the part I found most knowledgeable and evocative, so anyone not reading this far misses a great deal. The type-size of the edition with a boat on the cover and that entirely deserved commendation is a bit on the small side, but you could always buy the one with the photo of an old hippy (Perrin himself, I think, outside the George Borrow hotel with his Jack Russell The Flea and a pint of Guinness in his hand). The type-size in that is fine and it has pictures too. I bought them both, because the second edition has a handful of additional essays, which shows you where I stand - this is great travel-writing, and as Jan Morris is quoted as saying somewhere, "the best ever written about Wales". The pieces about Wales are the ones I like best, and they took me back to when I was an American graduate student on an exchange scheme at Bangor University forty years ago (I met Perrin himself in those days - he was as wild, eccentric, weirdly knowledgeable and original then as he appears in his writing now). The other travel pieces not on Wales are also very strong. "Travels with a Harley" about careering round the western states of the U.S. of A. on one of our national icons is a hugely funny piece of comic writing, and unlike our sneering export Bill Bryson, Perrin is actually nice about the people he meets, as well as wonder-struck at the landscapes and steeped in the culture. In some ways Perrin's a throwback - he's pretty scholarly, can write a fabulous, balanced prose of classical precision and beauty that's maybe not all that much to the taste of unread readers. He can also write raunchy, mischievous pieces that just play havoc with perceptions he's built up elsewhere. Read more ›
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