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Travels with the Flea: And Other Eccentric Journeys [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jim Perrin
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15 Jan 2004
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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: In Pinn; illustrated edition edition (15 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903238366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903238363
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,783,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Perrin is one of Britain's most highly regarded travel writers. He is a regular contributor to The Great Outdoors, Climber, The Daily Telegraph and broadcasts regularly on radio, he is a former winner of the Boardman Tasker Award for mountaineering writing.

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By Jokerman VINE VOICE
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 3 Nov 2009
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I was disappointed with this book. The Title, "Travels with the Flea", and the quote from "The Observer" on the front cover, i.e. "The pre-eminent writer on the British landscape", gives the impression that that is the main subject of the book. In fact travelling in Britain is a fairly minor part of it, the main subject being Perrin's travels around various parts of the world, much of which I really did not find interesting. However, in fairness I must add that I gave up on this book about two thirds of the way through it, so maybe the best bit was yet to come? Part of the problem for me was that I found Perrin's writing style a bit too flowery for my taste - sometimes the language gets in the way of the story. Another problem, and I don't blame the author for this, is that the print is ridiculously small - and, no, I don't have poor eyesight. Oh well, you can't please all of the people all of the time.
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