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Voices in the Wilderness
Voices in the Wilderness
Price: 5.15

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Poignant and Humorous Tale, 6 Sep 2012
'Chris Hadland has written a wonderful account of the thought processes of a mentally disturbed young man affected by the Jerusalem Syndrome. Chris's powerful use of the descriptive potential of the English language makes the main character, Sol, totally credible, as you accompany him on his journey to, hoped for, ultimate sanity. If, like me, you find people fascinating, this is a book you must read.'

Lionel Ross-Author of Fine Feathers, Hidden Heritage, The Baghdad Declaration, Men of Conviction, the Dalethorpe Chronicles and Souls Apart

Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge
Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge
by John Gimlette
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.92

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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling & Enjoyable, 2 Nov 2011
Travel books rarely make compelling reading. They are often long on gratuitous detail and short on direction to the real soul of the area that is their subject. History is often provided without warmth and the local population only introduced sparingly. THE WILD COAST by JOHN GIMLETTE is a complete exception to all of this. It is a compelling and enjoyable read and I would recommend it not only to those with an interest in the area collectively known as the Guianas, but equally to those who have never visited or are likely to visit this amazing corner of the world. The author`s descriptions, without over-embellishment, of the amazing variety of flora and fauna he encountered are enough to transport the reader into a strange alien hinterland.
Gimlette has the knack of bringing to life a vast array of personalities, both current and historical, major and minor, so that, no matter how strange and outlandish their way of life, they remain credible human beings. The research and scholarship that Gimlette undertook shines out of every page. In this respect I would draw the prospective reader's attention to just two of the occasions when Guiana became almost a obsession with the world's press.
In a section headed humorously, As the Age of Sugar Waned, the Rule of the Dentists Began..., he begins to discuss the rule of a married couple Cheddi and Janet Jagan. They were, of course, both dentists; he was of Indian stock and she was Jewish. They were both communists and the idea that people of their political persuasion should be ruling any country in South America, however unusual and backward, sent the western world at the time, into a flat spin.
The second occasion was far more tragic and involved an American cult leader who styled himself the Rev Jim Jones. In 1977 he moved his church The People's Temple to Guyana and a year later the world learned with absolute horror of the mass suicide and/or murder of his 900 followers. This was an American tragedy but it took place in the jungle of Guyana and therefore became associated forever with that country.
This is not a book written in a dry scholarly manner but a history to enjoy, not least because of the writer's many humorous asides.

Lionel Ross-Author & Publisher

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