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Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea Paperback – 29 Dec 2004

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books; Reprint edition (29 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792274172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792274179
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A luminously written, thoughtful account…exemplary travel writing' -- Kirkus Reviews

'A remarkable work...her encounters with fierce-looking men and women are surprisingly accurate and full of charm' -- Tobias Schneebaum, author of Where the Spirits Dwell

'A travel book that transcends the genre...A resonant interior journey that offers wisdom for our times’ -- EDWARD MARRIOTT, author of THE LOST TRIBE

'Gripping travel writing' -- WANDERLUST

'Imagine you've read every travel book and were invited to meet the authors. You'd think: Which one is Kira Salak?' -- BRAD NEWSHAM, author of TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHSmith Travel Book of the Year Finalist 2003

'It is easy to see why the New York Times dubbed Kira Salak 'a real-life Lara Croft'...a delightfully escapist narrative' -- TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

'Kira Salak is a real-life Lara Croft' -- The New York Times

'Kira Salak is tough, a real-life Lara Croft...unlike many travel writers, she is hip to her inner workings' -- NEW YORK TIMES

'Kira Salak is widely regarded as the gutsiest – and some say, craziest – woman adventurer of our day' -- BOOK magazine

‘Kira Salak is the real thing...There should be more like her in the world' -- BENEDICT ALLEN, author of THE FABER BOOK OF EXPLORATION --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Beach meets Heart of Darkness in an extraordinary travel memoir charting 24-year-old Kira Salak's three-month solo journey across Papua New Guinea.

Following the route taken by British explorer Ivan Champion in 1927, and amid breathtaking landscapes and wildlife, Salak travelled across this remote Pacific island - often called the last frontier of adventure travel - by dugout canoe and on foot. Along the way, she stayed in a village where cannibalism was still practiced behind the backs of the missionaries, met the leader of the OPM - the separatist guerrilla movement opposing the Indonesian occupation of Western New Guinea - and undertook an epic trek through the jungle.

Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Travel Book of the year, Four Corners is both a gripping true story and a parallel journey into the author's past, where she revisits the demons that drove her to experience situations most of us can barely imagine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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