How to Walk a Puma: & other things I learned while stumbing around South America Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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Praise for Peter Allison: Allison's writing is high on colour and is packed with engaging accounts of the sort of things that are just another day at the office for the average safari guide...full of hair-raising stories of escape and adventure. (Sunday Telegraph)
Peter is the perfect storyteller with the ability to poke fun at himself. Witty, exciting, and ultimately unmissable. (Real Travel)
He writes beautifully and viscerally about the rhythm of bush life. (TNT Magazine)
From learning to walk a puma (or rather be bitten and dragged along by it) in Bolivia, to finding love in Patagonia and hunting naked with the remote Huaorani people in Ecuador, How to Walk a Puma is Peter's fascinating and often hilarious account of misadventures in South America.See all Product Description
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If you imagine Peter Allison as Steve Irwin meets Gerard Durrell after shaking hands with Bruce Parry then you'll get the idea. I can't recommend this book highly enough and urge a) people to read this one and his other two books and b) Peter to write another one ASAP!
Allison is a very entertaining and self-deprecating writer, who makes the most of his adventures. The kind of guy you'd love to sit next to on a plane or strike up a conversation with in a pub. I particularly enjoyed the very amusing chapters about his experiences "walking" Roy the puma. He has a very good way of communicating what his travel experience was like, both the highs (invariably involving encounters with local people and wildlife) and lows (brutal illnesses, bull ants, lurking caiman crocodiles, tiresome tourists). While ultimately many of the stories amount to "something bad almost happened, but didn't", they are still great fun and well told.
Don't read this book to find out more about individual countries in South America or to gain any particular insight into the continent: instead, read it to be genuinely entertained with occasional laugh out loud moments. If exotic and adventurous travel is not on your 2012 calendar, this is the next best thing.
It may not have been quite as hilarious as the previous two books, though, but that was entirely made up for by this one being all the more gripping. The conservation message, I think, is more powerful and thought-provoking, and I'm still at a loss for words when it comes to the author and the Minke. Come on! Surely that must've been more than 'scientific whaling'!
If you're at all into zoology, on and off dreaming of wildlife adventures, or just up for a good laugh in an animal and conservation context - this, as well as Allison's previous books, are must haves!
Whilst I gave it 4 stars, I did,nt enjoy it as much as there didn,t appear to be so much content in the book, a lot of the content included the travelling aspect - and the "Joys" of being on the road more so than when he finally reached his destinations. I think that was because he had to travel long distances to even get to the smallest, remote places but saying that, the humour was there which made it a readable, enjoyable book.
Peter Allison's book is a more personal style of wildlife presenting. Although it purports to also be a travelogue, it's really about the author's interaction with life in general (both people and plants/animals) There's an episode where he gamely struggles to audition for some TV wildlife presenting but finds it not to his liking. This isn't surprising, because Allison's style is far removed from the swagger of false enthusiasm demonstrated on current wildlife programming. Instead, our author creates a more personal interaction with his reader in which we learn some important things about how to look at life in general, and all without being lectured to.
Beautifully narrated and very human, Allison's confident writing reinforces with every single paragraph why he made the right decision to avoid the small screen and stick to his books.
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Don't read this book in public or you might find yourself laughing out loud. A great read and a good book to buy as a gift for anyone who loves animals. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by Mrs. Christine L. Keeling
I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as his first two. His description of his antics is hilarious at timesPublished on 29 Sept. 2013 by Shirley Trickett
Laughed out loud at moments on my holiday reading this book, good animal stories liked it a lot. Will look for his other books.Published on 17 May 2013 by Kerry
I have read his other books , they are all entertaining , funny and a really good read . Can't wait for his next bookPublished on 20 Dec. 2012 by Twigg
As with Peter Allison's previous two novels, I couldn't put this book down. I again was engaged by his way of telling his own story in his unique honest style of delivery which... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2012 by Mrs. Karen McClymont