Mad White Giant Paperback – 4 Feb 2002
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From the Back Cover
'Mr Allen undertook one of the Last Great Adventures left: to journey between the mouth of the Orinoco and the Amazon, one and a half thousand miles as the vulture flies, through jungle inhabited by eccentric prospectors and gullible Indians. He has written a marvellous book.
PETER HILLMORE, 'Literary Review'
'Thoroughly enjoyable and frequently very funny… As he makes his picaresque journey, Mr Allen encounters just about every horror imaginable: carnivorous fish, blood-thirsty jaguars, dead bodies (human and animal), vampire bats, scorpions, ants, parasites and mosquitoes.'
NEW YORK TIMES
'The age of adventure is far from dead so long as people like Benedict Allen tread the earth.'
IAN HAMILTON, 'Yorkshire Evening Post'
'Levels of literary comedy and pathos rarely achieved outside the novel. It is an irresistibly absorbing story both for its warm humanity and affection for the Indians and for its understated but serious warnings about the various threats to their primitive way of life.'
About the Author
Benedict Allen is one of the UK's most prominent explorers. For the past twenty-five years he has conducted solo expeditions through the Amazon jungle, along Namibia's Skeleton Coast and across Mongolia's Gobi Desert without the use of GPS, satellite phone or other means of outside support, as we as having written ten books of his adventures and editing The Faber Book of Exploration. He was the first explorer to bring the full experience of remote travel to television - taking the genre to its limits by not using a camera crew and so bringing an immediacy to his experiences. Allen regularly gives lectures at the Royal Geographic Society.
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Top Customer Reviews
His journey is not only about the alien landscape of the Amazon and how he survives it but his encounters with new people and the friendships he forges. These people are, without doubt different from ‘us’ but you will soon discover that the common thread that binds us all is as simple as our humanity. Allen comes across the most unusual of situations and the rapid twists and turns of the journey will leave you gasping for breath. This book will give you an appetite for more - it is definitely a must read for all armchair explorers!
Benidict learns to live in harmony with his surroundings by following the local peoples examples, his desire to learn and to complete his journey is an inspiration. There is never a dull moment or a detail lost.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book stands the test of time, as relevant and readable as it ever was, it is a classic.Published 6 months ago by mark lawrence
I thought I would give Allen another chance to impress me after reading another of his books, but I have to say, I'm thoroughly disappointed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Miss Danielle Woolley
My favourite book ever. The 1st, but best that Ben has written over his career as an adventure. Capturing the essence of the people he meets and help him.Published 18 months ago by patricia spadling
Used to watch Benedict on the telly. Loved him because he is always so miserable. Husband and I found this very funny.Published on 10 Jan. 2014 by Ms G. Murfin-shaw
Read this as a good tale and you're ok, but don't for one moment think that it is truthfull. When Benedict was doing this journey "some say" ;) that he was mysteriously seen back... Read morePublished on 10 April 2012 by jr
I'm not a big reader - but this is one book I stumbled across that I couldn't put down. I'd seen "Ice Dogs" on TV - his journey across Arctic Circle and looked him up to see if... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2012 by S. Farnsworth
As well as being a compulsive, thrilling read this book deals with issues of indigenous peoples and the destruction of ancient cultures by the western civilisation. Read morePublished on 19 July 2004
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