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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tindal Street (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955138426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955138423
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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A lively and exotic adventure novel, thronging with picaresque
characters, raucous magic and unfamiliar customs.
-- Publishing News

About the Author

WILL BUCKINGHAM studied Fine Arts before running away to Indonesia to study sculpture in the Spice Islands. While in Indonesia he spent time in the Tanimbar Islands, where his research took him into even stranger territory as he suffered malarial fevers, witchcraft, exorcism and idiosyncratic forms of folk medicine. He returned to the UK to study anthropology and then philosophy. He now lives in Birmingham.

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Format: Paperback
I bought this book to read on holiday. I accidentally got into it after reading a few pages at home and finished it a few days after that. From word go the author's mischievous humour and colourful characters are a source of great hilarity, as are the rather strange customs of the people of the small Indonesian island where the book is set. There again, that is nothing to the strangeness of the westerners in the novel whose perfectly sensible actions, when seen through the eyes of the locals, are proven to be founded in utter madness!

A raucous romp - hughely enjoyable, and I will most certainly be looking out for this author's second novel.
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A great page-turner that will have you hooked until the final high wire scenes. An air of mystery is maintained throughout, but the story moves forward at great speed - skillfully weaving together numerous characters, and all the while exposing the social, cultural and community clashes that underpin the novel's narrative drive.

A very promising debut novel.
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I bought this book after seeing Will Buckingham at a writer's workshop and being intrigued by the descriptions of the book as "the thinking man's Indiana Jones". I read this book in one sitting. How often do you find a book that makes you want to do that? Not because it's a page-turning thriller but simply because I was enjoying it so much.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Insulting, degrading 22 May 2015
By Terence Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This story shows that Will Buckingham is an English snob. It is written in ignorance of historical events that link the Tanimbar islands with the region. For him to go there and then write this abhorrent novel shows his English insensitivity and arrogance. Cargo Fever makes farce the slave history of the island where a boat-culture existed prior to the Catholic missionary presence. The captured mythical creature compares with the figure of "Timor Joe", the true story of a man rescued from slavery on Tanimbar who later settled in a colony that was to become a state of Australia. If he had gone to Darwin when he visited the island he would have mentioned the research of Peter Spillett and Margaret McKinnon in links on his website. This novel shows the arrogance and the contempt he has for the region and that he should never have gone there, or that it is a habit of the English, once they are back on home soil, to ridicule everything non-English!
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