A tale of one man's obsession with rainforest jewels, this is the story of an impossible dream: a quest to see every one of the world's most elusive avian gems--a group of birds known as pittas--in a single year. Insightful, compelling, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is more than a book about birds. It's a true story detailing the lengths to which a man will go to escape his midlife crisis. A travelogue with a difference, it follows a journey from the suburban straitjacket of High Wycombe to the steamy, leech-infested rainforests of remotest Asia, Africa, and Australia. Dangerous situations, personal traumas, and logistical nightmares threaten The Jewel Hunter's progress. Will venomous snakes or razor-clawed bears intervene? Or will running out of fuel mid-Pacific ultimately sink the mission? The race is on. . . . If you've ever yearned to escape your day job, wondered what makes men tick, or simply puzzled over how to make a truly world-class cup of tea, this is a book for you.... and our connection with the cracked, pot-holed tarmac at Tuguegarao airport was rather more robust than the manual recommends. ... However, the assembled masses were there to greet a government minister, newly returned from political jousting in ... Aquilino Escobar, our guide for the five-day expedition up Mount Hamut in search of the endemic Whiskered Pitta. ... labouring in front of a wooden charabanc which provided the local taxi service) but it does have a thriving market.
|Title||:||The Jewel Hunter|
|Publisher||:||Princeton University Press - 2013-02-15|