Wild Coast
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Wild Coast

Travels on South America's Untamed Edge. Ausgezeichnet: Dolman Best Travel Book Award 2013, Hobby/Freizeit
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ISBN-13:
9781846682537
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Seiten:
384
Autor:
John Gimlette
Gewicht:
282 g
Format:
198xx mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
Die spannende und herrlich lebendige Schilderung eines der letzten ungezähmten Orten auf dem Planeten, die Geschichte einer Reise nach Südamerika, abseits der üblichen Touristenrouten.
John Gimlette travels to Guyana, to the Wild Coast in South America, and discovers his ancestral colonial history - one of brutal, cruel and often uncomfortable truths
Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2012
Between the Orinoco and the Amazon lies a fabulous forested land, barely explored. Much of Guiana seldom sees sunlight, and new species are often tumbling out of the dark trees. Shunned by the conquistadors, it was left to others to carve into colonies. Guyana, Suriname and Guyane Française are what remain of their contest, and the 400 years of struggle that followed.

Now, award-winning author John Gimlette sets off along this coast, gathering up its astonishing story. His journey takes him deep into the jungle, from the hideouts of runaway slaves to penal colonies, outlandish forts, remote Amerindian villages, a 'Little Paris' and a space port. He meets rebels, outlaws and sorcerers; follows the trail of a vicious Georgian revolt, and ponders a love-affair that changed the face of slavery. Here too is Jonestown, where, in 1978, over 900 Americans, members of Reverend Jones's cult, committed suicide. The last traces are almost gone now, as the forest closes in.

Beautiful, bizarre and occasionally brutal, this is one of the great forgotten corners of the Earth: the Wild Coast.