But on they trod--with the much-needed help of three Iban natives and an unseen, though oft-quoted river god--through jungle, across rivers whose height may rise seven feet overnight, and via native villages (where they often have late-night parties), with one goal in mind: seeing the fabled Borneo rhino. Fenton is nearly swept away in a whirlpool, they subsist on jungle-worm gruel, and ripping off sucking leeches is a near-daily occurrence, but cultural and natural insights and adventures abound in this rip-roaringly funny and deftly written travelogue that will have you chortling out loud. --Melissa Rossi
I will not spoil all the little surprises they had at mealtime, you will know soon enough when you read the book!
There are three things you should know about Redmond O'Hanlon's Into the Heart of Borneo: it's very educational, it's very funny, and it's a heckuva good adventure.
This the fifth book I've read on traveling in Borneo, and in certain ways it rivals my favorite (Eric Hansen's "A Stranger in the Forest").
Friends of mine cycled around the island of Borneo in the 1990s as part of their Numbum World Tent-Camping Tour. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Holly Doering
Ever consider traveling into the jungle? Read this first. Laugh out loud funny, but also a deeply insightful account—guided by relevant passages from their historical... Read morePublished 9 months ago by David L Stern
No heroics but a very factual and humorous account of a physically challenging trip, a very un-hackneyed portrait of local people, changing times and mores, plus enchanting... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anne O.
Interesting book about trip within Borneo. Written with some humor. Painted a picture of Borneo that made me think it was much too hot, humid, and mysteriously buggy for me to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nancy Pitarys
Redmond O'Hanlan gives a great introduction to the history, geography, demography, birds, botany and biology of Borneo in a lighthearted and entertaining way. Read morePublished 22 months ago by I. Sims
This is a classic travel adventure story. It is not for everyone. I just got into reading travel stories. I like stories with humor, and this has it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dee Masters
A great way to experience the worst travel destinations, the most unsanitary accommodation, and the least reliable travel companions within the safety of your own kindle. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Maudie
I had to read this for a class. I usually enjoy most readings assigned but this book was drab and dull. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by BassJas