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Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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A powerful story of self-discovery, survival in the wild. --The Los Angeles Times
Told simply and yet with a novelist's eye for structure and drama, the story unfolds like a nightmare movie. --Sun Herald
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It was survival of the fittest, and in this situation, the weakest link became despised. The disappointing factor is that at the time when Kevin and Yossi began to despise Marcus, the journey's difficulty seemed minor.
After the emotional abuse, I found it difficult to care for the author's plight. One can only imagine the suffering and confusion that Marcus felt at the betrayal of his friends during a painful and difficult journey. It must have been painful for Yossi to tell his story honestly.
The book would have benefited from photos, even if they were not photos of the actual journey but of the return trip or group shots before the journey.
I originally gave this book only 3 stars but I've changed it to 5 stars. After all, it was very engrossing, well-written and, above all, honest. At the time I wrote the original review, Yossi's treatment of their companion caused me to deduct 2 stars. However, non-fiction books should not be reviewed based upon whether the reader likes the turn the story takes, right? Life isn't a Hollywood script.
The main character of this story is a bit of a dope, and it is hard to feel sorry for him at times. He comes off as a bit hard-hearted, and he makes some crazy mistakes and decisions (I would probably make them too, though!).
Compared to some of the better true-life adventure books out there, I was not impressed. Still, the story had some educational merit. It might keep me from wandering around in the Amazon.
Perhaps this would apply if you were into cook books.
Given that it's half the subject matter in this book it would be better placed in the cook book section of a bookshop under the title "Jungle Food and Other Cuisine"
Yossi Ghinsberg has learnt through his adventure guide Karl just what wildlife and vegetation can be eaten. Some of this life sustaining food many of us would not wish to try.
Nonetheless Yossi gives us the impression he has no problem eating raw unhatched bird chicks, monkey meat etc.
So we read and yawn through more than half the book with the only drama being mosquitoes, bees, foot rash, stinging ants and some irritation between personalities.
Ghinsberg finally decides try and wake the reader up after some food and gift trading with some native villagers that build a Balsa raft for our four white travellers (Karl the Austrian guide, Marcus the Swiss romantic, Kevin the American photographer and our Israeli hero adventurer).
At this point of the story the four are all still together trying to navigate the raft down areas of a river that are fast flowing.
Controlling the raft past rocks and tree debri obstructing their way caused some tension between their guide Karl and Kevin.
Karl who had been generally accepting of whatever the group decided or wanted on their trip up to now declares that they have no idea how to control the raft. He wants to carry on no further and suggest calling it off.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not judging anyone who liked this book. Everyone to his own opinion. But I found the book ridiculous and offensive. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Fortunate Cookie
A good lesson in what not to do. Very appealing to anyone who watches the Survivals Series from the Canadian Broadcast System.Published on January 17, 2014 by skip
I lean toward true stories of survival. I think a lot of others do too. THis one is a tale of man against environment mainly. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by C.A.Lutes
liked whole book sad ending feel like two men are still out there easyily get trapped that reader in with the men so expressivePublished on August 16, 2013 by carol ann johnson
NO pictures ! And the map wasn't too good either. Would have liked to see who I was reading about and the surrounding jungle. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by James Livingstone
The book Jungle started out slow but about half way through it got really exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Stephen Sheffield