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Simply breathtaking. Yossi s story of survival haunted me for weeks. --Bryce Courtenay, author of The Power of One<br \><br \>A powerful story of self-discovery, survival in the wild. --The Los Angeles Times<br \><br \>Told simply and yet with a novelist s eye for structure and drama, the story unfolds like a nightmare movie. --Sun Herald

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

About the Author

Yossi Ghinsberg is a bestselling author, business motivational speaker, and a riveting storyteller, who has worked with such organizations as BP, Citibank, Qantas, IBM, Hilton, BMW, Proctor & Gamble, Fuji Xerox, Telstra, and Bayer. Ten years after almost losing his life in the Amazon, he returned to the site of his remarkable adventure and made it his home. Yossi was instrumental in the creation and construction of Chalalan, a model eco-tourism village that inspires the Amazon basin and the world to this day. He lives in Israel, Australia, and the United States.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Boomerang New Media; 1st ed edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977171906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977171903
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. flynn on February 18, 2007
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Jungle has Yossi, an Israeli, hooking up with two companions and a guide to experience the jungles of South America. The tale of their survival, particularly Yossi's survival when he becomes lost, is captivating and difficult to put down. The backdrop of human nature adds an emotional element to the story.

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.

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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.
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There is rarely a true survival story with great twists and unbelievable coincidences, so I was quite surprised by this book. The story is of four unrelated men, that meet each other in South America and decide to go trekking through the jungle together. They get separated and some barely make it out, and some don't. The author's amazing survival is matched by the coincidences in his journey as well as twists in the plot all the way to the end (which I won't give away here). Because of this, you realize, by the end, that every detail the author gave you was important. He also tells the story very honestly, often willing to show himself in a bad light. This helps make what is already a great book even greater.
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This book gets a 3 on quality, but a 5 on easy read. It makes great airplane reading, or other times when you don't have quiet chunks of time for deeper reading.

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.
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Author Yossi Ghinsberg along with Marcus and Kevin agree to accompany Karl to Indian villages in the South American rainforest thinking it will be the backpacking adventure of a lifetime: what they don't realize is Yossi will find himself alone in a struggle to survive in the heart of the Amazon. Jungle: A Harrowing True Story Of Survival is his autobiography of a survival challenge few others will face. Yossi Ghinsberg provides first-person high drama from its first page telling of his meeting with Marcus and others to his struggle to traverse the Amazon alone, without knowledge of wilderness survival methods. His first- person journey creates a 'you are there' atmosphere throughout and makes Jungle: A Harrowing True Story Of Survival impossible to put down.
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One review on the back cover on this nonsense has Bryce Courtney calling it breathtaking and that Yossi's story of survival haunted him for weeks. Others build it up as a real page turner that you won't put down.

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.
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