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Terrific thunderstorms and aircraft mishaps rattle Flannery during his travels. Yet the most memorable quality of Throwim Way Leg is Flannery's incorporation of humans into the natural world he writes about, often contrasting the jungled New Guinea denizens with stark modern technologies. He writes rich profiles of those he has met, and his images are memorable and meaningful: crowds of people gaping at a single television set; the remote landscape of Mt. Albert Edward dotted with cattle, Swiss chalets, and the smoky fires of the Goilala people; the malnourished Yapsiei greeting him reeking of the "sweet, sickly smell" of grile, a form of ringworm.
Ultimately, Flannery looks ahead and sees that the age of discovery is not at all complete in New Guinea, as so much remains unknown. But, in an often-told tale, modern political forces are at work, reshaping those unique natural and cultural environments that Throwim Way Leg explores with such vigor. --Byron Ricks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A great book. Flannery visited very remote areas in New Guinea in the 1980's and 1990's, and yet he finds cultures only beginning to change from the days of tribal wars and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by shep
I'm sorry but I couldn't get past the first 30 pages. Between the misogynist Neanderthal Catholic priest and horrible explicit descriptions of animal cruelty I had had enough. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Neomorphus
It was almost ten years ago that a friend gave me this book, and when I clean out my library, it is one of the books I always keep. Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by KFH
To read this book is to be the armchair traveler to a country where you feel like you have visited with the author. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by C. Marlan
Throwim' Way Leg: Tree-Kangaroos, Possums, and Penis Gourds guides the reader to tops of misty mountains, beside a tropical glacier (for real! Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Okiegirl
I'd like to add my vote to those that reviewed this favorably. This is one of those books you read that cause other family members to comment "can you put that book down for a... Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Brian Allen
I had never heard of this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is about a biologists experiences over years in New Guinea. Read morePublished on August 17, 2008 by L. Haverstock
Flannery is the Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum. This book recounts several of his expeditions in Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya in the 80s and 90s. Read morePublished on August 20, 2006 by Trevor Kettlewell
Without a doubt Tim Flannery ranks with the world's greatest scientist/explorers. He has a wealth of fascinating and valuable tales to tell from his travels to New Guinea. Read morePublished on May 16, 2006 by J. Carson