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Equator: A Journey Paperback – April, 1997
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According to PW , "From a three-year trip around the world, crisscrossing the equator over three continents, Clarke returned with tales and impressions to delight even the most jaded armchair traveler." He relives his adventures on overcrowded, polluted Pacific atolls, and in steaming jungles, primitive villages and teeming cities.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
In 1984 Clarke ( The Last Caravan , Dirty Money ) set out on a three-year trip around the world along the equator. Since there are no direct land routes connecting all the towns on the equator, Clarke had to zigzag north and south to reach specific points. He traveled from South America east to Africa, Asia, and the equatorial Pacific islands, eventually returning to South America. Clarke describes the political, economic, and social conditions in the areas he visited. His colorful, vivid, and witty style brings the people and the places to life. A down-to-earth, compelling work that often shows the more gritty aspects of life. Literary Guild featured alternate. Kathleen Farago, Lakewood P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top customer reviews
Once he escapes French Guiana, however, the book takes off and is at once funny and depressing, a reminder of how tropical countries lag way behind the developed world.
However, this book was not just a cynical statement about those lines; it was a heartfelt and honest tribute to the places and people found along the way. The kindness and compassion which Clarke writes with is not condescending, but genuinely respectful and curious.
Though it was perhaps an unintended consequence of linear travel, the variety and newness (at least to me!) of places he traveled to was outstanding. This is certainly not just another boring, cliché travel book about Tuscan suns and cozy cafes in Paris - it took me to places I'd never understood really existed.
Thank you for this book - I hope to shake your hand someday.
The kind of book that you regret having read the first time because you'll never get to read it again for the first time!