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How to Walk a Puma: And Other Things I Learned While Stumbling Through South America Paperback – December 20, 2011
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In just the first six months, Allison is bitten by a puma (several times), knocked on his head by a bad empanada, and surrounded by piranhas while rafting down a Bolivian river—all because of his fear of staying in any one place for too long. Ever the gifted storyteller, Allison makes many observations about life in humid climes and exactly what it is like to be nearly blasted off a mountain by the famous Patagonia wind. His self-deprecating humor is as delightful as his crazy stunts, and his love for animals—even when they bite—is infectious.
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Allison is a very entertaining and self-deprecating writer, who makes the most of his adventures. The kind of guy you'd love to sit next to on a plane or strike up a conversation with in a pub. I particularly enjoyed the very amusing chapters about his experiences "walking" Roy the puma. He has a very good way of communicating what his travel experience was like, both the highs (invariably involving encounters with local people and wildlife) and lows (brutal illnesses, bull ants, lurking caiman crocodiles, tiresome tourists). While ultimately many of the stories amount to "something bad almost happened, but didn't", they are still great fun and well told.Read more ›
This one was just as funny and entertaining as I had hoped it would be though you can tell that Peter went at his journey across South America a little older and a little wiser. I say older because he frequently refers to himself as that. But despite being a little older he held up a lot better than I would have if I had been the one traveling so much.
Of course, for me the best part of the book was that he still managed to get himself into loads of hilarious and dangerous positions. My favourite part of the book is when he talks about meeting Roy, a puma that he was to "walk" every day for about a month. Now while these large cats are considerably smaller than the lions in Africa they're still stronger than any man. They're bodies are all muscle despite their delecate appearence and Peter sure got to experiance the power that Roy had first hand as he was often the one that was getting bitten by, jumped on and dragged along through the rainforest by Roy.
Peter Allison's tales in this book are sure to delight any fan of his works, he's snarky and hilarious in a way that only he could be. His experiences are wonderful to read about and I'm glad he decided to write a third book based on his adventures in South America, the country that lost the coin toss when he was 19 years old and wanting to take a year off.Read more ›
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South America does not hold the fascination for me that Africa always has, but I love Peter's unfailing determination to wring the most out of his travels, and, as usual, I enjoy... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Melinda Mueller
Very entertaining. Allison's writing transports the armchair traveler!Published 17 months ago by CathyWilliams
Very funny stories about his several sojourns in Africa at game parks and preserves.Published 23 months ago by J. Carroll
A wonderful tale by a free spirit on journeys we would all like to have the courage to undertake. Full of funny stories as he pokes fun at himself.Published on May 15, 2014 by Pam E.
Peter is still funny here, but this book wasn't as entertaining as "Whatever You Do Don't Run." If you are trying to choose between the two, skip this one.Published on April 4, 2014 by Kristy Mcgill
Very funny, and Allison's writing has smoothed out from a slightly unpolished start. Read this one in about 3 days. Great read, enjoyable stories.Published on November 30, 2013 by Susan E. Veness
Peter Allison continues his story. You will feel like you are there with him in the wild. You will love it.Published on October 5, 2013 by L. Doty
Could be better, could be worse... the quality of writing was not great. Some of his travels were interesting. Came off a bit superficial.Published on August 11, 2013 by alyssa
Written with his love of wild animals and wild places shining through,this tale of South America is an enjoyable introduction to the continent. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Dalfre